Maybe it’s a strange cycle in tandem with mother nature; I feel relaxed and at ease just before entering a rather wild job market, and the end of winter (er, maybe) means the beginning of tornado season in Illinois.
Although there’s a chance (and a pretty good one) that I’ll stay in the Midwest, I won’t be in Illinois anymore. Eventually I want to branch out in every direction and live in every part of this country; California, Florida, Washington, and of course New York.
Perhaps the calm comes from my recognition of this exciting time in my life. I’m watching others around me take advantage of opportunities and I feel that the right one is coming soon. I feel good about everything, finally, and I feel like I know what I’m doing.
20 hours of classwork; everyone says, “you’re crazy.” And when I talk about it, I’m sure I sound like I’m bragging about it. It is my life right now, though, and I’m okay with it. Nearly everything I’m doing in my classes will benefit me in the future and in my career.
I think college demands a lot of time and energy from students, especially considering the expectations of college graduates and the expectations college graduates have about themselves. I don’t think I’m the only college grad who feels like she must be successful because she went to college.
I’m not sure if I’ll be as awesomely successful as I thought I would be immediately in the months after college, but I guess good things come to those who wait, right? It’s just that telling stories, practicing solid data journalism, making photos, designing graphics, investigating, and finding issues with catch-22 solutions for society that I can explain using all of the above…it all takes so much time, and so much time to learn how to do it all together, and it takes even more time to learn how to do it all together and better. And as a team.
Maybe it’s too much, people say. Maybe you ought to have lower expectations, someone once said. But you know, I just don’t think that’s living an excellent life.
I just don’t. So I guess there’s no option but to keep pressing on. Back to NodeXL…