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The ending of Spring season at work also marked the completion of my final semester as an undergraduate student. I was planning on heading home anyway, for a break from the Keys (believe it or not, I sort of needed a change from the ocean…), to attend a funeral, and to walk in my graduation ceremony, which I did wholly for my mother. She may never again get a chance to see one of her kids accomplish something comparable and she was very excited. I was excited too, despite not wanting to do it initially. Walking into the Convocation Center under the bright lights, flashes going off, and surrounded by some of my closer friends in my major was thrilling. The ceremony itself was inevitably pretty long, but that was to be expected. It was a grand reunion with the fellow students and professors who helped me through the long, fun, challenging journey that was college.

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After that week with my family both adoptive and collegiate, my dude and I, road trip buddies as we have come to be, made the trek up to Chicago to spend time with his family, of the biological variety. We have spent so much time together, both in and out of the car in the past several months and it is a wonder to me that we have yet to really even fight. Which, needless to say, is AWESOME.

The big question that I get from everyone now, even you, reader, is” what’s next?”
Well, the short answer to that is that I have absolutely no idea.

The long answer is still up in the air. I am spending the summer at sea base, but after that…well who knows. I have been looking into several options..hiking part of the PCT, WWOOFING, or just going. Currently, the option that I have most actively been pursuing is working in Greece for a few months and experiencing the country on my own with what I have. It is all still in the infant stages of quasi-planning, but I am excited for wherever I end up. A few months of solo travel will be good for me, I think, before I have to get a” real job” and” pay off my student loans” or whatever. I am lucky that I have such a versatile degree and a very supportive base of friends, family, and of course Q who will be working on finishing his own degree.

No matter which direction I go, it will be an adventure. That is the only thing that I know for sure.
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