It’s officially been 9 months and 9 days since I’ve began my post college adventure moving from the young, perfect weather and free-spirited city of Austin, Texas to the ambitious, diverse and powerful city of Washington, DC. I have to admit, moving to two different Capitals within a 5 year span was not in my deck of cards when deciding what next venture I wanted to pursue after graduation.
But as any young rational adult who needs to make life-changing decisions, it certainly brought its curveballs, obstacles, “bumps in the road”, any other name deemed appropriate to discuss a tumultuous phase of your life.
Now don’t get me wrong. I had that clear freak-out moment nearing my graduation last May where as a typical graduating senior, I had to decide there and then what I needed to do with my life or at least determine some idea to lead me in the right direction, ”forge my own path to success” as they say. I was graduating from one of the proudest universities in the world, the University of Texas at Austin, and my term as a enrolled Longhorn was coming to an end. But come on now, let’s be real…Who REALLY knows what they want to do with their lives at 20-something years old? Yes, we all have these ambitious and idealistic ideas of changing the world. Yes, we all want to travel to places we’ve never been, and undertake these completely up-in-the air adventures that we feel we have the right to do after investing 4 years of writing research papers and taking exams with annoying bubble-in scantrons. Yes, most of us know that we enjoyed our major and loved taking those few courses in college that turned on our critical thinking caps.
I’m writing this post as the beginning, to share and describe my experiences as a 22-year old Latina Texan transitioning from my undergrad bubble into the real world of young professionals and work life. This is my way of venting about the crazy experiences I live working here on Capitol Hill, working for an important political figure and my growth as a person through the process. I’m going to write about my crazy DC experiences, the people I meet, and more importantly, write about awesome museums, brunches, bars, hangouts etc. to check out if ever visiting!
Happy blogging y’all!
I TOO was not accepted into UT in 2008. I was an out-of-state student and NOT in the top 10 percent of my class. I too played piano for 11 years, and played varsity sports and did extracurriculars, but I never thought felt for one second that someone “took my spot”. My first thought was not to SUE the institution but prove to them that I truly believed UT was the school for me; that I would thrive and succeed with the education and experiences it would provide me if accepted. I busted my butt to get in, and eventually after enrolling in a summer program and working with numerous admission counselors, I did. I hold a diploma on my wall from the University of Texas at Austin because I had a goal and I fought, and struggled like heck to achieve it. I never ONCE felt entitled to be accepted NOR did I believe that because I was Latina, I SHOULD be accepted. So please stop trying to end Affirmative Action because you yourself were not willing nor strong enough to fight for your dreams.
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