2017 Reflections: The Transition from Student to Employee

As I sit in Firestone waiting for my car to receive its biannual oil change, I’m reflecting over what a year 2017 has been.

There have been many ups and downs, but overall, it was a solid year. I graduated Magna Cum Laude (.1 away from graduating with highest honors!) from the Fox School at Temple, I developed a 3-week internship into a full time position for a company that is only beginning to flourish, and I’ve traveled to a few states and cities I’ve never visited prior.

I’ve also learned a lot about myself, my health, and my professionalism, and have set goals for my personal and career growth that I hope to achieve during the course of 2018. I’ve learned and implemented so many different marketing tactics I’ve never truly understood prior to developing my skill-set in the workforce, and I’m looking forward to the incredible improvement I know I’ll see during this new year and the years to come.

I’ve also cultivated relationships with so many influencers across the United States as well as curated lovely friendships with people far and near who I never knew would impact my life in so many ways.

And while there were many positives to this year as a whole, there were also a lot of roadblocks. For some time, I lost who I was as a person – I couldn’t uphold some of my values and standards that I set for myself. I also did not feel 100% mentally and physically prepared for life “as an adult” once I moved on from college. Let me tell ya something, parents and other adults don’t really prepare you for the transition from a full-time college student to a full-time employee. It really is life-changing, and I guess it’s hard to explain to another, considering that everyone’s lifestyles are different. They briefly highlight the change, but they don’t tend to hold your hand through the transition like they once may have. It is eye-opening and something that I highly suggest people take into precaution.

Overall, this year was an exhilarating, stressful, and complicated period of time full of challenges, self-realization, learning, growth, and goal setting, and I cannot wait to take what 2017 has given me and prepared me for as I take my next steps into 2018.

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