End of an Era: Graduation

Last week, I graduated from what is the best university (ever), The Ohio State University. I'm only slightly biased because I attended this fine institution, but it actually is absolutely amazing. I have a degree now, woah. In case you're curious, I studied International Relations & Diplomacy, with minors in French and Eastern European & Slavic Studies (I dabbled in Russian as well). What am I going to do with that?
Post confirmation that I received the correct diploma (I was one of 11,235)!
I cannot believe that my four years of university are over. They were the longest and shortest four years of my life. I'm pretty sure I moved into my freshman dorm yesterday, but I'm also pretty sure that my last finals week lasted approximately 3 years, I don't know. I met my best friends, who I am very confident will be my friends forever. I tried new things, travelled new places, met new people, and learned about the world and myself. These last four years have been the best years of my life, so far. If the future holds anything even close to the fun, friendship, and experience that I found at Ohio State, I will be beyond blessed and thrilled.
Together forever, from freshman year to senior year & beyond.
I have grown into a completely different person from who I was four years ago, whoever that was. I've figured out what I like, what I believe in, where I want to be (& where I don't), basically, I think I know who I am (at least for now). While I learned about the world in my classes, I learned about myself with everything else that I did. I became a leader, a traveller, and an independent woman (wow, cliché).
Where will the future lead?
As soon as someone knows that you are about to graduate or you've just graduated, the first question is "What are you going to do now?" My answer: "I have no idea." I didn't graduate with a plan for the future. I don't have a job that will lead to a career, I don't even know where I"m going to live after my current lease is up. I've jumped head first into the unknown. 
Honestly, it's scary not knowing what I'm going to be doing in August. This is the first time in 17 years that I haven't had a plan. Sure, I'm applying for things, but I can't get accepted to everything and I probably won't. I'm terrified, but I think I like not having a plan. I have so many options right now! & you know I'll keep you updated on wherever my new, post-grad life takes me.
Later, Ohio State.
- Jess

P.S. Look at my graduation cap! It's probably my favorite thing I've ever made. Inspired by Hamilton An American Musical. You MUST listen to the soundtrack if you haven't yet. You won't regret it & you're welcome in advance.
"A couple of college credits and a top notch brain."


  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! AAA you look amazing I love your cap! Do you want to support each others blog by following each other? Please let me know so I can follow you right back:)


    1. Thanks Hilary! I just looked at your blog and it is SO CUTE! I can't wait to hear/see more from you. :D

  2. Congratulations!! Must feel so weird! I can't wait to be done with my studies but when it's all over I'm sure I'll miss it like crazy.. we'll see haha :)