The past month has been a whirlwind of emotions. A recent job termination/org restructure brought about change that put me into a, let’s say, long vacation. It happens everyday and you just pick up the pieces and move on. I closed an amazing chapter with amazing people, and there’s no doubt the past three years have been the foundation of my career.
At 24 years old, one is eager to start their career and see what the world of their field has to offer. Lucky for me, I entered this workforce thing a little earlier than some, and have been granted opportunities that people are just now looking at. There are no words for the knowledge I acquire now. I am a lucky one.
As most of you all now, the past year and a half I’ve spent the day being a working woman and I’ve spent evenings being a graduate student. People would always ask what I was working towards…what I was going to do with my Master’s degree? To tell you the truth, I don’t need it, I just want it under my belt. Attending graduate school has taught me more about myself than my field. I’ve discovered my true passions and met people who aspire to achieve similar goals and have interests that align with mine–beautifully.
There’s no doubt that the stability of a job brings about many things, many blessings, but so does that of finally getting the opportunity to take a break and do what you love. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks sleeping in, doing yoga and enjoying life…finally having time to check off summer bucket list items. But, I’ve also spent time evaluating what I want to do with my life, though at times not up to me. We can’t control change, but we can control our attitude towards it.
With the sense of relief and drop of commitments that came with this change, I’ve decided to put my career on hold and dedicate the next six months to being a full time graduate student and doing independent studies researching the Latino community, the political sphere within that community and how media plays a role for Latinos.
Right now I’ve chosen to be happy and do what my big heart desires.
I have the rest of my life to work.