I’ve been thinking a lot about the past 4 years recently, and it’s amazing how fast my college years went by. You hear people say that going in, but you always thing “nah, they’re just exaggerating.” Nope. Sometimes people actually know what they’re talking about.
Freshman year was such a great year in just the fact that it was so much different from anything high school had to offer. I was living in the biggest dorm in school, with 30 of my peers, none of us knowing exactly what to expect. Now looking back 4 years later, I don’t remember every single detail, but the stuff I do remember I loved. Sure, there were things I would have done differently, things I regret, but things happen the way they do and you can’t change the past. Fact is, I made a great group of core friends that lasted me throughout school, and even into this weird, post-grad fuzziness that still doesn’t feel like real life.
I consider myself grateful that I kept in touch with so many great people from school, and even more grateful that many of them decided to make the cross-country jump that I did in moving to LA. Some for very different reasons, but all the same we’re here. It’s great when you lose touch with someone you were close with, and when you get back in touch, it’s almost as if you didn’t miss a beat.
I guess the biggest difference with our current life state, is that whereas at the beginning of college, we were all in the same boat, and essentially had the same bumpy ride toward a similar goal, now we’re all captains of our own small boats, some are going faster and steadier than others, and almost none are going to the same island. And in a sense that’s scary, but very exciting. Even my friends that aren’t in Los Angeles, but living in other parts of the country…their paths are totally different than mine, but I’m still interested and supportive of what they’re doing. Plus having a friend in Chicago or San Francisco or Seattle are great excuses to visit those cities (and see baseball games in those cities, that’s another life goal).
I’ve used enough cliches in this post so far, but one more for kicks – none of us know what the future holds, but some have a better idea than others. I’m in the first category, I’m not sure where I’ll be working next week if at all for example. But it’s a decision I made to be here in Los Angeles, searching for work in this environment. 4 years ago I had no idea this is what I would be doing with my post-graduate life. 4 years ago I had no idea what After Effects is. Or what Broomball is. Or how to navigate through the streets of Boston. I had no idea 4 years later I’d be living on my own, across the country from my home, a handful of friends around me, setting my eyes on a career in entertainment, witnessing and experiencing first-hand the many stories I’ve heard in the past – horror stories, celebrity citing stories, big break moment stories. I’m still waiting for my version of the latter. I know it will come. It’s a cliche piece of advice I keep hearing, and if I’ve learned anything in the past 4 years, it’s that cliche pieces of advice are cliche because they’re true.