So, so much has changed - and for the better - in such a short period of time. I saw some new cities (Minneapolis, St. Paul, Los Angeles, San Diego), became one degree cooler (go Coogs!), and I am just about ready to begin my journey as a full-time professional. So today, I want to talk about the things that have happened, and what will come next.
The last few months of my college career were a total whirlwind. Between working 20 hours a week at Bauer's Rockwell Career Center and working around the clock on our Sales for Social Impact class project, the things that stand out most to me when I look back is sleeplessness, caffeine, and cold, cold weather.
Traveling to Minnesota in late November was a daring choice, but not an optional one - the ten students in our class made the trip to present at 3M headquarters in St. Paul, and we brought with us the first snow of the season.
As native Houstonians, we really had no clue how to handle ourselves in this type of weather, but we made the most of it.
We toured the St. Paul Cathedral, explored a new coffee shop to keep warm and kill time, made friends with an Ethiopian cab driver, had a late night photo shoot in an icy park, got lost a little, visited Minneapolis, and learned from tour guides about new products at the 3M headquarters. And I spent a lot of time staring in amazement at the giant icicles hanging from buildings.
Each moment is one I remember as an adventure. And I wish I could tell you about every one of them, but we'd be here all day, and a picture is worth a thousand words.
It wasn't too long after that I hit another extremely memorable moment.
Obtaining an undergraduate degree is something that will happen only once in my life. I can now say I have a BBA in Marketing with certificate in Advanced Professional Sales and a certificate in Entrepreneurship.
I think about all of the organizations I was a part of that each taught me something. To name a few, Enactus taught me how to lead and taught me about the importance of social entrepreneurship. The Program for Excellence in Selling taught me to chase my dreams and never be set back by a “no.”
And I think about the countless mentors that provided support, and about the friends who are constantly teaching me new things and pushing me to be the best version of myself. Ultimately, University of Houston has provided me with challenges, experiences, and a network of people that have shaped who I am today, both inside and outside the classroom.
My post-graduation vacation was to visit Yotham's family in California in early January 2018. I'd been in California once before, only for 24 hours for an executive presentation, and had no time to sightsee. This time, I went with my boyfriend and met family, and soaked in everything California had to offer.
We started with LACMA.
We found the Hollywood sign, we ventured through Universal's CityWalk at night....
(WOAH, who is that cute guy?!)
And we played in the sand at Coronado, discovering a network of small shops inside the 1800's-era Hotel del Coronado where I bought the best ice cream I've ever had, even though it was too cold to really eat ice cream.
Getting to spend time with Yotham's family, though, was the highlight for me.
WHAT COMES NEXT
Next, I will be moving into my first apartment, so it's official - I am an adult.
I'll begin my role as a Sales Analyst with Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas, and I am in the best division (in my humble opinion), which is Aviation Lubricants. It promises to be high energy, challenging, and a lot of fun.
I'll be honing skills in data analysis and the tools that can help me with it before I start, so if you have any resources please point me in the right direction.
And I couldn't be more excited or humbled to have done the things I have done, or to be going the places I am.
I'll stop here with a few open-ended questions: if you had three weeks before becoming a working professional, how would you spend it? What advice would you give yourself?
That's the Creme de la Em. Thanks for sticking around,