Status Update

Dear Reader,

You know that little blurb on the left hand side of your Facebook page that has where you work, study, live and all that good stuff? Well, I’ve been grappling with this for a couple of months because soon, I will no longer study at Duquesne. I will have studied at Duquesne. The past tense makes a big difference.

So … now what? Doubtless, I will be barraged by an onslaught of family asking that question over and over again at all Christmas functions. I should just wear a sweater that boldly proclaims “I don’t know –  I’m working on it.” Finding a job, much less something you’re really interested in, is practically a full-time job. I’m prepared to spend several months looking, so I don’t feel too nervous about the dive into un-student-ment.

What I am more nervous about is becoming something that I have never been before, which is … a not-student. What does someone who is not a student do? I mean, I’ve been doing this since 1998! I’d love to continue doing this, but that’s not in the cards or my wallet right now.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any words of advice or comfort, so you’re stuck with just lil ol’ babbling me. But I think what this helps to express is the reality of transitioning from familiarity to something else. And you may not know what that ‘something else’ is. Just know that not knowing isn’t wrong.

And thus, I end this brief letter with gratitude to you for taking the time to possibly share in my concerns. In addition, I would like to thank the Liberal Arts College for this opportunity and all the time and effort they’ve given to me in my undergraduate career. Onward and upward to the next!

Thanks for reading,
Ellen

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