After College, Before Work

It’s an awkward interim – I have graduated college, but don’t yet have a real job. I am telling myself that this is not because I am lazy and unmotivated, but because I plan on higher education in the form of 3 years of law school to obtain a JD that will hopefully help me get an even better job.

But I am SURE I’m not the only one who’s found out that there’s this lovely gap of several months between graduating college and beginning graduate school. I’m not the ONLY one who graduated early, after all. Right? 

Right. Googling for things to do in this break didn’t yield much results beyond “OMG GET A JOB” so here I am blogging about what I think I would rather do in the time between now and September.

What should I do in all this spare time!? I want to go travel – I am planning to travel to India, hopefully. I’m VERY VERY psyched that I’m done with college, but I’m still very reluctant about entering reality and work and law school. It will happen, but it doesn’t need to happen quite yet….

If you guys have had ‘breaks’ in your life like this, what have you done with them?

Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish before I start law school in September:

  1. Travel to India – probably in March or April? For a month or two.
  2. Finish organizing and decorating my basement room/mini-apartment
  3. Get a proper medical checkup – gynecologist + endocrinologist AND figure out how to regularly obtain birth control without paying out the roof for it
  4. WRITE! I have so many unfinished projects on this blog
  5. Go on a cruise – with friends, not family
  6. Do something adventurous – skiing? Hand-gliding, para-sailing, hot-air-balloon, bungee jumping, skydiving…the options are endless. Pick one and do it!
  7. Find a part-time job as a Paralegal once I’m done traveling
  8. GET INTO LAW SCHOOL – preferably Fordham – and find an affordable apartment in New York City
  9. Save up enough money for a car – long-term goal, don’t really need a car for the next three years while I am studying in the city
  10. Save up enough money for a Euro-trip – long-term goal, this won’t happen until after law school as well. 

August 2012 Plans

August will be my most exciting month this summer, I think. You know why?

BECAUSE I’LL BE 21.

AND I’LL BE IN VEGAS FOR 4 DAYS! MAYBE MORE. DATES AREN’T FINAL. 

AND IN VEGAS, MY PARENTS WON’T BE THERE. MY FRIEND WILL.

Then there’s an earlier trip that month as well – Friday & Saturday shall be spent in Atlantic City! That’s a trip that my parents are accompanying me on but I might also have other (of-age) friends come with me, namely Rukmani and Christine (Her bday is August 1st so this would be a way to celebrate both of our birthdays)

Isn’t it shaping up to be an exciting two months? I still haven’t input my other travel dates, but I need to add in (somewhere in either July or August) a trip to WASHINGTON DC to visit George Washington University and also Georgetown University.

My gosh I am so excited!

 

July 2012 Plans

My summer is filling up fast with all this traveling I’m aiming to do! I don’t know if I posted earlier but my plan is that in addition to working 2 days a week and interning 2 days a week, I want to travel and visit some law schools as well!

The first of these trips will most likely take place in July, unless I can squeeze in my trip to Boston earlier, sometime in June. I don’t want to push it and it’s cheaper to plan a little bit earlier; if I made bookings now for traveling in June, I would probably have to pay more.

Check out what July looks like though. Talk about jam-packed!

July 30th is my birthday! I’m so excited 🙂 I can’t believe I’ll be 21 so soon now!!

Time to start hunting for some cheap airline and hotel rates!

Day 28: Erasing Social Boundaries

Day 28 — If I could do one thing that is socially unacceptable and know I would not be judged, I would…

Oh this is difficult! There are some things I wish I could do without being judged, but I know I would still be punished for them. In that case, I would not do them with or without the judgment of others. In fact, I don’t often care about the judgment of others.

This is a tough one. I don’t know if I would do it, but I want a chance to express my innermost thoughts. That is what this challenge is about after all.

I think if I knew I wouldn’t be judged for it, I would take some time off between college and law school and do some “inner exploring.” I’m not going to be cliche and say I want to find myself, because I think I know who I am already, but I want some fun. With no stress. High school was all about advanced classes and AP Exams and SAT’s and getting into a good college.

Then college was mostly about studying and writing essays and staying up all night to finish homework assignments. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun, but there was overriding stress. Throughout college, I have worked, interned, studied, attended classes, participated in extracurricular activities, managed club leadership positions, and now, studied for my LSAT. It was a lot of work.

So if I could do so without judgment (and if I had the means to do so), I would most definitely take some time off to travel. I would explore, I would learn how to paint and mold clay. I would paint a mural on the walls of my apartment and build a giant DIY nail polish rack. I would backpack through Europe and couchsurf my way around all the different countries. I would go on a cruise, perhaps around the Mediterranean. Maybe with a boy?

I know this doesn’t sound that crazy, but given present social norms, I would be the center of all the Indian Aunty gossip. I can just see their faces now, so scandalized that I was traveling alone or worse yet, with a boy.

xoxo,
Pryanka

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