Last Tuesday, at just after 3:00 p.m., I stopped being a student.
Convocation isn’t for another month or two, but really that’s just the ceremonial part. I have handed in my final paper and successfully defended it. My Masters of Arts, History is complete. This time there is no more school on the horizon. My future is stretched out, unknown, before me.
I’m not sure what to call this new chapter of my life. It’s not simply a transition from student to adult; I’ve been an adult for awhile now. I’m transitioning from Student to… The next stage is undefined. It can’t be categorized because there are too many unknowns. Hopefully the new stage will include a job I enjoy. That is the task I will be working towards in the coming weeks. No matter how the ‘future me’ looks back on my post-masters life, I know that the upcoming months and years will be filled with everyday adventures, both big and small. The trick is to notice them and appreciate them.
So as I set out on this new adventure, leaving behind the relative safety that can be found in the familiarity of school, I look forward with excitement. I look forward to the people I’ll meet, the places I’ll see, the roads I will travel. Will you come along with me? I’d love to have you, even if only for a short time, or once in a while.
“It’s a dangerous business…going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings