A (Not so Little) Life Update

As you can tell by the title of this blog, I’ve got some exciting news to share 🙂

Six months post-grad, one global pandemic, and 25 job applications, 15+ rejection emails, 10 mystery “no’s”, 5 first-round interviews, 3 second-round interviews, and 1 third-round interview…

I am officially a full-time employee of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign!

As of June 15th, I joined the IT Shared Services team through the Grainger College of Engineering; I’m only a week in, and even with the insanely quick turnaround (I was offered the position a few days before my birthday), the newness of virtual onboarding, and learning a hands-on, practice-makes-perfect position from behind a screen, I am finding a lot of joy in the work and position in ways I didn’t and couldn’t have expected.

Additionally, with a secure job placement means myself and my two future roommates have jumped head-first into the apartment hunt! We are insanely late to the game from a semester/university schedule standpoint, but I am confident we will find our future home just as we are meant to.

These last six months of prolonged Sabbath have been wonderful for my soul and I am excited to see how God uses me in this next role and how this next role shapes my future. Even though those six months of waiting were hard (read: morale-crushing) at times, I feel like I can already see glimpses as to why I had to wait for this opportunity and how the waiting has worked for not just my good, but for the good and betterment of more people than I could even count. He is good.

As I get a handle on working a 9-5 job, my blogging consistency will likely be impacted (i.e. I am trying to consistency post on Tuesdays, but life happens and now it’s Thursday before I finally found time to sit and write) and my creativity/content in general may not be 100%. However, above all else, this is a fun, creative outlet for me and it’s not going anywhere. I’m excited to keep sharing my journey on this platform, so please stick around for more.

Until next time,

Michaela

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