The trajectory of my graduate school experience is one that I will forever cherish. In the middle of listening to Lana Del Rey belch out her emotional tunes, which sometimes puts me in an never-ending stupor it dawned upon me--I reached a pivotal point in my life. I'm 23 and ready to leave an impact on the world. Yes, I know my beliefs echo those of every other millennial, but these past two years have been extremely interesting to say the least. It's quiet ironic, the level of euphoria I experienced at CSULB and UCLA paralleled; however, there was one major difference I experienced at UCLA--I learned how to "adult." I not only mastered "adulting" (why do we use this word like it's a verb anyways?) I learned a great deal about myself, wants, interests and desires. Graduate school was filled with a lot of tears and a lot of laughter but I look back saying I am grateful for every experience. It truly shaped me into the person I am today and I leave my university holding my head up high with the belief that I can accomplish anything (whether big or small) that I put my mind to.
Some of my greatest memories in graduate school was my studio. If those walls could talk, I am confident that a memoir could be written about my studio. I believe I spent more time in my studio than outside. Reading, blogging, watching tv, slaving over my schoolwork sometimes even crying over my schoolwork. It is crazy--I miss some of the most mundane experiences in that studio such as hearing fellow graduate students discuss their classes in passing as we went our separate ways, or the random Chinese food delivery guy who always knew exactly how I wanted my beef and broccoli.
Other than the lackluster details about my studio, I had very different experiences in my first year compared to my second year. The first year was rough but I quickly got ahold of what was expected of me my second year which was hands down my favorite year. I attended my first football game, bought a car, worked two jobs on top of being a full-time student, I traveled, and I finally got back into modeling after taking nearly a 6 year hiatus from the industry that I love. I made sure to accomplish everything I set my mind two those last few months of graduate school. I hope all of my blog readers whether you're in your first year of college, graduate school, medical school, etc realize that your educational experiences are what you make of it but I advise you to make the most out of your experiences because you'll never get that time back. Unless you're smarter than Einstein and discover how to go back in time but that's commentary for another blog post.
What Is She Wearing?
Long Dress: Badgley Mischka
Short Dress: Asos
Shoes: Steve Madden