The Beginning

Nedgie Paul

I avoided doing anything graduation related until exactly 1 month before graduation day. I spent the previous months trying to figure out logical reasons to postpone my graduation and stay at Florida State for an extra semester. Despite all of this and all the other things that were going on in my life, somehow it came together pretty well. 

Graduation was an interesting mix of emotions for me. I was excited and happy and scared. I was scared. A wave of emotions continuously crashed into me as the date approached. I was a mess. Why? On one hand, I was happy and proud and so grateful for all that I had experienced at Florida State University. But as I reflected on everything; I realized that college was really over. That chapter of my life was over. My friends and I were all going to different places and living different lives. I was a crying, sobbing mess! (whew Chilayyy) 

Then I was happy. After all the hard work, the obstacles, the long hours and the late nights; I was finally done. A Graduate! An Alumna!

Then the emotions surfaced again. I had no idea what I was doing, how I was going to do it or what I planned on doing. I was overwhelmed by the thought of making real adult decisions. I didn't even know how to file my taxes (still don't really know). 

Nonetheless, College is merely a foundational - and pivotal in my opinion- step towards the next stage of your life. It is only just the beginning.

No, I don't have all the answers, but I will figure it out. No, I cannot avoid life's challenges, but I will overcome them. No, I don't know how to file my taxes, but my dad can show me. 


I am super excited to share my experiences and give you all an inside look at this journey that I am on. This is the first of many articles for my new series of blogs/vlogs that don't have a formal title yet. My goal is to share my story and hopefully show others that the journey is different for everyone and that's okay. I will be discussing topics such as Life after college, my recent move, and more. One thing I will say is to try to keep an open mind. You never know where you'll end up.

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