You can’t always get what you want…


…but if you try sometimes you might find you get what you need.

What I wanted was to graduate with a job. More specifically, what I wanted was to graduate with a job, travel with friends, and then immediately start said job. I wanted something to do: a perfect post-grad plan, if you will.

Instead what I got was a summer back home in my parent’s house where, so far, I’ve pathetically attempted some job searching and consumed a lot of cheese. Blue cheese, muenster cheese, cheddar cheese. Any by now you’re thinking, “Wow, why doesn’t she spend less time on cheese and more time on jobs?” And also, “How dare she assume what I’m thinking, the presumptuous tart.”

Cheese plate with cheese, fruit and crackers

No, really, I’ve gone overboard on the cheese

Cheese aside, I’m starting to realize that maybe this summer at home is just what I need. If I’m honest with myself, I don’t know what I want to be doing quite yet, and having the freedom to search for a job I think I’ll enjoy isn’t so bad. What’s more, I got to spend two weeks in California just reading on the porch, spending time with the boyf, and exploring the city. When I came home my mom commented on how relaxed I seemed. It seems that somewhere in between the thesis and the graduating and the celebrating, I forgot to relax. Apparently, I very much needed to relax.

In the spirit of getting what I need and not what I want, I’m trying to embrace my summer as much as possible. While taking the GRE seems less-than-exciting, it does give me something to do that I might not have time for otherwise. I’m also trying to take a RISD weekend class, learn some HTML/CSS (I’m a little behind the times), and, with the help of my lovely Aunt’s Rosetta Stone, learn a little Spanish. While “la vaca es muy guapa” is a very useful sentence, I think it’s time I added to my handsome cow vocabulary. I’m also seeing if I can plan any traveling, but more to come on that.

So, raise a piece of cheese to not getting what you want, be it a job, an internship, or the political goals of the 60’s.. or.. er.. whatever the Stones were talking about.

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One thought on “You can’t always get what you want…

  1. 1. I make cheese plates too. Is this interest in fanciful cheese preparation and unemployment coincidental or correlational?
    2. Excellent abbrev of boyfriend to boyf.

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