If someone had asked me two years ago what I was planning to do after college, I most likely would’ve said that I was going to find a job near home. Fortunately, that wasn’t in the cards. There were no entry level PR/marketing jobs in Albany, NY (that did not include sales) so I took the leap to Syracuse. I have been in my new apartment for about four months and here’s what I’ve enjoyed about my experience so far:
- I’m learning to be on my own and taking on more responsibility than I ever have. I am financially independent from my parents now and am paying all my bills, which is a first. I was fortunate enough to have parents that paid my college rent/utilities and gave me money each week for groceries so it feels good to have the money to take care of myself now.
- Experiencing a new place. Having gone to SUNY Oswego 45 minutes away from downtown Syracuse, I was somewhat familiar with the area when I first moved, but not too much, so it’s still a new environment to me. Having someone to explore it with makes it a whole lot better too!
- I’ve learned to put myself out there. I was lucky that I knew someone from my alma mater when I started my first job and it was much less stressful having someone to walk to happy hour with that first Friday. However, as time went on, I started to talk to more of the coworkers on my floor and eventually go on coffee trips or walk with them to happy hour on Friday’s. Being more of an introvert than an extrovert, I had to force myself to be more outgoing and strike up conversations. But I know that stepping out of your comfort zone is the only way to grow as a person.
- I’ve taken more time for myself. Although I love being surrounded by friends or family, I enjoy having the time to work out, ride my bike, read a book, blog or prepare food with minimal distractions. It’s nice not having to “hide away” in my room if I want alone time.
Whether you’re like me and moving only two hours away or moving across the country or the world, it will be a new experience. I miss home sometimes, but knowing that I can hop in the car and drive to Albany whenever I want is a wonderful feeling. I’ve definitely learned more about myself since moving on my own and I wouldn’t change it for anything.