It has officially been a year since I threw my metaphorical graduation cap (since apparently throwing the cap is an American tradition) and received my diploma. When I graduated in July last year, I had a part-time job but no real plans to find a full-time job or a new place to live. I moved back into my childhood room at my parent’s house and picked up shifts at my part-time job whenever I could, often working six days a week.
A year later, a lot has changed since then. I am still working at the same company that I was working at during my time at University but I am now working full-time, Monday to Friday, and have been promoted to a different branch of the company. I love both my job and the people I work with and they have been extremely supportive in helping me achieve my dream career.
I am feeling more confident and happier in my day-to-day life. When I first moved out of my parent’s house to attend University, I would get anxious about daily tasks such as going to my local shops by myself or putting my hand up to answer a question in a lecture. However, over time, this became less anxiety-inducing and I found myself feeling more confident. Some of the social situations that would trigger a panic attack no longer did and became a weekly occurrence and I found myself pushing through the boundaries of my comfort zone. This has only improved further over the past year as I have learnt how to manage a full-time job and all that it entails.
I am living a healthier lifestyle. I am attending the gym on a weekly basis (or at least most weeks) and am starting to feel both stronger and healthier within myself. I am eating vegan for the majority of my meals and am cooking at home almost every night. Sure I could probably eat less pizza and drink less soda but overall, I am eating a good combination of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables.
I officially moved out of my parent’s house in February this year and moved into a one bedroom flat with my boyfriend. It has been really exciting buying furniture for the flat and decorating it to meet our tastes.
A lot has changed since I graduated University a year ago and I know that there are many more changes to come in the year ahead. I will hopefully be changing jobs within the next year as well as maybe moving flats as it is only a one year lease. What I know for certain is that you will all be following me on this journey.
This post is inspired by Jessica’s post One Year Post University.