You’ve Graduated, What’s Next?

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Let me set the scene for you… It’s May 2016.  I graduated with my Master’s degree at 22 years old and for the first time in my life, I asked myself: What’s next???

Well, I knew some things.  I knew I would become a teacher and move in with my then-boyfriend, now-husband.  But where would I teach?  Where would we live?  I had no idea where I would be in the next few months and it was terrifying!  It was especially terrifying because I thought I would have a job by graduation, but I didn’t.

The summer of 2016 was very difficult for me.  I had a lot of anxiety during job interviews and faced rejection repeatedly.  It wasn’t until August when I finally was hired!  Within one week, I signed a contract for a teaching position, purchased my first car, and signed a lease to a condo with my husband.  I was so relieved!  I finally knew what was next, but in retrospect, I didn’t really.  I had no idea what it felt like to live with my husband and pay my own bills.  I had no idea that I would be laid off as a result of budget cuts months later, apply for jobs all over again, and then find out that after retirements and resignations, I would be able to keep my position after all.  I had no idea that what I just said would happen during my first year of teaching, but my second also!

If you’re in this boat of uncertainty in life right now, I want you to know that it’s going to be okay!  When you’re put in a position in life where you’re uncomfortable, you grow the most.  You’re going to grow from this new stage in life and the new experience ahead of you.  You’re going to be okay, even if you don’t exactly know what’s next.  The best thing I’ve learned from the past two years is that there is beauty in the unknown.  Life will take you to so many places that you never expected and sometimes it will be really tough.  You’ll feel frustrated and you won’t know why things happened as they did, but you’ll look back and say you’d do it all over again!  Life is unpredictable; enjoy the ride!

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