I’m done with school . . . now what?

It has been a year and a half since I graduated law school, and a year since I started my first full-time legal job. Prior to May 2018, I was in school for most of my life. I went to college months after high school graduation, and to law school months after my college graduation. Being a student, is all I have known. So last year, was a huge transition for me.

The first month into working felt like a blur. In such a short period of time, I graduated, sat for the bar exam, and moved states.

When asked “how does it feel,” my response was always “I am OK, life is good.” In all honesty, I did not feel anything; I was not happy, sad, nervous. I was in a constant state of indifference. I would say to my Fiance, and co-workers “there’s gotta be more to life,” a few times a week. The cycle of working, squeezing errands into the few hours after the workday or on the weekend, is tiring. And it takes some time to get used to.

I have noticed (among my peers) that young professionals are slowly opening up about the struggles we face after graduating. Life comes at you fast—bills, networking, finances, guilt, trying to “take control” of your life (whatever that means to you).

A year later, I am getting the hang of things. I am the first to admit that I do not want to work in corporate America forever. But I am here and I am forever grateful for my situation.

I have been reflecting on a lot, so I had to share. Hope this helps someone else understand that you are not alone. We are all struggling, and that is OK.

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