Thoughts Before Entering My Senior Year of College

I will enter my senior year of college in August, and I am both excited and terrified. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do post-graduation as both a means of planning my adult life and also motivating myself to get through this final year. I originally came to college because I wanted to become a magazine writer or an editorial writer. I still want my career to focus on writing, but I’ve developed a love for photography as well as public relations.

My top dream places to work in after graduation:

  • Suburb of Denver, CO (Possibly Aurora, Boulder, etc.)
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Des Moines, IA (to stay close to my family)
  • New York City, NY

I visited Colorado for the first time last summer with my then-boyfriend, and I fell in love with the state. Walking and hiking is a hobby of mine, so having access to mountains and fresh air was so cool and I could feel my soul healing as I walked through the forests and looked at the lakes.

Minneapolis, MN and Des Moines, IA are more so choices so that I can live in a bigger city but stay close to my parents. My immediate family lives in Cedar Falls, IA and I am a little bit scared to get too far away from them because they’re the only family I have in America.

New York City would be a dream to live in, but I feel like that’s more of a daydream than a realistic option. I can definitely say that Sex and the City had a major influence in the fact that I romanticize the city of New York. Coffee, bagels, bars, bookstores, city lights, the subway system… I would love to live in the city that never sleeps.

When I finally move out next summer, it’ll just be me and my cat. I’ll have to leave behind a lot of my furniture but most of it was free or really old anyway. I think the only furniture I’ll be able to take is my desk because it folds.

I really want to make my senior year of college count, and I want it to focus on me. I spent the first three years of college dedicating all of my free time to other organizations, friendships and relationships that would eventually come to an end. This upcoming fall semester I have enrolled in two advanced journalism classes (advanced photojournalism, depth reporting), another photography course, and an advanced women’s studies research course. I am excited because I would never let myself sign up for harder classes out of fear that I wouldn’t be able to keep up due to my other responsibilities. This time, I am ready to fully focus on my aspirations as a future writer and photographer.

I will also be living alone in a studio apartment. I move out of my apartment with my roommate of two years in July, and in August I will be living by myself. This is something that I knew I had to do for myself to get a sense of what it’s like to take care of myself. My roommate has been supportive of my decision and I am so grateful for the time we’ve spent together.

Health-wise, I’ve made it a goal to walk everywhere that takes less than 20 minutes and to eat more whole foods. I was never into nutrition but I know that I need to make small changes at the very least.

I am excited to see what my final year of college has in store for me. I want to learn more about myself and the world. I definitely want to take more risks and make decisions that might be selfish. I want to live for me.

Until then, I’ll be working full-time and saving up money for my next adventures!

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