Recently, at an art exhibit, I came across the following statement: “The situation is fluid.” I instantly loved this line. I think a lot of people can take something from this and apply it to their lives. I thought this might be a great thing to keep in mind when I was addressing some of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in transitioning from college student to an ISDR/Systems Analyst. Two of the biggest challenges of mine were adapting to living on my own and time management.
While in college, I lived on campus all four years. My friends were close by – right down the hall, on another floor, in the next building. I would constantly be running into someone I knew on my way to and from class, in the athletic facility, and just here and there around campus. The best part was that it didn’t matter what time of day it was – morning, night, middle of the night – there was always something going on – whether it be social events on campus, grabbing a late night snack in the student center, or studying and writing papers in the computer lab late at night.
While I definitely miss that sense of community, I’ve enjoyed trying new things and meeting new people. Sometimes, though, I feel caught between having too much time and not enough time to do everything I want to do. As a college student I was used to being constantly on the go – busy with classes, homework, jobs, student clubs, working out, grocery shopping, eating, cleaning, sports, new episodes of Suits every week, hanging out with friends, etc.! Having a lot to do helped me get in a routine and manage my time. So, since I’ve started working full time I’ve been working on figuring out a new routine. This has been fun. I’ve tried new gyms and studios for work out classes to find what I like best, figured out where I like to buy food and the best times to go shopping to avoid the crowds, and found different volunteer opportunities. Now that I know what days I’m doing what, I can better manage my “free-time” for cleaning and organizing my place, visiting family (I’m super fortunate that mine is close by for the first time again in years because I had always been away at school!), taking advantage of all the cool things to do and places to try around Pittsburgh, and just relaxing some days.
Having a lot going on (in addition to an 8-4 day) may seem stressful, but having a somewhat organized routine allows me to get so much more out of my weeks! I’m definitely more productive that way and less stressed overall! Just because I like a little time management, doesn’t mean I need everything to be in order all the time. Like I said in the beginning, ‘the situation is fluid’, and I think the most important thing about that is to always keep an open mind and to be open to change even if it brings new challenges.
Side note! Speaking of transitioning between college and starting the ISDR program – I took advantage of the time I had “off” between graduation and day one of being an ISDR by doing some travelling. The picture is from a rainy London day with London’s Tower Bridge in the background. Thanks for reading!
By Whitney Soldo, Information Services Division Rotation Program