Grad Season



Dear Readers,

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I have been on the move, with college graduation and starting my internship full-time and have not had a few minutes to blog lately. I apologize, but good news! I am finally a college graduate with a BA in English! I walked across the stage in the cap and gown, shook the president of the university’s hand and walked off with my very own diploma cover. (Don’t worry, the real thing was handed to me an hour later!) So now I am out in the real world and still plan to blog, but it may be a bit more infrequently than when I was a student. I hope you enjoy my next post, and feel a bit more informed now.

-Allison

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My graduation from college is fast approaching and I know who the speaker for my ceremony will be in advance. However, I secretly wish it was an exciting celebrity or public figure. I mean honestly, my school is too small for a very high-profile speaker but we did manage to get to Dalai Lama to come visit us a few short years ago.

I am not sure who would be a great graduation speaker. Sure, former presidents and heads of state are pretty good speakers. After all, that is probably how they got elected to those positions in the first place. Actors and celebrities have to know how to speak well, it is basically their job to memorize other people’s words.

I would like to have some type of important foreign dignitary to speak at my graduation, preferably one that needed a myriad of security detail. I would like to learn from someone who has actually experienced the horrors of the real world and can tell me exactly how it will be when I move from the privileged gates of my university. What can a movie or music star tell me about the real working world and the political and social climate of the world I am about to be released into with little preparation?

I think I would rather have a humanitarian than  Will Ferrell. (even if he is hilarious)


Older adults always tell me that a college career is the best years in life. I could agree with that statement, because in four years I grew up a lot and experienced things that I never thought I would experience in my lifetime, let alone in my first 21 years.

I have a tendency to be nostalgic, mostly when things come to an end. After all, I did cry for the entire two hours of my high school graduation and completely ruined my makeup. Endings are hard for me, mostly because I loathe change. Change is a terribly scary and uncomfortable concept to me, but in my experience sometimes it has opened me up to new worlds I never had experienced.

Four years ago, when I walked onto my college campus as a student I was 17 years old and very sheltered. Tomorrow, my last day of classes I will walk off the campus as an independent woman who knows a bit better what she wants out of life, even if the economy is terrible and no one has yet hired her for a job in the real world.

I lived in Europe for four months, by myself without my family and friends. Living in a completely different time zone can be scary, but I learned how to adapt and live on my own terms. I even learned how to cook, even if I made the same meal every single night. After all, many apartments in Italy lack dryers, microwaves, air conditioners, unlimited electricity and not to mention hot water.

I worked for the first time in my entire life. I never held a job before I graduated high school, and now I have five jobs under my belt. Right now I work at a job I love and get to dress up every single day. I feel important and useful at my jobs and have created many wonderful relationships with older mentors who have taught me so much about living in the professional world.

I became a real writer, published and praised. I have always loved writing and now I can officially say I have written a senior thesis and various articles and pieces that I am proud to call my own. I even managed to craft my blog persona and write to you today, reaching over 750 readers so far in my blogging career.

Perhaps this part of my life is over, but there is definitely more excitement and learning to come.