Well folks, here we are. I am officially a college graduate. I can now say things like, “When I was in college…” or use words like “Alma Mater.” It’s funny, because I spent months and months this past year having minor (major) breakdowns and anxiety over post-grad life, yet nothing has really changed. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it definitely has. I have time to do little organizational things at home, work on my personal budget, journal, read for fun, and get back to blogging. I no longer have a massive to-do list of chapters to read, papers to write or assignments to complete. And, yes, it’s terrifying having thousands of student debt looming over me, but you know what? Life. Is. Great.
I was given the inckyliegraduationredible honor of giving the Student Commencement Speech at Graduation this past weekend. That was probably the most surreal moment for me. Getting to stand in front of my peers and my friends, the people who have become like family over the last 4 years, sharing my love and my experiences that I have found throughout my time at Grand View. I will forever hold that moment in my heart.

I have accepted a job as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Specialist working with kiddos diagnosed with Autism. I couldn’t be more excited. Getting to work one-on-one with kids, working through play is everything I could have wanted after graduation. Lots of people have asked me, “What about Child Life, Jess?” And don’t worry, that’s still the goal. However, trying to get it all figured out right away was putting a lot of pressure on me. For now, I am looking into grad schools and when the time is right, I hope to apply. Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 1.46.21 PM

All through college, I made myself insanely busy. I thrived off of the adrenaline rush that lists and deadlines gave me. I loved having my free time filled with play rehearsals, Dance Marathon meetings, planning for various projects in and out of the classroom and so on. However, for now I am enjoying a simpler schedule. This week consists of relaxing, organizing the parts of my life that fell to the wayside throughout my college semesters. I’m enjoying time with my friends and family. Catching up on my massive To-Read book list.

With more free time, I am sure you will hear from me more. I am looking forward to this post-grad life. And hope you’ll come along for the ride.