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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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!