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In just a few days, this Friday to be exact, I will graduate college! I am so relieved and excited to have graduated in four years, however it's bittersweet. I have made some great friends here at school and leaving them behind will be difficult. Although it's all very scary too because my life is about to make some drastic changes. I will be on my own for quite some time, something I am only half way used to. Most of my friends are gearing up for the real world. My room mate is moving to San Diego with her boyfriend, another friend is working for the capitol, others are venturing off to Atlanta, GA. When anyone asks me what my post-graduation plans are, I simply reply I'm moving to Alaska. I'd have to say the most common response I have received, is "That is so the most random thing I've heard." Although, to many I'm sure that does seem true, but I find it exhilarating that I will be in such a beautiful place, and not stuck in a cubicle staring at a computer screen. Some just don't understand the joy in that. It's a little funny to think I will graduate college and become a waitress, but going to Alaska is just so much more than what my job is. It's about the experience I will gain and the place I will live. I am ready to leave college, and the antics that go along with it. I feel the need to be isolated for a while before I ever try to get a 'real job'. I'm graduating with a B.A. in Creative Writing. Travel will only enhance my creative mind and provide me with a much broader spectrum of which I can write. Some people think I'm crazy, and sometimes I think I am too. I just know that I am following my dreams, and that is truly what is most important in life.

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Comment by Julie on April 28, 2008 at 1:56am
I think we all have the same story here...Random is a word I hear a lot! I just blogged last week, after I decided to move to Alaska, about how people work their whole life to retire to Florida, or take a cruise to Alaska...and here I am living that life now. And not only am I getting to see the sites, but I am getting to EXPERIENCE them. It is completely different spending the summer in Alaska, and taking a week long vacation thru there. Good for you and I will see you up there!
Comment by josie on April 27, 2008 at 9:16am
ha not more than 3 days ago i had a coworker come up to me and say "so i hear your going to alaska, why?" and i said why not? why not go to have the experience of a lifetime and to get out and travel? and she goes "but why?" haha some people just don't get it..
Comment by akscootr on April 23, 2008 at 12:34pm
"I just know that I am following my dreams, and that is truly what is most important in life". I have often wondered why the "real world" consists of a person trying to acquire as much as possible and then spend the rest of their life working to hold on to it. You are in the real world... and as far as I am concerned, much smarter than your peers who will be bound to a desk. :0)
Your degree will take you far, but not as far as your last sentence. Awsome... I am glad you are following your dreams. cheers...
Comment by Alex on April 22, 2008 at 7:24pm
I hear you. A lot of the people you will work with will be at the same point in their lives. Most of the seasonal workers up here are well educated. You will probably have a Bulgarian busser with a law degree, no joke. One of my good friends is a teacher, he holds a masters and has been coming up to Alaska for the last 7 years. He comes up not just because he loves it but because he makes a lot more money waiting tables here than he does teaching.

The real world can be pretty unfulfilling.
I dropped out of college after my first summer in Alaska and I couldn't be more happy with that decision. I'm only 22 and I've been all over the world and gained more from it than any college education could offer me. I now feel like I'm ready to go back to school and I actually know what I want to study!

I see hundreds of senior citizens from the midwest who come through Alaska on week long package tours which are supposed to be the vacation of their lifetime. They look pretty dumbfounded when I tell them that after the summer I will backpack around Europe for 2 months and then head to Egypt. They always say "do it while you're young"
Comment by josie on April 21, 2008 at 7:54pm
i know exactly how you feel as to what people say and that its not just about the job, it's soo much more than that...and all that matters is that you truely are happy..you couldn't have summed all that up any better..

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