Hey guys! Hope you all are feeling fantastic and your summers have been full of fun! I have had one of the most amazing summers of my life and I truly feel blessed to have been able to see and do all that I did within these last few months. Every summer before I start my next year of school, I write a little life update of my feelings and thoughts. I think it’ll be cool for me (and maybe my children?) to look back on and hopefully you enjoy reading it.
So coming back from Europe I had a ton to look forward to. Granted I did feel a little lonely after leaving my group of 19 who I traveled with for a month and jumping back into life in the US took a few days of getting used to. However I feel I took full advantage of my ability to go abroad and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Coming back I had a Graphic Design internship lined up in my city back home. It counts for college credit, but I probably would’ve had one lined up regardless for the good experience alone. I’m actually headed into my last week of internship next week as I’m writing this and I’m so glad I interned where I did! It allowed me to take a peek into the professional world of Graphic Design and it is definitely a potential career route for me. It’s a lot of work, but something I love to do and want to get even better at!
Another exciting thing about the summer was getting my first apartment! After Europe I prepared to move in and did just that! I bought furniture from Ikea and have been bringing small loads of clothing and miscellaneous items to San Diego from my hometown in little trips. It has been very fun getting settled into my apartment that is close to my school as well as grocery stores and restaurants. It is a quaint little place and my roommates could not be more perfect for me! I would love to do a room tour for you guys when I’m completely settled in. I did a short post about my apartment here, if you’d like to know a little more about that.
But this summer is also my last summer as a college student, which is crazy to write because it was just yesterday I moved into my freshman year dorm. But even weirder is my sister will be doing just that in a few weeks, so I truly must be getting old! This upcoming school year is going to be a good one for me I think. It’s definitely going to be difficult with the Graphic Design portfolio review that my school holds annually. It is a tremendous amount of work with hours of dedication required, but oddly I’m super excited about it! Art and graphic design are my passions so I’m more than happy to put that time in. I’m hoping this year will really make me grow as a graphic designer in ways I haven’t before. But I also have some very fun classes laced into the harder ones, including Yoga and Surfing! Since my school is right on the coast, the surfing class is pretty popular and most people surf on the regular. I want to take this year to keep experiencing new things. I saw and learned a ton in Europe, and I want to continue that into my normal life. Lately, I have been trying to say yes to everything and even though oftentimes it can be hard, I absolutely don’t regret it. Usually I am terrified of making mistakes, but recently I’ve been trying to let go of that fear and tell myself that once in a while it’s okay to make a mistake, as long as something good and beneficial will come out of it. Obviously I don’t seek out to make a mistake, but if opportunities come with risks, I don’t want to be afraid anymore.
So I’m jumping into next year with both feet and hoping it is the best year yet for myself and those close to me, including all of you! As for my plans after college, they’re honestly still a bit up in the air. Grad school is definitely an option and would be beneficial to my future, but a gap year is also in the back of my mind. Some sort of steady job would be nice to have lined up for after my graduation (cross your fingers!) I could definitely see myself living in Los Angeles after college, since I’m familiar with the area and it is such a creative place. I’ve also developed a great love for San Diego and could see myself there as well, but somewhere more in the heart of the city. I’d also like to do more traveling in the near future (Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, etc.) , but we’ll just have to play that one by ear.
Thanks so much for reading everyone, and I’ll keep you updated if anything big pops up in my life! If you’re graduated from college, what was your plan? If you’re in college, what do you want to do once you graduate? I’d love to know! Have a beautiful day! xx