deference | noun | /ˈdef(ə)rəns/ 1: respectful submission or yielding to the judgement, opinion, will, etc., of another. 2: respectful or courteous regard. It’s been a long time since I’ve been truly inspired to write anything. Part of that is the typical “I’m busy with life” excuse, but another part of that is that I have always felt like this blog is a place for … Continue reading I Am Done With Deference.
For anyone who’s kept up with my blog, you might have noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Since my last post in July, I’ve gone through a series of experiences one might summarize in a phrase as “growing up.” I moved to a new apartment. I got my first “real” job. I started some new hobbies. I’ve made new friends. I’m … Continue reading Life Updates – Hello, Adulthood
Real-life events that have transpired this week: 1. I went to a professional networking event and had no title/organization to put on my name tag. I was suddenly hit with the realization that I couldn’t claim the safe-haven that is student status anymore. During introductions, I panicked and introduced myself as a musician, which by virtue of degree, I am. 2. As part of an … Continue reading My Worth Is Not Defined By My Job Title (Or Degree)
If there’s anything I’ve learned about the postgraduate landscape, it’s that there are no one-size-fits-all maps. Maybe, if you’re really lucky, you have some great mentors who can help guide you. Maybe, you find yourself more-or-less on your own trying to pave a path. Either way, I’m here to say that I relate and here are some of the things I’ve been doing to keep … Continue reading 5 Things To Do During the Postgrad Transition Period
As of this past week, I have officially been in France for 100 days. With the end of the year quickly approaching, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what I’ve done in France thus far. Luckily for me, I’ve been keeping a daily journal so I won’t have to attempt to do this off the top of my head. It’s nice to … Continue reading 100 x 100 (100 Things in 100 Days)
Hello blogosphere! I know it’s been a nice long while since I’ve posted anything. Not because I haven’t wanted to, but mostly because I’ve been dealing with what I like to think of as a little bit of the blues. Long story short, living in France isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. After getting ambushed by an emotional breakdown on the first … Continue reading Beating the TAPIF/Postgrad Blues
Today was the first day of school for many of my friends. For the first time in 18 years I am not returning. To be frank, that makes me very uncomfortable. People talk about graduating from college as the start of a whole new chapter. New jobs, graduate school, new apartments, exciting opportunities. I’ve literally heard these words, but none of them prepared me for the complicated … Continue reading Stepping Off the Conveyor Belt: Thoughts on Post-Grad Life