In two hours, I will be leaving Florida and making my way to the nation’s capital to begin the next stage of my life. Although I rarely write about my personal life on this blog, there’s a lot going on in my head that I feel like sharing.
College is over. It’s a surreal feeling– one that hasn’t quite hit me yet, and probably won’t until August when I see most of my friends buckling down for a new semester.
I’m leaving my family and friends and wondering how I’m going to afford life in a big city. First of all, everything is a lot more expensive than I think it should be. For example, bath mats at Target are $12.99 and up. Seriously? 13 bucks for a bath mat? In my head, those things should be 3 dollars. Or free, that would work, too.
But, I digress…
A lot of changes are taking place, and I don’t want to take a tone that’s too self-pitying because I know I am just one in a million recent college grads taking a chance and starting over, but it’s a difficult time for me. I’m a homebody who truly puts family and friends first, and leaving them all behind is challenging.
Once I get to D.C., I know I’ll be happy, but that 11 hour car ride is going to be rough, and not just because I have to share the backseat with my two younger brothers. It’s going to give me ample time to reflect on the first 22 years of my life and wonder what the next 22 will bring. Because that’s what I do–I over analyze.
When it comes down to it, I’m ecstatic to finally be moving to a big city where I can rely on public transportation and have a wealth of culture and history at my disposal. I plan to take full advantage of my time there, embracing every opportunity that comes my way, but that doesn’t mean I won’t look back on my time at USF.
So, as I get ready to place the last box in my family truck, I’m hanging on to the memories and looking forward to chasing my dreams.
Real world, here I come.