In the last four years, I have been thinking about what my life would be like as I wrote my last one or two blog posts about my college journey. What my life is like right now with a pandemic happening and a complete change of my senior year and post-graduation plans, this is not what I would’ve guessed.
For those who are reading this and don’t know, I have been writing a blog post every month since I started college in September 2016 for a scholarship I received with the Concord Foundation. The point of it is to continue to build relationships between the scholarship recipients and the people from Concord.
It is hard for me to even write anything out for this blog post because I know it was supposed to be exciting, eventful, thrilling, and even emotional as I could reflect on saying my final goodbyes to the place I spent the most time at in the last four years. Circumstances right now are obviously not that, but I am doing my best to make the most out of the time I still have at Hamline, even though it is not the same.
As of right now, I only need to finish my Communications Senior Seminar Research paper and then I am officially done with college. I have been continuing to work at my job in our student center and my job with our Programming Board. The campus is completely shut down, except for our student center for on-campus students to get food-to-go. On our Programming Board, we have been planning and executing virtual events and programs for students to still have access to. I can’t say it has been a success as much as we hoped, but this is a brand new venture and we have been doing our best to be uplifting and build community. After May 22nd, I will be out of all jobs since I will be an official graduate (graduation was supposed to be May 23rd) and because I lost my restaurant job and my dance teaching job at Justice Page Middle School.
My original plan, before COVID-19 struck, was to save money over the summer by working at my restaurant job and finding another part-time job. Once the fall or winter came around, I was planning on moving to Europe to get my Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification and find work in Amsterdam for some time. This plan has now changed for obvious reasons. Maybe in a year from now, I could still make my journey to Europe, but for now, I had to think seriously about what I am going to do. For the last few weeks, I have been applying to jobs in the Twin Cities and Chicago. I have had some interviews and am waiting on responses from other applications. Surprisingly, I do not feel as stressed out as I probably should be feeling, but I have so much hope for what is supposed to come my way, despite all the craziness and uncertainty happening around me.
I will most likely continue to make monthly posts on this blog site. It has been a great way for me to pause and reflect on the direction I am heading and think about where I want to go. Next month will, however, be my last post reflecting on my college experience. If you have been reading my monthly updates each month or every so often, thank you! I hope we can all connect in person sooner than later. Stay safe and keep lifting one another up!