One Year Later…

img_1387A year ago today I closed an amazing chapter of my life and opened a new one to adulthood and the “real world”! This year has brought loads of changes, life lessons, and adventures. Following graduation, I moved back home to my parents’ house which is a huge adjustment in itself. I also had to give up dance and became distant from my sorority; both things that I ate, slept, and breathed throughout my college career. I accepted my first corporate desk job which has been a whirlwind, and has taken a toll on my body — when they say your metabolism decreases after a certain age, they aren’t kidding.

Long story short, adjusting to post-grad life can be difficult. So, in true Kourtney form, here is some advice for those graduating this year and moving on to bigger, better things:

1. People will walk out of your life after graduation. Sometimes it’s because you live too far away, or minimal effort put in by both parties. If you thought having a social life in college was hard, just wait until you move away from all of your college friends and you all have 9-5 jobs. This was one of the HARDEST lessons that I learned this year after being around my close friends nearly 24/7. Just know that your closest friends will still make an effort to be in your life.

2. Don’t be afraid to take risks in the job market. I won’t sugarcoat it — finding a job post-grad is difficult. Luckily, I found my current job just a couple months after graduation, but I never in a million years thought I would end up where I currently am.

3. Take the time to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. It’s easy to forget to take care of your body once you’re no longer walking miles across campus and don’t have a free gym right at your fingertips (well, at least we did at OU). As aforementioned, I didn’t realize just how much having a desk job would take a toll on my body. Between regular desk snacking, and sitting all day, I discovered the importance of getting in some sort of workout on a daily basis and eat healthy. Also, mental health days are definitely necessary; make sure you relax outside of work, and try not to let it run your life.

4. Do not stress about student loans. This is one thing that I cannot stress enough! The same day I graduated, I had a total mental breakdown about not having a job right out of college and seeing the amount of zeros following how much I owed back in loan payments. Something that I’ve learned since is that coming out of college with debt is absolutely normal. Educate yourself on the various options you have to pay back your loans and choose the one that works best for your situation.

5. Don’t forget to have fun. Yes, being a “full-on” adult sucks. Remember that although you may be working your ass off in the office, you NEED to take time to enjoy time with your friends and loved ones. Eat cake, drink champagne, and celebrate your hard work; life is too short to be miserable!

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2017!

-K.

An Open Letter To My Little Diamonds

An Open Letter To My Little Diamonds

My Dear Little Diamonds 1 & 2,

I’ve had this post planned for a quite some time, yet every time I sat down to write it, I wasn’t really sure where to begin. I guess I’ll start with this: from the moment I met you both, I knew there was something extraordinary about you; you were, and still are, determined, beautiful, confident, intelligent young women with the potential to do whatever it is that you set your minds to. Obviously, I like those qualities in the people I surround myself with. I have wanted you both as my little diamonds since the moment I met you, and you are both so incredibly special to me.

As your Big Diamond, it is my job to be your mentor, someone you can go to whenever you need advice, a hug or food (because, let’s face it, food is always the solution). I promise to always be honest and open with you, and to always have an emergency chocolate & chick flick stash for when you have a bad day. I promise to be not only your sister, but best friend and confidant.

My dear, sweet Meme, within just one year I have seen you grow so much in this sorority, and I could not be more proud of you. You have stepped up to take on leadership positions that alphas wouldn’t normally touch, and I have seen your confidence grow immensely. I hope that you continue to grow and lead so fearlessly in our chapter, and teach our alphas to do the same; they have a wonderful mentor to get them through their initial member period.

Little Diamond #2, you may not know who I am yet, nor will you until tomorrow, but Megan and I are so elated to welcome you into our little family. I see so much potential and drive in you that I cannot wait to see displayed in the chapter. Even knowing that I am a senior, you chose me as your Big Diamond and I couldn’t be more honored to spend the last year of my college career with you. I am so excited to reveal myself to you tomorrow!

Although I only have this last year in the chapter, know that I am ALWAYS here for you both no matter the circumstances. I love you both so much and I cannot wait to see all that you accomplish in the chapter and the future.

-K