To be clear, it has been 1 year today August 18, 2009 that I officially graduated from the University of Michigan. I walked across the stage December 14, 2008. I knew that I was going to study abroad in Hong Kong for my final semester and knew that I would not being back for the Spring graduation. Upon returning, I took one final math class that summer to complete my Aerospace Engineering degree and minor in Mathematics. It also gave enough time for HKUST to transfer my credits back and put them on my transcript.
When I was first thinking about this blog I was a little nervous because it almost seemed like I haven’t done much in a year. Most of it was composed of moving to Indianapolis, which is a big feat in itself since I didn’t know ANYONE here. But I’ve done that before with living in Cincinnati OH, Greenville SC, San Diego CA, and Hong Kong, but it is definitely scary at first and I always have a taste of regret during the first week.
One huge thing that I am happy about is that my 2 best friends are STILL my 2 best friends! We frequently communicate with each other although we all live in different locations. I also must say that I have made 23 look graceful ::pats self on back:: I still love to change up my hairstyles. This was shown by me doing my big chop right before my last final exam! I never thought that I’d go natural, but moving away from your hairdresser is a good incentive.
Being in a relationship, I sacrificed a lot of myself and that has taught me the biggest lesson of the year: Do not lose sight of myself and my gifts. I have found a church that I enjoy, and God aligned it so that I can tutor there. The kids are all really great and range from about 4 years old to seniors in high school. I think I was put on this earth to share my blessing of understanding math to anyone that finds it difficult and frustrating. I plan to continue doing this, but possibly on a larger scale in the future. I still dance and even made it to the semi-finals to be an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader. Of course, I can’t forget about Cooli. He gives me reason to enjoy going home everyday and it has been a great decision to be a mommy of a puppy. 🙂
I’ve also done two things that I’ve always wanted to do: Walk in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, and go to New York City! I have wanted to do the breast cancer walk since I was in college in honor of my mother who test after test finds benign cists. It scares us every time and I can imagine how many have gone through the same experience ending with a different result. New York was even more than I have ever imagined. I love it, but I could never live there. Over this next year, I plan to continue my mental growth by learning Spanish and taking Yoga. I am also become more conservative with my body in regards to nutrition. My long term goal is to compete in a half-marathon! Wish me luck 😀
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