Beginning of a New Chapter (Charlotte & Chapel Hill & NYC, USA)

Week 1 of Post Grad Life. 

 

Post Grad Freedom:

This is my first week as a post grad! Woohoooooo FREEEEEDDDOOOOMMMMMMMM!!! And the best part? I leave for South Africa TOMORROW! I am beyond ecstatic. Not only am I going on this all-expenses-paid trip as a contest winner for Trevolta.com and South African Airways, but I am going with three of my closest girl friends from my master’s program. I haven’t seen them since graduation, which was only a week ago, but I have already missed them SO much!

It’s only been one week since being a post-grad and I can’t even describe how awesome it’s been. Since last Sunday, I’ve been from Knoxville to Charlotte to Chapel Hill to NYC. I hate that I couldn’t stay in Charlotte a little bit longer because I’ve seriously missed my parents so much while I was abroad and could’ve really used another week to spend some time with them. I could’ve also used the week (maybe month) to clean up the huge mess that’s been piling up in their house for the past four years… I feel so bad that their house has just become my own storage space ever since I’ve moved out for college.

 

Budding New Relationship:

As for Chapel Hill… how bittersweet. I still hate all the memories associated with this place, but all the bad ones are slowly being replaced with good ones. The experiences I’ve had this past year is making me so much happier as a person in general, than I ever was before. So I am slowly starting to let go of all my fears and hatred towards this place, especially since it’s the home of someone very special to me: my new boyfriend.

In front of the Old Well with my boyfriend :)
In front of the Old Well with my boyfriend :)
Snuck into the Kenan Football Stadium :P
Snuck into the Kenan Football Stadium :P

It was a bit sad leaving him at the airport because I honestly don’t know when I will be coming back to the US. I’m in NYC now, will be in Johannesburg and Cape Town this week, and then will be off to Hong Kong next Sunday. After that, I have no idea where I will be—I have no other flight tickets or plans as to where I will go after Hong Kong.

 

Weekend in NYC:

This weekend in New York City was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. My college friends took time out of their busy schedule to hangout with me all weekend and it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in NYC. This place still never ceases to amaze me. It’s my favorite city in the US for a reason. Every time I am up there, I’m always doing and seeing something new. This time, I went to Cony Island and Brooklyn, two places I’ve never been to before. Lo and behold, I was pretty amazed at the discovery.

At Cony Island in NYC
At Cony Island in NYC
UNC friends at Cony Island, NYC
UNC friends at Cony Island, NYC
Friends from all over--grad school, undergrad and study abroad program
Friends from all over–grad school, undergrad and study abroad program
Brooklyn overlooking Manhattan
Brooklyn overlooking Manhattan

 

Start of a New Chapter:

I cannot believe how much I’ve grown since the last time I was in NYC. Last time, I was so uncomfortable with who I was and where I was in life. I was emotionally distressed and always seeking validation from people around me. I was so insecure about everything. Even to the day that I left NYC to go to France and start my master’s program, I was uncertain about where my life was heading. Right now, I don’t know exactly where I’ll be next year, but I know for a fact that I will be happy. I am very certain of myself and my capabilities. I have so much more faith in myself and in God (yes, in God… this nonbeliever now has faith) than I did exactly a year ago.

This year, I’ve reached out to God more than I ever have in my entire life. This year, I often found myself praying to God whenever I was scared of a situation or whenever I was uncertain about something. I’ve asked Him numerous times to protect me and show me signs of His existence and He has. Skeptics would call those signs coincidences, but I was once one of those skeptics, but now I really do have faith.

It’s been an incredible journey… I just cannot believe I’ve circled back to NYC already. I’ve gained so much and experienced more than I could’ve ever imagined that I would have when I left a year ago. I am so thankful to my family, friends and God for everything. I’m off again tomorrow to start a whole new chapter of my life. It’s exciting and scary, but definitely more exciting, especially since my blog titles will switch from “Week x of Global Entrepreneurship Program” to “Week x of Post Grad Life!”

Stay tuned…

xoxo from NYC,
Jinny~