Thursday, March 26, 2015

An announcement to be made...

In case you hadn't noticed, I've been pretty vague with a lot of my posts lately. Talking about being stressed out without really mentioning why, saying I have a lot going on without any kind of context clue as to what. Well, there's a method to my madness. A lot of what's been going on in and out of my head, I haven't been able to put "out there" yet, mostly because of work. But now I can.

Such a dramatic intrigue, right?

After a year's worth of internal debate, I have decided to take the plunge and return to school to pursue speech language pathology!

It's been a decision I've been thinking about making for a long time, but I finally did it. Well, I haven't really done anything yet, but I've taken the necessary steps to get started, which began with putting in my two weeks at my current job.

For those of you who don't know, I've been working in a sales role at a fantastic, highly respected business news publication for a year and a half now. While I love the job, especially the people I work with, I knew in my heart that sales wasn't my passion. And as I started to research positions more closely related to my degree (mass communication with a specialty in public relations), I realized that that wasn't where I wanted to be, either. Trust me, there was a lot more to this decision than I'm relaying, but that's another blog post for another day.

I'm going to be honest, it was really difficult putting in my two weeks. Not because they didn't take it well; everyone has been beyond supportive, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a little emotional. It was difficult because, although I may not have made a big impact on the job, the job at a big impact on me. A lot of that has to do with the people I've met and gotten to know over the last year and a half. The good, the bad, and the ugly - my job has left a great impression on me, and I couldn't be more thankful for my time there.

For now, I'll be going back to hospitality life. I start serving at a popular restaurant in south Tampa come mid-April. It's definitely going to be a culture shock going back to serving, but the job's flexibility and low stress level will allow me to put my whole heart into studying for GRE before I take it for the first time in July. After that, I'll be starting pre-requisites in the fall, and working my ass off to get into grad school. It'll be weird working nights and weekends again, but I know it's the first step of many to achieving my goals.

It's crazy to think that this time in two weeks, my life will be a helluva lot different than it is today. Life is about to change in a big way. While I'm sad to close this chapter, I couldn't be more excited to start a new one.


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