July 6, 2012 by Brianna May
Alumni life is hard, plain and simple. Whether going back home to the parents to save money on rent while working 40 hrs a week, or living with roommates in DC/California/NYC/overseas and working at a grueling job, the real world is completely different. And what a challenge!
My plan in life so far is to save money and live with my family in New Delhi, India (because honestly this place is too cool to say no to) while working at the U.S. Embassy. My family is extremely happy to have me back for the year, despite my college-like tendencies of staying out until 4am and sleeping in until 11am. And I am thankful I am here with them, living it up in a safe environment with my loved ones.
I’ve applied to Diplomatic Security, so hopefully I’ll get an interview (sooner than later?) for my dream job… I still haven’t heard anything, although I know people who have been rejected. I am getting nervous. Right now I work at the Econ Office in the Embassy and I am having a blast. The people are nice, the work is demanding, and I feel challenged. I’m also taking Urdu during my lunch hour so I can get another foreign language under my belt (yes, Dad, I pretend to speak Greek and Spanish, and possibly English). I have applied for other more challenging jobs here, and am waiting to be interviewed for them. We’ll see what happens…
One thing I knew was going to happen is that I definitely miss the College. I miss the bricks, the trees, the grass, the blue sky, the buildings, the lack of traffic on most days, and of course the people. I wish I could go into the Center for Student Diversity and just sit on Margie or Vernon’s couch and relax for an hour while bugging them about my life. I wish I could sit in the Sunken Garden (or as a little girl I overheard it once called, “The Battlefield”) while watching random frat-boys play ultimate Frisbee. I would like to be ignored by WaWa Pam as I buy mac and cheese for my 2am snack after the Delis. I wish I could worry about which one of the county or College police officers is tailing my bike as I ride through CW for a break during the day. I wish I could hang-out with friends at the Leafe on Sunday nights.
Now that I have all of my nostalgic feelings out of the way, I am going to go back to feeling lucky about having a house to live in, a job that pays well for a College grad, and being with a family who loves me. I have traveled across Delhi, seen a Bollywood Musical, and have met more people that have made positive impacts on my life. And that is what matters.
That’s all for now – until next time, Tribe.