It’s been just over two months since I published my last post. Mid-October was when I realized that it was going to be almost impossible to pass my classes while going to school full-time AND working forty hours a week. At that point, I went into survival mode and felt like I barely had any time to breathe. I love school. A lot. But it stresses me out so much, and I’m not very good at dealing with that stress, especially when I have so many other things to do in addition to my schoolwork.

Baldwin Hall at University of Cincinnati
Baldwin Hall at University of Cincinnati

The bright side was that my study-abroad credits finally transferred to my degree program a few weeks into the semester, and I discovered that I was eligible to graduate in December rather than next spring. Graduating a semester early put a lot of pressure on me, and the heavy coursework from some of my classes didn’t help ease the strain, but I knew that I was so close to the end that I just had to focus on finishing strong. So here I am, finished with school, and just two days away from my official university graduation.

Classroom in McMicken Hall
Classroom in McMicken Hall

My next step in life? Well, I guess my next step is to figure out exactly what that next step is. I have a job now as a sort of morning manager at a bakery/cafe in downtown Cincinnati, and I’m perfectly happy doing that for the time being. The lease for my apartment ends in July, so until then, I’m planning to stay put, keep doing what I’m doing, and work some adventures into my free time.

Cincinnati Skyline from across the Ohio River
Cincinnati Skyline from across the Ohio River

After my lease ends in the summer, I think it’ll be time for me to leave Cincinnati. I love this city, but I want to see the rest of the world! I’ve been looking into several different jobs that would allow me to travel, but I don’t know for sure which route I’ll take. That’ll be a decision that I’ll make within the next few months.

For now, I’m celebrating my graduation by skipping the actual commencement ceremony and instead taking a road trip up to my favorite little lake in Indiana to visit my grandparents for the weekend. Over the next few weeks, I plan to enjoy every ounce of holiday cheer that Cincinnati has to offer. (After living in a small town my whole life, I just can’t get enough of the Christmastime-in-the-city atmosphere!) Beyond that, who knows what will happen? We’ll figure it out when we get there!

Love, Elizabeth

My degree is English Literature, but close enough!
My degree is actually English Literature, but close enough!