Backyard :)

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My backyard! I still can’t believe I get to LIVE here.

Pre-graduation Reflections and Countdown

As graduation draws near, I am so grateful to have my life fall (mostly) into place and to have post-graduation plans that I am happy and excited about.

This time two months ago, I was dreading graduation because I had NO idea what the heck I’d be doing, where I would be living, or what the future had in store for me. I was literally miserable with jealousy every time I logged onto facebook and saw that another acquaintance had gotten a job offer, been accepted into law school, was moving to a new city, etc.

But now I can honestly say that I would not trade my post-grad plans with anyone or anything. And if I’m being completely honest, I think my future plans beat anyone else’s that I’ve heard. I mean, how many people get to go live on the beach for eight months AND have a holy-shit-I-can’t-believe-anyone-would-ever-pay-me-this-much finance job waiting for them on the other end? It seems like everything has clicked into place for me, and I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, but maybe it won’t–maybe sometimes you just get this lucky.

Anyway, this is what my life is looking like for the next month:

  • May 16-17: Finals–Business Policies and Econometrics on Wednesday, followed by Globalization of Capital Markets on Thursday. Then I’m done with school FOREVER!! for now. Who knows what the future will hold?
  • May 18-19: Graduation parties. Woo-hoo!
  • May 20: Graduation! University of Maryland is so big that we have individual ceremonies for each college as well as a general ceremony. I’m skipping the general ceremony and just doing the business school’s ceremony–my degree is in Finance and Economics. My little sister is coming from Pittsburgh, and my parents and aunt and uncle are coming too. We’re going to lunch beforehand then graduation is in the evening. Initially I didn’t want to go to any of the ceremonies because I was so unsure about my future, but once things solidified I decided to, and I’m so glad I am!
  • May 21-22: Baltimore and DC to catch up with my BFFs before I leave–I am going to miss these girls so much!! I will miss the cities as well, especially Baltimore which is where I was born and lived until age 7.
  • May 24– June 7: Ft Lauderdale!!! As I mentioned before, I am dating a guy who lives in Ft Lauderdale that I met on when I was on spring break. He bought my plane ticket literally less than a week after I got back from spring break. At this point, I hadn’t decided to move to Ft Lauderdale, hence the vacation right before I actually move there. This works out well though, because it gives me two trips to get my stuff down there.
  • June 8 – 11: Ohio with my family for my Grandma’s 95th bday. I didn’t know about this until after I had my tickets for Ft Lauderdale, but the timing is perfect and I’m so glad that I’ll get to see my extended family before I leave!
  • June 11-13/14: Visiting my sister in Pittsburgh. My parents will drop us both off on the way back from our grandparents’, then I’ll take the bus back.
  • June 16: One-way ticket to Ft Lauderdale!!!

I have more to say about Ft Lauderdale but I need to get back to studying for finals! But that’s what’s going on in my life right now 🙂

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(Okay I had to throw in at least one Ft Lauderdale picture!)

So Here’s What’s Going On in My Life

I post quite a few personal posts to my tumblr but always forget to update here! I’m not sure how many people actually read this compared to tumblr, but for those who do, here’s an update on my life:

  1. Exactly two weeks from today, I will officially be a college graduate! My degree is in finance and economics. So just 2 more weeks of classes, projects, and finals to get through and I am DONE!
  2. For the past month I have been deliberating over whether to accept a job offer in finance for a major Fortune 500 company. I wasn’t sure if that’s what I wanted to do, but I was able to get the start date pushed back, and on Friday I officially accepted! It starts in late January/early February 2013.
  3. In the meantime, I am moving to Ft Lauderdale Beach! I am dating a guy I met down there and will be moving in with him (I met him two months ago on spring break, and just went back to visit last week). I will be visiting for two weeks from May 24-June 7 since I already have those plane tickets, then I’m coming back to Maryland, doing a few trips/family things, then turning around and heading back down to Ft Lauderdale for good sometime in late June. I have wanted to move south/to the beach for my entire life and this is a dream come true.
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This time 2 months ago I had NO idea what I wanted to do with my life or what in the heck I would be doing post graduation. I was SO stressed out and dreading graduation and any questions about my future. Now I have a plan and I couldn’t be happier. I will be living right on the beach, running and surfing every day, and basically living the dream. If things work out financially I may stay there, if not, I still have a job waiting on the other end.

So that’s what’s up with me! And if you’re interested in more personal posts and content, follow me my tumblr: If It Wasn’t Easy.

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