goodbye college, hello post-grad

Hello everyone! I would like to re-introduce myself.

My name is Kaithleen and I am a recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego.

To be honest, this is all so surreal.

If you didn’t know, the past three months were spent attending my last quarter at UC San Diego. Since January, I’ve been experiencing such a whirlwind of emotions. Coming into the new year, I made it a goal to finish my last quarter strong. I came in with a “let’s kick butt” attitude, ready to take on the Winter. Oh boy, it was tough. Senioritis hit me so hard after one week of being in school. It suddenly felt so much more difficult than it already is. At the same time, I constantly looked at the end of the tunnel and realized that graduation really isn’t so far. It’s honestly so bittersweet.

Once upon a time, I had an idea to start my very own official blog. I’ve always enjoyed journaling and have kept some sort of diary ever since elementary school. I spent my teenage years in the Tumblr age where reblogging #JustGirlThings and getting featured on #fuckyeahfilipinocuties was such a big thing. So this blogging thing wasn’t too much of a new concept to me. However, it’s always been a struggle for me to put my work out there. Nonetheless, my passion for writing has always been there and I knew starting a blog would be an awesome side project to work on. Heck, in high school, I was the person who always took photos of everything and created scrapbooks to document and keep them all. I first started my blog the summer before college.

It was when it was still “Constant Wanderlust.” I hoped to use the platform as a way to reflect on my college experience. The name was inspired by my desire to keep moving and immersing myself in new things. At the time, moving down to San Diego was such a big decision and exciting adventure for me. Being a San Francisco native, coming down to Southern California felt so foreign to me. With the fear of missing home, I wanted to dedicate my blog to keeping my loved ones updated with all the cool things going on down here in San Diego.

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Circa Triton Day 2015

At the end of every quarter, I would sit down and dedicate a time to reflect on the past few months. I’d write about the great people I’ve met, the different feelings I’d conjure up, the latest opportunities I’ve had, and even the delicious food I ate.

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Circa September 2015

These reflections meant so much for me because it allowed me to not only share something about myself to those I love but made me learn something new about me. Each reflection allowed me to realize how far I have grown in the span of three months. Thinking and reading all these journal entries, I can’t help but feel so humbled. I wrote this blog post three years ago. It’s ironic that the day it was originally posted three years ago, it falls on the same day I finish college three years later. First year Kaithleen was confused and didn’t think she would succeed at UCSD after a rough first quarter. I remember thinking it was the end of the world because I failed a Biology class I took for General Ed. Coming into that next quarter, I was super cautious. I didn’t know what to expect. I changed my major. I got involved in this club called Kaibigang Pilipin@. I took classes that inspired me. Three years later, I graduate a quarter early and I’m in love with my career field, community, and the person I am now. 

We are constantly changing every day. Sometimes we forget that. However, looking back at our change in a big timespan, it’s exhilarating.

The Kaithleen four years ago would have never imagined the college experience she was going to have. The Kaithleen four years ago would have never thought her passions could translate into a career. The Kaithleen four years ago would have never expected the community  family she would find at such a huge university. The Kaithleen four years ago would have never dreamed of her goals she has now.

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College had its ups and downs, but I can’t imagine myself anywhere else.

Thank you San Diego for being my home this four years. You will always be home to me.

Thank you San Diego for the amazing energy, inspiring me to create and see the importance of working from the ground up. From the plethora of local businesses to the

inspiring people with dope side hustles, thank you for giving me the connections and drive to elevate myself.

Thank you San Diego for being a place for me to study, but also vacation in. Your beautiful beaches, entertaining nightlife, and of course, renowned eats have made it such a joy to be here. There’s always new sights and sounds I want to experience in San Diego. Thank you for being the perfect getaway.

Lastly, I would like to thank UC San Diego for not only providing me a quality education that has shaped me into the creative thinker I am today, but also the quality people it has given me. Thank you to everyone I have met in college. Whether we were group project partners or we met in a club, thank you for teaching me a lot about the world. Thank you for the different stories I have been able to hear. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your college experiences. You all have made an impact on mine. Thank you for touching my life some way, somehow. Learning from others have given me the chance to learn more about myself.

Ahhh, I honestly I have so much more to say, I just can’t find the words at the moment. I’m still processing that my undergrad is over! I’ll be using the next three months until commencement to continue to reflect.

“So what’s in store for you?” Well to answer the post-grad question, I don’t know. For the first time ever, the girl with a plan… doesn’t have one. However, I am okay with that. I am so excited for this post-grad journey and can’t wait where I end up. However, I recently accepted a full-time offer to be the Social Media Coordinator at my university’s Academic Affairs – Admissions office for the next couple of months. I can’t wait to continue creating dope content that tells the story of my amazing university. It’s been a honor getting the chance to hear unique student stories and being a part of prospective students’ college process. Four years ago, I went to Triton Day and submitted my SIR to UC San Diego. Now, I get to be a part of the magic. I am absolutely loving my job and am so glad to kick-start my career here.

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Anyways, what does that mean for this blog? Since my original re-brand in 2018, I’ve slowly been transitioning it into a lifestyle blog and content portfolio. With my new found time as I start to get in the job search for opportunities starting this summer, expect more from this site! I can’t wait to dedicate my time to exploring and creating for me. Follow me along as I learn how to adult~

Well college, I guess it’s time for me to wake up from this dream. I’m ready to make all my goals I made a reality.

Sincerely,

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