A lot has changed since my last blog post, which was on January 15th. That’s a long time since I’ve written on my blog. I have been blogging during this gap, but not personally. I started blogging for a website called The Careerists, which focuses on value driven careers through service leadership.
I also decided to take a break from blogging because of my last semester in college. I wanted to enjoy my last semester of undergrad, and make sure I actually got my diploma. As of May 10th, I am officially an Aquinas College Alum. I’m still waiting for the actual diploma in the mail, but that will come soon.
And now that I graduated, I keep hearing the lovely question, “What are you doing now that you graduated?” Yuck. I’m sick of hearing this question.
The day after I graduated, I traveled up north to Leelanau County for my brother’s Michigan wedding reception (basically it was a party for all of my brother’s wedding guests who couldn’t make the actual wedding this past December). Anyway, I was flooded with this question from family friends, relatives, and even some of my brother’s friends.
Thinking ahead, I had a standard answer picked out: “I have an internship on Aquinas’ campus for Circle Theatre until September. Then I’ll be looking for a full time job or bumming on my brother’s couch in California playing nanny.” What I should have said was, “I’m clueless. It’s a miracle that I know what I’m eating for dinner the next day; let alone what I’m going to do with the rest of my life.”
I am not sure what God has planned for me now. I’ve been saying this since Day 1 of my senior year, and now that I’m no longer in school, it is really hitting me. Some of my friends have already stepped into the “real world” of employment, while some are going back to school for their Masters’ Degree or higher. As for me, I’m torn. I want to go back to school, but I’m not sure if I want to go back now. Maybe I’ll wait until I’m a little less in college debt?
I think what God has planned for me right now is to live everyday to the fullest. That sounds cheesy, but if you think about it, I’ve been in some form of school since Pre-K. I have been taking college classes since freshman year, including during summer vacation. I forgot what it is like to not study or not feel guilty about avoiding homework. Now that I don’t have to worry about school, homework, or other academic commitments, I can focus on things that I really love.
In the meantime, I think it’s time to update my “I am a Saint” speech. Here it goes:
“I am Jennifer Lynn Kalchik.
I am proud of my Bohemian, French, and German heritage.
I want to step foot on every continent before I die and make a difference.
I am an aspiring Social Media/PR Expert and Stage Manager.
I live for God, my friends, my family, and to be the best that I can be.
My heart is like a tree, it grows where I please.
I am an Aquinas Alum; I am a Saint.”