playing catch-up in a coffee date.

It’s been two months since my last post and, what a coincidence, two months since I started graduate school and my assistantship. So, if we settled down for a coffee date…here’s how I’d play catch-up:

  • Books I’ve Read Recently: Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood by Alida Nugent; Where Am I Now? The Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson; and Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I’m currently working on So You’ve Been Publically Shamed by Jon Ronson.
  • Work: It’s certainly been a transition from a full-time professional to a graduate student and part-time assistantship. I currently advise of Multicultural Greek Council and Order of Omega, the national Greek honor society. A month into my new role, my supervisor left for another department at our university and I now have another supervisor. Beyond my direct responsibilities, the first six weeks of school are done and so is our marathon of programming weeks…Panhellenic sorority recruitment, Week of Welcome, MGC Week,  NPHC Week, IFC recruitment week, and National Hazing Prevention Week. At least I have a two week break until Homecoming…where I get to work a 2 Chainz concert.
  • School: School is just…whatever. For all of my classes, I have to submit five reading reflections for the semester, and I just feel like it’s a lot of busy work. Readings are fine. Papers are fine. I have missed being in a classroom and enjoy being able to engage in academic discussion again; I have two great professors and am already trying to figure out next semester’s schedule. I’m also contemplating getting a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies.
  • Personal: For an introvert, I think I’ve been doing an okay job at making friends and getting involved with my cohort. I signed up for our intramural volleyball team, went to brunch with a bunch of people, and went to Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. I’m also a committee member for my program’s interview and visitation days, so I’ve slowly been getting involved.

 

coffee date: 7/7

If we were on a coffee date…or more likely an iced tea date, given the weather, I’d tell you:

  • I start my new job in less than a month and I’m both excited and nervous. My nerves probably stem from the fact that I know practically nothing about my job and responsibilities. I don’t know which student group I’ll be working with or what my day to day life will look like. I’m excited to start a new professional adventure and can’t wait to be stationary, working with the same students day-in and day-out.
  • I start classes in seven weeks! I already bought and received two of my textbooks…and I may or may not have already started to excitedly flip through them. I miss being in a classroom setting, learning and engaging with others. I miss being a student and taking control of my own learning experience.
  • This holiday weekend was exactly what I needed. We went to the beach, started binge watching a new TV show, ate delicious brunch, and kept our not-so-American 4th of July tradition alive. For the last three years, we’ve celebrated this holiday by eating Mexican (mainly tacos) and indulging in ice-cold margaritas. Sadly, this year, A got food poisoning. Oops.
  • My best friend and lil’ sister arrived yesterday and I’m so looking forward to a week of adventures with her! I love our beach trips and can’t wait to share the magic that is Disney World with her! Plus…I’m hoping she’ll indulge me and we can try new brunch places around town. Her visiting will be good for my soul and spirit.

coffee date: 6/4

If we were settled down in a local coffee shop, sipping on our drinks of choice (mine is currently a toffee nut latte with almond milk!) I’d tell you…

  • It’s been almost a month since I’ve been actively seeking a life of balance and I already feel better about myself and my life. I am running 3-4 days a week, sleeping 8 hours a night and waking up earlier, drinking more water, reading more, Netflix-ing less, cooking dinner every weeknight and packing lunches for work, and generally feeling happier. I know this is something I need to continue working on–and I know my new routine will be put to the test with my upcoming move, but I’m ready.
  • There’s less than a month until I make the big move to Miami to start grad school! I, surprisingly, have no anxiety about anything. I’m ready to move in with my boyfriend, to go back to school, start a new job and to begin a new life adventure! There are a few nerves knowing I’ll have to live on a very tight budget for the next two years–but that’s part of adulting isn’t it?
  • I’ve missed cooking. Traveling professionally for two years didn’t really lend itself to trying new recipes, stocking up my pantry and enjoying time in the kitchen. I love cooking (and hate the clean up); it’s almost cathartic for me. Sadly, when it comes to my diet…I think I have to break up with dairy. In the past few years I’ve noticed I’ve become more and more sensitive to dairy. I can’t really eat ice cream, greek yogurt, whole milk or foods with too much cream. One of my best friends cut out dairy and I’m thinking I probably need to as well. Expect some heartbroken, breakup poetry dedicated to cheese…