What Comes Next

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Because I only have four months left in my degree, I've been getting a lot of the "what are you going to do next year" question.  Coming from undergrad I remember dreading hearing this question because I really had no idea what I wanted to do.  I'm still not entirely sure what I want to do at this point, but I've realized that there are so many things I can do and whatever it is I choose to do doesn't necessarily have to be for the rest of my life (which is certainly what it felt like after undergrad).

For a while I strongly considered going to Spain to teach English but because the economy is so bad in Spain the program seems to be falling apart.  I also realized that I really don't want to have to go through the visa process and the apartment hunting/furnishing process again after having just done it in Dublin.

Fortunately this time around I don't feel the need to go out, get an apartment in the city, and "prove myself."  I've learned that I am capable of living on my own and feeding myself while holding up a job.  I'm sure this was never a question in anyone's mind, but I think its something most people coming out of college feel the need to accomplish.

My main issue these days, however, is the amount of money I feel like I'm wasting by renting places.  I hate the thought of spending all of that money every month for little more than a room to sleep in every night.  Of course the independence is great, but I'm now thinking a little further into the future and I realized that I'd sooner, rather than later, be able to stop paying rent and get my own place so that I could start building some equity.  No 24 year old wants to move back home after living on their own but a combination of loans and a desire to buy something in the future has led me to the conclusion that I will probably be moving home at the end of August after finishing my degree in Dublin.  This of course depends on what/where I'll be working.  I also may completely change my mind in a few months but as of now I just see saving money (and getting free meals) as the best option for me.

So once again I have a plan but as anyone regularly reading this blog will know... my plans often change.

1 comment:

  1. I agree about the rent. I went from paying rent to collecting it and that made a huge difference in my life. (I was able to relax a bit).

    Good luck with everything. Sounds like you are well grounded:)