Friday, April 29, 2011

These Days…

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...I am finally seeing the end in sight. After two hardcore weeks of writing and studying, the end is near. It felt as if my to-do list was so long but as I began to cross off assignments and submit my work, I could see the finish line. Currently, I have one final left. It’s a take-home exam consisting of a 1,500-word opinion essay, due Monday night. Once that is completed, I will have finished my last assignment of my college career!

...I am no longer doubting graduation. I have spent the last 4 months preparing myself for the worst: not graduating. It started with being in the wrong lab for my Spanish class and having to submit paperwork to get it changed. There were questions of passing Spanish. And then I began to worry that a major article I submitted would make my professor doubt my abilities as a writer, saying I haven’t learned enough in the past two years and couldn’t graduate. All worries were unfounded. I will pass all my classes and I will graduate.

...I find myself in awe of what will happen 9 days from now. Graduation. From college. It feels so surreal, since I was so close to graduation before, and it’s finally happening. I will have a Bachelor’s degree. It’s an amazing, amazing accomplishment. And I am so proud of myself.

...I am one of the few people chosen for the second round of interviews for a very special company I badly want to work for. The job is perfect for me, allowing me to utilize my degree as well as challenge myself, both personally and professionally. On Monday, I will shadow an employee at said company all day to get a feel for my responsibilities and the people I will be working with. I’m very interested in what Monday will bring!

...I am getting back into the swing of exercise after a long break. With my schedule, there just wasn’t time to fit in exercise and I found out how much I missed it. Yesterday, I went for my first run in a long time and it felt awesome to break a sweat!

...My Friday nights have turned into one of the best nights of my week: Bible study. My grandparents, two of the most knowledgeable people about faith I know, are helping my mom and I to understand who God is and what His promises are better. I am learning so much from this. I’m usually afraid to speak up in other Bible studies, for fear I’ll look incredibly stupid and naive. I don’t feel this way when I ask my grandma questions a girl who has been attending church since she was a baby should know. These nights are priceless.

...I feel so blessed when I think about blog friends. It’s been such a blessing to see how many of you are rooting for me and cheering me on with this whole job situation. Sometimes, I wonder if I should have waited until I knew whether or not I got the job, but then I know how fun it will be to go back through my Twitter feed and see what an amazing week this has been for me. Even if I don’t get the job, it was still worth it. And I have to give a huge shout-out to a girl I consider a best friend, Sam, who has been cheering me on since the beginning, calming my fears about finding a job and being excited for me about this opportunity. Everyone needs a friend like her.

...I can’t help but imagine life as a full-time employee, making a paycheck that will be a lot more than I’m making now (just a smidge over minimum wage, and I’m only working 20 hours a week). I’m imagining actually supporting myself and not having to come to my mom for every little purchase. But no, I have not (I REPEAT NOT) looked at websites to buy a car. Absolutely not. I would not do that to myself. Gosh. Why would you even think that?!

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20 comments:

  1. Aww. So proud of you - good things are coming you way!

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  2. Great post! And ooohhh, new commenting box thingy? Fun! Good luck with round 2 at the job interview, that would be so great if you get a job that you really want right out of school. :)

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  3. I'm so excited for you! What's the job - it sounds amazing? :)

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  4. So excited for you :) and proud.

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  5. Ugh,my first car payment starts this week...

    Good luck on Monday!

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  6. I am SO PROUD of you! You've been working really hard for this, and now it's finally here. And, as someone who has had similar troubles with school, it gives me hope that I will also graduate after seeing you do it.

    Also: we want to see pictures that day!

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  7. Good luck w/ your interview - that is great that you got a 2nd round. And how awesome that you get to job shadow someone! What a cool company! Best of luck! Just let your enthusiasm for the position show through!

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  8. Awww! I consider you to be one of my best friends, too, and I'll always be there to support you no matter what you're facing in life. The blog world is wonderful for "introducing" us. :)

    So Monday is the big day!! I wish you the BEST of luck, and I can't wait to hear how it goes.

    The first thing I bought when I started my first full-time job was a new car! :) It really is an amazing feeling to bring home a substantial paycheck and know that you can fully support yourself!

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  9. I know it's so tempting, but you will be doing yourself a HUGE favor if you can save up money for awhile and buy yourself a used car in cash! I wish all the time that I could go back and do that to get out of debt and get rid of my car payment.

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  10. What a great post! I'm so excited for your graduation and all things to come - whether that means this job or something else just as well suited for you. (But fingers crossed of course!)

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  11. KJHartenstein4/30/11, 6:07 PM

    I am so happy and excited for you Stephany! Truly I feel like you are going to accomplish so many great things!

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  12. Graduation-AHHH!!! So exciting and happy for you.

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  13. Such an exciting time, I'm so proud of you and your determination and dedication! Best of luck as you approach the finish line :)

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  14. writetoreach5/1/11, 2:10 PM

    Yay! How exciting Stephany. Enjoy everything.

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  15. It's for a marketing firm! Honestly, it would just be the perfect job for me. :)

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  16. You will! It's a tough road, but there is an end. :) You can do it!

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  17. Thanks, Lisa! That's my plan: to ask a lot of questions and be as confident/charming as I can be. :)

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  18. I think that's going to be one of the best parts of full-time working: the paycheck! I've had to depend on my mom for so much that it'll be nice to help her out for a change!

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  19. Thanks so much, Becky! (And thanks for all your help on what to wear tomorrow!) Things are coming together and it feels great. :)

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  20. I'll be sending heaps of good luck your way on Monday in hopes the job is a perfect fit. How wonderfully exciting everything sounds with graduation coming and a supportive Bible study group.

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