This past July, following a summer of internship and adventure in Indianapolis, I packed up my life and made my way back to Eastern Illinois University. Pulling onto campus, hugging old friends and meeting new ones, settling into a new apartment, I felt – for the first time – the pressure of two very significant journeys ahead: the Job Search and the Thesis.
These would, I recognized in that moment, characterize my entire second year of graduate school, occupying my mind in the quiet moments and happily stepping in to fill the blank slots in my day-to-day schedule. Standing at the edge of April, I realize that I was not wrong. The journey for each has been long, complex, and full of opportunities to learn and grow. As of the past couple of weeks, however, they have each come to a resolution. Two big steps in the adventure.