On to the Real World….the Truth About Moving to a New City

The past few months have been a blur.
In April I was invited to attend a few banquets recognizing the activities I was involved in throughout college, I was “tapped” into a secret society, I went to my last sorority social. In May I took a few finals, attended the honors ceremony, GRADUATED from college, and went apartment hunting. In June I said goodbye to my family, boyfriend, and friends and moved across the country (literally from San Diego to Raleigh, North Carolina!!), and began my first REAL job. And in July, I stepped out of my comfort zone- A LOT.
These past few months have taught me a lot about myself, with the most important lesson being, its okay to be alone.
This statement would’ve scared me a few months ago. And honestly, it still does scare me. I have learned that being an adult isn’t necessarily about working full time, paying bills, or attending happy hours. Instead, it is learning to be independent.
Prior to this experience, I would’ve easily told you that I am independent, and I was, but this word has a completely different meaning to me now. In high school I made the decision of traveling half way across the country to the Midwest, Missouri to be exact, to attend college. I came into that school not knowing anyone but I quickly made friends and had a support system.
When I made the decision to accept a position in North Carolina, I thought it would be a similar situation. I thought that I would quickly and easily make friends and settle in rather quickly. While I have made friends, I underestimated the ease at which it would occurred.
I do not regret moving across the country to a place where I do not know anyone, rather I think it was one of the best decisions I could have made. Not knowing anyone has pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and face some of my fears. I have made the effort to meet new people and try new things- something that I never would have done if it wasn’t for this position. I have explored the area by myself and I have discovered some new places because of that!
The biggest lesson I have learned is to be okay with being by yourself. I have learned more about myself in the past month than the past 22 combined. Although sometimes it is hard, I am so thankful that I have had this time to grow.
•Maddie

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