On May 9th, I virtually graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University! Also, it’s the end of an era, I just had to change my tagline 😂.
I started this journey back in 2016 and I’m happy to say that I’ve truly grown so much. People say that college makes for some of the best years of your life. After going through it, I have to say, I agree. It just sucks having to graduate in the middle of a pandemic. I’ve never been a huge fan of large events– I almost skipped my HS graduation to see Beyoncé in concert– so not having a formal ceremony didn’t bother me that much. However, I do wish my family was able to see me walk across that stage. My school has given us the option to walk at the December graduation, but I don’t think I’ll do it. I’ll be knee-deep into my post-grad life by then.
Related: check out my college posts! I’ve been documenting my journey from freshman to senior year.
As for post-grad plans, I’m taking some time off to improve my medical school application. I’ve signed up for a CNA course and by the end of the Summer, I should be able to get to work. Lord knows I need the healthcare experience. I’m also hoping to get some research experience under my belt. Academically, I’m planning to do a special master’s program. There are two programs that I have my eye on, but I’m not planning to apply until next year. In short, I plan to take 2 gap years before completing a master’s program and applying to medical school. I’ve written about gap years before, so if you’re thinking about taking one, read this: link. I’m also planning to write a post detailing how to plan for a gap year period.
2 months later, we’re still in quarantine. Cities are beginning to open back up which is something I’m nervous about because we still don’t have a vaccine. People have quit social distancing, going out to restaurants, and sharing hookahs! I’ve read that we may be getting a second wave of COVID in the Fall. All of this has been mentally taxing, so of course, I can’t wait to get back to doing everyday things (like going to work). In the meantime, I’ve been trying to get a travel bucket list together. It’s been hard because no one knows when we’ll be able to safely travel again. I know I definitely want to hit some big US cities like NY, Chicago, and LA. Right now, my main priority has been saving money and knocking down some of my credit card debt. That way, when we’re finally able to travel, I’ll be ready.
Anyway, I just wanted to give an update. I hope you all are doing well during this time of uncertainty.
Thanks for reading!