Real World Lesson #1 – there’s always gaps to be bridged

So the real world finally begins.  And I have finally decided to write about it after putting it off for far too long.

I’ve lived my life with a pretty solid schedule until this summer seemed to scramble it in an amazing yet stressful way. If you asked me last year I would have definitely thought I would be living in a Boston suburbia apartment, working for a design firm I know since the beginning of June, going to monthly book club meetings with Elizabeth, and dating a great guy named Keith.

Now, in reality, I am living at home all summer, unemployed (and furiously working on this), engaged to a guy named Keith, trying not think too much about a wedding until I’m employed, suddenly attempting to move my life to a Washington DC suburbia apartment, and needing to find new friends to start up a monthly book club with. In order to bridge the gap of summer, I’ve included a summary of pictures below–

keith graduates with his masters degree in fire protection engineering

I graduated with my masters degree, and continued to pop open some champagne in celebration...

went to a very fun wedding with high school friends

have a wedding to look forward to myself

discovered the Building Museum's gift shop - new favorite place in the world

keith won the competition of "who will get a job first" in greater Washington DC. therefore, job search efforts have begun to focus within that area. so far, major search efforts are starting to pay off.

I’ve always assumed that Bridging the Gap would be a temporary thing to cover my life in limbo over the past year during graduate education.  However, this summer has made me realize that life is full of little “limbos” that simply lead you to your next destination. So I figured I might as well keep this blog around for a bit longer as the title will forever fit and to log a bit more of my so-called adventures. Who knows who will continue to read it, but I definitely have a fun time doing so.

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A dose of optimisim please?

I love my glass being half full.  (Realistically, I hate it, I remember when I was little my dad would always only pour milk or OJ half full into my glass.  I could never really understand the point of that.) But I digress, I have been beating myself up a bit lately with trying to figure out what I’m going to do, life wise, now that graduation is on Sunday. I’ve never had a point in life where I did NOT know what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to be a structural engineer in high school, I knew I wanted to go to grad school during undergrad, and now that I’ve done all that I KNOW I want to make a difference in structural engineering and consulting, but where? This is the unknown, and I was pretty bummed about it.

However, I’ve realized that just isn’t me, negativity never got me anywhere.  Although I still don’t have any answers, I figured I’d revert to putting a smile back on my face and plowing through life that way instead.

PLUS, there are so many great things that went on/are going on this week! Let’s focus on the good, shall we?

Last week a bunch of Structures kids went camping and hiking at Watkins Glen–

Gorge Trail

The past few days I spent at Penn State University visiting my friend Lauren–

Nittany Lions Fans!

Today I stumbled across the new WPI Residential Services website.  Then I continued to stumble over some photos that brought back the memories of my past modeling career as “that-wpi-super-fan-who-always-responded-to-‘we-need-students-to-photograph’-emails”–

"Us WPI kids love chillin' in our suite living spaces!"

"We frequently drink dyed water that just looks like soda"

Tomorrow involves a FILLED day of bowling, kayaking, and free barbecuing.  Thursday involves a road trip to Canada with my brother.  And of course, this weekend is filled with graduation festivities to celebrate the most academic work-filled year of my life.

Bring on the orange hood, and while you’re at it, just fill my glass to the top.