This past weekend I attended my friend’s graduation party in Dracut. I took the long drive from work to reunite with my old PRSSA friends. It was going to be interesting to see how everyone was doing now that their all done with college. Some of my friends already snagged jobs while others are still working on their career path.
Overall the party was amazing. Great summer food, cold craft beers, and timeless conversations with the graduated crew. This was the time for us to reflect on the amazing adventures life had to offer us. We all may done with most of our education, but this was when the real lessons started.
While heading home from a night of fun with my amazing PRSSA crew, I started pondering about how much has happened in over a year. It’s been over a YEAR since I walked those steps and received my diploma, igniting what would be the start of the Real World. I entered college in 2010 and officially finished my schooling by winter 2015. What’s even more shocking is that it will be almost SEVEN years (more than HALF a decade!) since I packed my bags up to Burlington for Champlain College.
It was a long and strange journey folks – a roller-coaster of emotions, events, thoughts, and actions. The silver lining is that I’m on another journey that’s just as better as the college era. While my Friday nights have been replaced with Netflix and cannabis rather than going hunting for house parties (HOUSE PARTY HUNTER ON THE LOOSE!), I’m still going out to Boston every week for adventures.
So at this point, it’s time to ask those burning questions. Where are we now? What has happened a year after graduating college? Have I become the entertainment PR superstar I was destined to be? Has MakeSandcastlesNotWar transformed into the golden path of my dream career path?
At this point, things have gotten more…interesting to say the least. I haven’t picked up my dream PR job yet, but I shifted around with a few jobs here and there. If you’ve been keeping tabs on MakeSandcastlesNotWar, you would see that the blog has grown significantly (25-30 views a day compared to 5-10 views!). Even with my part-time job in place, I continue to generate that amazing PR juice for this blog. The blog has really been branching out its brand identity, what with the addition of the ‘4/20’ category and ever-growing ideas popping out. Sure, there isn’t as much leisure time in my life, but there will never be roadblocks when it comes to creativity!
Personally, I knew that this journey wouldn’t become so easy; but in actuality, I’ve discovered that there’s much more steps in the system that I imagined. I’ve learned the hard way that you have to get your name/face out there in the world before any major PR work can happen. Everyone starts at the bottom and goes up in the ladder (like Oliver Queen’s salmon ladder!). Yes it can be complicated at times, but colleges never said that it will get simpler.
To my PRSSA friends at the graduation party (as well as all of the graduates having their party as well) – congratulations. Congrats to all of your hard work during the most amazing years of your college lives. Now is the time to pool in all of your experience, knowledge, tricks, and ideas into what your set out to do. You’ve learned all that you can in the courses and now it’s time to push your own twist to it.
In short, I’ve been grateful for the ones I went on the past year. From my experiences, life has gotten a LOT more interesting now that school’s out forever!
I used this quote last year and I’m bringing it back again…I know we’ll be just fine when we learn to love the ride.