465 days ago, I kissed my sisters goodbye saying "I'll see you in a few days" as I headed north for my cousin's wedding and a potential internship/job interview.
Little did I know that the interview would go so well that I would be offered an internship on the spot.
This is the post I wrote then.I didn't have time to go home and pack my stuff. I found a sweet family to stay with two days later and lived off of the clothes and toiletries I'd packed for what was meant to be a short trip (good thing I'm an over-packer!!!). The internship became a job on day 2 and I eventually got my own place.
The past year + 100 days have been some of the hardest and best of my life. At some points, I have been lonelier than I thought possible. But I also have met some of the greatest people to ever grace me with their presence. I've worked harder than I ever have before. I did things I couldn't imagine myself doing (including flying across the country to present scientific data in front of a crowd!). In some ways, it's been a very productive year (working as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab, taking the GREs, getting into grad school) and at the same time, unexpectedly my stomach clenches as I wonder if I've wasted a whole year. The latter comes from the fact that I'm single, I think. There's something in me that doesn't feel like it's a real accomplishment if I can't share it with someone. Does anyone else experience that?
But all of it... the happiness, the loneliness, the new friends, the hard work, the opportunities, the exciting future... through all of these, I have grown so much and know myself 200x times better than I ever had before.
Here's to a new beginning!