Reflections: 365 Days Later

gradHappy 100th blog post to me! I can’t believe this is my 100th post OR that I graduated college a little over a year ago. As I walked through Manhattan yesterday, I saw crowds of new alumni, taking pictures and waving their tassels in the air. I was instantly taken back to my graduation only one short year ago. Two of my friends and fellow bloggers already revisited their graduations through detailed and touching blog posts. Lauren gave a recap of her last year that did in fact bring me to tears while Jess provided solid advice for recent graduates. Their posts have inspired me to reflect on my last 365 days instead of crying about them.

Within the last year, I’ve divided my life into four major areas, listed below, in order of their current importance. While I strive for balance, I recognize that life will never be perfectly balanced; there will always be competing priorities. Here is my synopsis of the last year and the lessons I’ve learned within each of the following areas:

  • Career: Perhaps the most important part of your postgraduate life, my career still doesn’t seem steve martinreal most days. I am not in the industry I studied in school nor do I get to write as often as I expected. However, I am learning more each day while enjoying new projects, like building social media sites, something I never thought I could do. I also work with amazing people who challenge me, respect me and help me better myself. In reality, there is no such thing as the perfect job. You must be passionate about what you do but it’s ok to admit if your passions have changed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Personal: This is probably the hardest area of my life and where the most change has occurred. My family faced some challenges in the last year, battles that weren’t mine to fight. I’ve seen a new side to family members I thought I knew best. My family doesn’t feel as close as it once was and that’s hard for me to accept. BUT, I also have the extended family known as my friends, who have been the best support system. My friends are always there if I need them, but physically seeing each other and coordinating schedules can be, at times, a nightmare. I am SO proud of my friends, their own accomplishments and our ability to make it work. Truth be told though, I miss the close proximity a lot. I’ve also learned to let go of relationships that aren’t healthy anymore. People should add value to your life not continuously stress you out.
  • Self: The last year has been a journey of self-discovery and soul-searching. I know that sounds like a giant cliché but it’s true. I’ve figured out a lot about myself: my interests, my dislikes, how to manage my emotions as well as my relationships. The biggest lesson? I can change my path if I want to (or need to) as long as I am constantly bettering myself. I’m also trying to push myself outside of my comfort zone more. Example #1: Running a 5K in July.

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  • Community: In college, there were so many opportunities to give back to the community. In the last year, I haven’t volunteered or mentored as much as I would like to. I’ve always enjoyed mentoring younger people and would love to find a program close by to do that. My goal for the next year is to volunteer at least once a month.

Overall, I’d say it’s been a great first year in the real world. There were (and will always be) moments of uncertainty, doubt, fear and resentment. You can’t prevent these types of moments, though I’ve tried. I can’t go back to college no matter how many times I cry about it. Embracing this monumental change still challenges me.

For the first time in a while, I am extremely proud of myself for taking chances, being honest with myself and others and living my life for me. It’s been a year of change and adjustment but it’s also been the most trilling ride of my life.

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5 thoughts on “Reflections: 365 Days Later

  1. JasMollica May 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm Reply

    Alex,
    Congrats on completing your first year in the “Real World.” This post seems more forward thinking than a reflection.. and that’s not a bad thing. I have no doubt you will reach your goals and dreams. It will probably have some rough times. But, knowing you, you’ll kick each challenge and be better for it.
    I’m proud to call you a colleague and a fellow Temple Owl! 🙂

    Jason

    • Alex Crispino May 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm Reply

      Thanks Jason! As always, your words of encouragement are appreciated so much! I struggled with a title for this post as I didn’t really know what I was aiming for: a reflection of a game plan of new goals. Hopefully I did a little of both. Thanks again!

  2. Annette M. Scarano May 16, 2013 at 8:32 pm Reply

    Hey Cat – what a positive blog! Your writing is amazing – so thought provoking, so insightful, so soulful. Make no mistake – you have gracefully entered “adulthood” and have taken it by storm! Keep that “struggle bus” moving in the right direction.

    • Alex Crispino May 17, 2013 at 7:12 am Reply

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Look at you embracing technology!

  3. aalderfer June 21, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply

    miss u! Question, u are running a 5k in July?

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