Graduation and My Next Steps After Graduation

Texas Tech Graduate | Next Plans | Audrey Madison Stowe a fashion and lifestyle blogger - Graduation and My Next Steps After GraduationToday, I graduate College. Let me just start this out that I’m currently sitting here with a pint of blue bell ice cream, bawling lol. Josh is probably in the other room like what the heck is she doing??? But, a huge part of my blog is fashion but it has also been lifestyle. I’ve opened up many parts of my life these last years with y’all and I’m definitely not going to stop. I started my blog when I CAME INTO college and now I’m leaving it. While this is extremely exciting, it’s also very bitter sweet.

Texas Tech Graduate | Next Plans | Audrey Madison Stowe a fashion and lifestyle blogger - Graduation and My Next Steps After Graduation Texas Tech Graduate | Next Plans | Audrey Madison Stowe a fashion and lifestyle blogger - Graduation and My Next Steps After Graduation Texas Tech Graduate | Next Plans | Audrey Madison Stowe a fashion and lifestyle blogger - Graduation and My Next Steps After GraduationLet me first start again by saying I’m graduating early. A lot of y’all know that but if you’re new here, I’m graduating as a junior technically. I can’t tell you how many people have said to me I’ll regret this. Or how many people say that I’ll change my mind half way through. When I came into college from high school, I set a plan for myself to do it in 3 years. I came in with 18 hours and I worked my ass off each semester taking 15 hours. I did 2 semesters of 18 hours (almost quit!!) and a summer doing 12 hours. That summer and those semesters doing 18 hours were rough on me. I was working two jobs, and grinding through school. Something you may not know about me is I change my mind a lot. I get tired of things easily and I never stick to my plans. Well, I was determined to stick to this one and prove I could do it. SO many nights I cried, wanted to drop a few classes, or quit one of my jobs.

Well 3 years went by in the blink of an eye and I really cannot even grasp that college is over. It feels like yesterday I was an 18 year old freshman girl, excited to be on my own, and at bid night meeting my best friends. It went by SO fast. While I am a lot more sad than I thought about closing this chapter, I’m still happy with my decision. I didn’t necessarily rush my college years in my opinion, but school was never something I liked. I’m a hands on, let me work my way from the bottom to the top kind of girl. Not “let me sit in the atmosphere class I’m required to take and cost my parents $500 for a class I’m not gonna go to.”Texas Tech Graduate | Next Plans | Audrey Madison Stowe a fashion and lifestyle blogger - Graduation and My Next Steps After Graduation Texas Tech Graduate | Next Plans | Audrey Madison Stowe a fashion and lifestyle blogger - Graduation and My Next Steps After Graduation Texas Tech Graduate | Next Plans | Audrey Madison Stowe a fashion and lifestyle blogger - Graduation and My Next Steps After Graduation

When I came to Tech, I loved it…. then reality of a small west Texas town hit me and then I hated it. The end of my freshman year I was so upset all the time and looked into transferring home. But, I stuck it out, went on the greatest Spring Break trip of my life, met Josh, and fell in love with Lubbock. This has been my home the last 3 years and it’s going to be my home for another year or so as well. I’m so glad I looked to God and was patient with his timing. He blessed me with more than I could imagine.

Texas Tech has been incredible. I met the best friends I had prayed for, met the man I absolutely love, joined a sorority I’ll always cherish, and came across the greatest people and opportunities. Now that I’m done being sappy haha, let me tell y’all about my next steps after graduation.

Not going to lie, I always pictured myself graduating as a single girl and running off to work in fashion and beauty PR in Los Angeles or New York City. At one point I even thought I would move to Spain right after just for fun. While my plans aren’t that exciting, they’re everything I could ask for right now at this point in my life.

I’ve decided to stay in Lubbock. Why?? Well, like I said, I graduated early so ALL of my friends are here another year. Josh is a year older than me but he is going to be taking a victory lap and will have a 5th year. (Which is TOTALLY ok.) My sister and his brother are here. I’ve established myself here and I’ve worked for an awesome company the last year. Need I say more? So, my decision to stay was instant. I would be panicking right now if I was packing up my life this weekend and moving to a city and looking for a job. I feel at ease with my plans.Texas Tech Graduate | Next Plans | Audrey Madison Stowe a fashion and lifestyle blogger - Graduation and My Next Steps After Graduation Texas Tech Graduate | Next Plans | Audrey Madison Stowe a fashion and lifestyle blogger - Graduation and My Next Steps After Graduation Texas Tech Graduate | Next Plans | Audrey Madison Stowe a fashion and lifestyle blogger - Graduation and My Next Steps After Graduation

I shared a lot on IG that Josh and I did move in together. This was a decision we both made that felt was best for us. I LOVE our place. As far as my job, I’ll be continuing on with my blog as a side income. I’ve worked part time for a local PR firm the last year and she’s offered me a full time position after graduation. I start May 30 full-time and I can’t wait.

I’m so thankful to get to be here in Lubbock a little longer. I eventually would like to leave but I definitely don’t mind another year. Thank YOU for following along all these years of college. I hope you stick around for the rest of my adult ride! XO

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