Through the Years: Sophomore Struggles

So today is my last day of work. I can’t believe I’ve been here for ten weeks! It feels like just yesterday I got back from Europe and started my job. And I never thought I’d say this, but I enjoy being here every day. I love the people I work with, my supervisors are friendly and knowledgeable, and everyone genuinely wants me to succeed when I leave for Rhode Island.

I’m not ready to leave. I’m going to miss my little cubicle. I’m going to miss goofing off with Keona, who is now my work best friend and soul sistah. I’m going to miss all the ways this office reminds me of Dunder Mifflin from The Office. I’m really going to miss it here.

Bye Bye Cubicle :(

If I were to be 100% honest with you guys, I would tell you guys how nervous I am about this next stage of my life. It’s scary not knowing where I’m going to end up after my 7 weeks of training in Rhode Island. It’s scary knowing that there is a 99.9% chance I’m not coming back to the offices in Florida. It’s scary thinking that there is a 99.9% chance I end up in a city where I don’t know anyone.

But I’m also excited. It’s exciting knowing that I’m going to be able to support myself financially. It’s exciting knowing the apartment I move into is going to be my own. It’s exciting thinking of all the people I’m going to meet and friendships I’m going to form during these 7 weeks of training. It’s exciting knowing that I’m moving to a completely new city and be able to start over.

Tampa? Chicago? Atlanta? Baltimore? Raleigh? SE Mass?

For the first time since my sophomore year in college, I’ll be living in my own apartment. I’ll be paying rent on the first of every month. I’ll be shopping for my own groceries, and be responsible for making my own breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. It’s going to be different, but I think it’s going to be great :)

Through the Years: Sophomore Year

Speaking of sophomore year, here’s part two of my mini-series Through the Years which reflects on each of my four years in college. In case you missed it, here’s part one:

Sophomore year was full of many life lessons that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life. I moved into an apartment for the first time with my roommate from freshman year and two of our friends. It was a lot of fun, but I learned a lot about what it’s like to live outside of my freshman dorm room bubble. It was my first glance into what life is like in the real world with real bills, and real problems.

Circa 2009

  • Lesson #7: Apartments = Freedom = Parties = Decline in grades. Sure it’s cool that you have your own apartment. You can finally store that liquor bottle in the freezer (and then put it on top of your shelves when you’re done with it. Classy ;)). But with more opportunities come more responsibilities. Make sure you stay on top of your studies, trust me, it’s easy to just blow off class because it’s too much effort to drive to campus. It’s easy to just lay in your bed all day and live in your apartment bubble. Push yourself and make yourself go to class.

The Pink Party :)

  • Lesson #8: Budget your money. Once I moved into an apartment, I didn’t have a meal plan anymore. I had to budget out my monthly allowance so that I could afford groceries each month (and not live off of those $1.69 6-packs of Ramen noodles).
  • Lesson #9: Give sorority recruitment another chance. After swearing that I would never put myself through that again, I decided to give recruitment another chance. This year I went through with my best friend and roommate, and kept an open mind. I didn’t have my heart set on one house, and ended up in the house I truly belong in. It turns out, I had had this house the year before when I dropped from recruitment, but I was so set on another house that I didn’t even give it a chance. It’s true what they say, Everything Happens For a Reason.



  • Lesson #10: Live a little. Although it’s important to budget your money, spend the extra $$$ on a vacation with your best friends. You’ll remember those memories for the rest of your life, promise.

I’m off to finish up the workday. I’m actually hoping it goes by slow for once, I’m not looking forward to saying goodbye! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend full fo fun times! Mine will be full of tailgating with my parents (Go UCF! :) ) and a boat day on Sunday. Happy Friday!

What life lessons did you learn when you moved into an apartment for the first time?

Tell me what city is your favorite and why: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Tampa, Raleigh, or Southeast Massachusettes! :)


  1. says

    So when exactly do you leave? Enjoy your last day and your new adventure!! Can’t wait to hear alllll about it. :)

    Of those places, I’ve only been to Chicago. From what I saw, I DO think that it would be a fun place for a young professional in her 20s. But then I’m sure every place you could end up would be great–you’re going to have a great time with this new chapter in life!

  2. says

    You were lucky to have a job that you are so sad to leave. Good luck with everything! I know how scary it can be but I am sure you will thrive.
    Sophomore year probably had the most struggles for me, too. It’s hard to adjust!

    • says

      Hahaha I knew you lived in Chicago! I was actually going to email you about it :) I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the city and everyone I’ve asked has hands down said CHICAGO for me to go to after my 7 weeks of training.

  3. says

    The biggest of my first off campus apartment: Don’t live directly above a Papa John’s Pizzeria. Sophmore Sagging Gut Syndrome is unavoidable.

    I life in, and love, Atlanta. It is a big city with a small town feel. There are all these cool neighborhoods around town with unique personalities. The weather gets hot in the summer but it’s gorgeous for 3 months in the spring and fall. Plus, there are 4 seasons here. Little snow in the winter, but you’ll definitely be able to enjoy bundling up against the chill during the holiday season.

    Good luck on the next phase of your journey!

    • says

      Thanks Dan! Originally I was most interested in Atlanta! I love how it’s a big city, but it’s not SO big that I feel as if I’d get lost in it. It’s not too cold like the northeast, but enough so that the seasons change. Definitely looking into it after my 6 weeks of training in RI! :)

  4. says

    Hey Sara! Just found your blog and am lovin it :) I recently actually just moved to NC and am absolutely loving it (about 2 hours from Raleigh).
    I go to/have gone to Tampa a lot throughout the last few years because my boyfriends mom lives there so we visit quite a bit but – it is actually really nice there for a larger city though I always feel overwhelmed there because I am just not a “big city” person in general so i think its just ME haha. but good luck and cant wait to hear more about it!

    • says

      I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog! Thanks for all your advice, I’m kind of a more “big city” person because I’ve always lived in my small little hometown. I’m so excited to share with you guys where I’m going after training!! :)

  5. says

    Aw, great post! Can’t wait til you’re in RI and we can hopefully meet up :). You will have a fabulous time on your new journey! I think the big thing for me when I moved into an apartment was seeing how different the way my roommate and I lived was. We got along great, but it was really eye opening to see that not everyone cleans up after themselves the way you do, and that not everyone takes responsibility.

  6. Camilla says

    Tampaaaaaa! So you can hit me up girl! 😉 All sound amazing- it’ll end up perfect! Enjoy your weekend, pretty girl!! 😀


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