I remember that sunny August day in 2007, when I waved goodbye to my family as they drove back home and I was left here to fend for myself. I was finally at college, on my own, grown woman status. I could do whatever I want without my parents saying anything. I was free to come and go as I wanted. I could choose whether or not to go to class (which I always did, FYI). Also, I was alone. I knew nobody here. I had to start all over. At first college was rough, home sickness soon set in and I was ready to transfer colleges. As my freshman year went on, I soon started to love my school. I made friends and enjoyed college life a little bit.
Fast forward four years later; I’m having the time of my life. I found a small group of friends who turned from friend to into my family away from family. I’m involved in two award winning organizations, and have a job that I love. I am taking classes that I actually look forward to going too.
And now college is over. I’m done with college. On Monday, after I turned in my last test to my professor, he looked at me, shook my hand and said, “Congratulations, almost graduate.” I said thank you and left to catch the bus back home. As I was walked out of the business building, I turned around to look at the building I spent the last seven semesters in, my second home away from home. This was truly the last time I would ever have a class in that building. As I was walking across campus, it hit me: “I am done with college.” I looked at the buildings I had classes in and where I used to hang out at. My realization: four years went by so damn fast. In the blink of the eye, it’s over. School is over. I’m done with school.
As my professor told my class a few weeks ago, all we have ever known for the last 18 years is school. Since I was four, I always knew what I would be doing everyday and my days were already planned out. As I enter the real world, I wonder what is next. The uncertainty makes me nervous and scared. But I am also excited to see what the future holds for me. From my career to future relationships, life is about to change. And I’m ready, so bring it.
I hope you will join me on this journey called life in the real world.