What’s next after grad school?

The last six semesters straight have been full of all consuming graduate school classes.  I loved most of it and I hated some of it.  I’ve never been more sleep deprived, struggled more with juggling jobs and time management, and commuted so much in my life.

Now that I graduated, I’ve been thinking about the infamous: “what’s next after grad school?” question a lot here lately.  Sometimes you spend so much time getting to a dream that when it is over, you kind of sit there spaced out wondering what is left to do.  Transitions and change make me jittery and so last summer I began preparing myself for this.  There was a point last summer in exhaustion that I wondered what Autumn still liked.  So, I relaunched my blog last summer after almost a school year of it being private, made myself read non-academic books again, and I’ve been making lots of messes in my kitchen.

This summer has different plans:

  • May will be my month of simplicity and rest; I’m working on my my physical health and my emotional health because now that I’m at the end of grad school these are the things I know I have neglected most.  I want to spend time with people who uplift me  and I want to work on that post-grad school Autumn that I have coveted wanting to be in the last year when I’ve felt exhausted.
        
  • June will be my month of time with Devin road tripping; we’re going to seven different states and I want to cherish seeing Devin after him having to travel so extensively this past year.  I want to belly ache laugh and listen to books on tapes.  I want to hug dear friends and family we haven’t seen in a long time with him.
        
  • July will be my month of making dreams come true; we’re going to seven different countries in Europe for three weeks and I know this is the adventure of a lifetime.  I have always wanted to make this trip and I want to really enjoy every minute of it without anxiety.
        
  • August will be my month of starting my first post-grad school teaching job; I have been gathering my recommendations, researching places and over the next month I will be sending out letters of interest and resumes.  I am excited to continue to learn in the classroom and for the friendships I will create with students!

After the hard work of my master’s, I’m really ready for this break to continue developing myself in completely different ways and I can’t wait to be teaching again come August!

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What are things you do to relax or help you transition into new seasons of life?

  • Mercedes Anderson

    Congrats!! I feel like I’m doing it wrong, ending my grad school career this December (assuming they let me take my comprehensive exams) and hoping to start teaching in January because I don’t have an amazing summer like yours planned!

    • There isn’t a wrong way to do it- just exciting that you’re doing it now! I’m excited for you and you’ll definitely have earned that coveted teacher’s summer off 🙂

  • Mercedes Anderson

    Congrats!! I feel like I’m doing it wrong, ending my grad school career this December (assuming they let me take my comprehensive exams) and hoping to start teaching in January because I don’t have an amazing summer like yours planned!

    • There isn’t a wrong way to do it- just exciting that you’re doing it now! I’m excited for you and you’ll definitely have earned that coveted teacher’s summer off 🙂

  • It sounds like you have such an amazing summer planned! You deserve it after all your hard work. Congrats!

  • It sounds like you have such an amazing summer planned! You deserve it after all your hard work. Congrats!

  • I love how you’ve scheduled out time for all the important aspects of your life in month long time slots! Well deserved, friend! And great photos – did Devin take them, or the handy timer?

    • Devin took these photos! I always set up the camera for him and he is nice to take them when he can :). The timer takes twice as long haha!! It is a good feeling to be done and thanks for the support 🙂

  • I love how you’ve scheduled out time for all the important aspects of your life in month long time slots! Well deserved, friend! And great photos – did Devin take them, or the handy timer?

    • Devin took these photos! I always set up the camera for him and he is nice to take them when he can :). The timer takes twice as long haha!! It is a good feeling to be done and thanks for the support 🙂

  • CONGRATS to you! What an accomplishment. I would LOVE to read a post about your upcoming Europe trip! What are your tips on planning a trip, finding the cheapest tickets, etc…looking forward to following along!

    • Congratulations to you as well!! It is so exciting to graduate and move through transitions!! I’m excited to go and share about everything- thanks for sharing in all of the excitement 🙂

  • CONGRATS to you! What an accomplishment. I would LOVE to read a post about your upcoming Europe trip! What are your tips on planning a trip, finding the cheapest tickets, etc…looking forward to following along!

    • Congratulations to you as well!! It is so exciting to graduate and move through transitions!! I’m excited to go and share about everything- thanks for sharing in all of the excitement 🙂

  • This is such a fabulous post. You were so smart to anticipate this. I did NOT and now when everybody asks me what’s next I just get a bit antsy. I might steal May being for rejuvenation and see where the rest of the summer takes me. Your road trip is going to fabulous! Any super fun stops?

    • Thank you, Amanda! 🙂 I kind of crashed after my undergrad and had a little bit of an existential crisis after graduating haha. I knew I was going to have to do something like this. I am behind on my road trip and Europe itinerary, but I’ll be putting it up soon!!

  • This is such a fabulous post. You were so smart to anticipate this. I did NOT and now when everybody asks me what’s next I just get a bit antsy. I might steal May being for rejuvenation and see where the rest of the summer takes me. Your road trip is going to fabulous! Any super fun stops?

    • Thank you, Amanda! 🙂 I kind of crashed after my undergrad and had a little bit of an existential crisis after graduating haha. I knew I was going to have to do something like this. I am behind on my road trip and Europe itinerary, but I’ll be putting it up soon!!