It’s happened. I’m graduated, moved home, and have started working. Yes, my Dad had assignments waiting for me the Monday after graduation. Welcome to the real world they said to me.
I thought that I would feel a stronger sense of accomplishment after graduation, but honestly I think it hasn’t sunk it yet. After I walked across stage (the processional included a line of faux mustache-clad friends and my name being announced as “Chelsea Calamity Cawood” no less) I sort of felt exactly the same. My family actually dipped out of Convocation early to go out to eat on Campus Corner–meet the Cawoods.
My biggest source of uncertainty when it comes to, you know, becoming a grown up is definitely social aspects. Yeah, we all love going out, but I NEED to constantly meet people to feel fulfilled. Heard of StrengthsFinder? Includer, Winning Others Over, and Communication are my top 3. It’s who I am–my parents are slightly horrified that I did something social every day of this week, but I can’t help it! It feels like summer and I just want to do hoodrat things with my friends.
As for this weekend? My little turned 21 (finally), I went to my first Bachelorette party and proceeded to shout “FREE BIRD” over and over again at a piano bar until they relented and finally played it, and hung out with my friends in Tulsa. I went to the Max and the first thing we see is the bartender breathing fire. That, paired with an excellent cover band at Woody’s, rapping the entire “Humpty Dance,” and great friends made for an awesome night.
I feel like my excitement for life has been renewed–I was kind of mopey and complacent after graduating, but I finally feel ready to move on to the next stage of life. I’m so excited about things I’m doing at work, I’m so excited to meet new groups of people in Tulsa, and I’m so stoked about the rest of the summer–Europe in 3 weeks and I move to the Mayo in 5!