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Thoughts on Graduation and Post-Grad Life

Reflections on graduation, what comes next, and the journey that lies ahead.

It’s weird to think that just last month I finished up my college career. It’s been a wild four years, and I’ve learned so much from them. I’ve made awesome friends, gone on adventures, found love, lost that love, learned skills to get me through the next chapter of my life, and a lot of fun along the way. Yet, with graduation comes a moment of bittersweetness. I can’t see my friends as often as I used to. I can no longer go on as many adventures, though hopefully that will change. And I’ve entered the even more wild world of adulthood and the job search every graduate faces.

That’s not to say there isn’t anything to be excited about. Recently, I started looking at jobs near the city, so I can be closer to some of my fellow alums. I have a set goal in mind for the next few months in terms of moving. And once I’m on my own, I can start planning adventures again. The future is wide open and full of possibilities if I’m willing to step out and take them. And that’s going to be the hardest part. I was never the go-getter type in high school or college. But now I get the chance to be one. And I intend to start living the life of one.

There will be some changes now that I’ve graduated. My content won’t focus as much on college topics, though I do intend to give some tips as the school year begins and around graduation time. Instead, I want to take a bit of a new direction. Graduation allowed me to not worry about schoolwork anymore, and I was able to think about my focus and where I want to take it. So, I want to start adding new topics to my blog as I move forward.

The first I’ve already started, which is geek culture. I’m a huge geek, not quite a nerd, and I love all things to do with fandoms and the communities that build around them. It’s incredible how people from all walks of life can sit down in one room, watch a movie or TV show, and gush about it for hours afterwards without one fight breaking out. It’s amazing, and so unique to fandom communities. I want to further explore this category and share my own fandoms with you guys.

The second is writing, which I’ve also covered before. I love writing fiction, and it’s my dream to become a published author, and even teach writing at a university. I won’t be posting stories per say. However, I do want to cover some writing tips for storytelling and even how storytelling has helped me with blogging, too! I’m also looking to start a Patreon for my stories, so I might post a few of those here as well! We’ll have to see how that all works out of course. But I’m really excited to tell you guys about writing stories and what goes into that.

The last thing I want to add is fashion. I know, it’s cliche, but hear me out. This isn’t regular fashion. One of my little known passions (and the reason my closet hasn’t had a makeover in years) is ethical fashion. Ethical fashion is a movement designed to produce sustainable and environmentally friendly clothing and decor without the use of mass production or slave labor. From thrift shopping to only buying particular brands, I want to cover how to shop ethically on a budget. It’s a really important humanitarian and environmental movement that puts the power in the consumer’s hands, not the business’s. And I want to show you guys how you can make this part of your routine.

Graduation is something everyone goes through at some point. It marks a change, an achievement. And for me, graduation means more than just an achievement. It marks the beginning. The beginning of a journey. And I hope you join me as I start off this new journey into adulthood. It’s not going to be easy. But that’s okay. Life isn’t meant to be easy. But it is full of adventure, and I look forward to seeing where this one will take me next.

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Why Relaxing Is So Important

When you're swamped with work, relaxing is one of the most important things to do to stay sane

When you’re in college or out on your own in the real world, you can get really busy really fast. Work piles up, friends want to hang out, deadlines get closer, and your sanity slowly fades away with every passing week. Busyness is a necessary evil for us to learn and grow as individuals, especially as young adults. But it isn’t good to become obsessed with being busy. Relaxing is essential to keeping those last strings of sanity from disappearing. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to find time to relax. But it is important to find time after the busyness calms down.

A few weeks ago was one such occasion for me. I spent the entirety of the weekend before writing a paper 5-7 page due Tuesday, editing another paper due Monday, all while studying for an exam in a class I’m not enjoying all that much. Most nights I was getting to bed as late as 2 am and waking up between 7:30 and 8 am. And on the Friday that week, I also had another 8 page paper I had half-written, and another exam late in the day. So suffice to say that whole week was full of nothing but pain and sleep deprivation. And I’ve only just recently recovered.

It didn’t help that the deadlines snuck up on me, but not making the time to relax and plan was my biggest problem. Instead of splitting up the tasks into smaller chunks, I rushed into all of the tasks, trying to pace myself through each one. In the end I managed to get everything done on time, but at the cost of my well being. Taking some time to organize and setting aside time for relaxing would have been better. But I didn’t do that. So my relaxing time came after everything was over. It did make it easier to relax afterward, but it did cost me a bit of my sanity.

Next time, I’ll be splitting up the tasks and making time to relax. For now, I’ll go through the rest of the school year, and make sure I’m aware of what’s due when. It’s a good habit to build up, especially for after graduation. Out in the real world, there aren’t always chances to relax before the next big project is due. So developing good work habits in college is important for good work habits after college. At the end of the day, though, there’s nothing wrong with taking a little break and watching a video, playing a quick game, or even reading a chapter or two in a book. Until next time, and make sure to take a break every once in a while.

(This weekend, I will be at a convention for Japanese pop culture in Pittsburgh. If you guys want to see updates, check out my Instagram and Twitter feeds for pictures, videos, and news from the convention. I’ll have a vlog for you guys by Wednesday, and a post about it next week. Have a good weekend!)