3 months, huh? It’s been a while RT site. Sometimes life just kind of hits you in the face and you find yourself falling off all kinds of (metaphorical) horses. Well, I find myself with some free time this week and I wanted to update the family here on what’s been going on. Brace yourselves; this may be a bit of a long one.
I hit my one year with my current company back in March, which meant that I was finally eligible to post out into other positions within the company. For a variety of reasons, I had become increasingly unsatisfied in my position at the time, and going to work became a chore that I dreaded each morning. Despite doing very well at my job and having a great reputation there, the unhappiness in my position was coming through, and I was definitely emitting bad vibes for the team and others I was working with. I’m not one that likes to be overly negative, especially at work where the atmosphere is so important, so I knew that I needed to get into something I’d like going to each day. After a few months of searching, applying, and interviewing both internally and externally, I accepted a position in my company’s Wilmington, DE office working as an Account Resolution Specialist. Basically, I work on a team known as the Client Quality Initiative, which is a group of 7 people with expertise in a variety of areas that works to improve the Client-Bank relationship by proactively tackling issues, connecting clients to new services and technologies to improve their experience with the bank, and solving any and all issues they may have. Some days, it’s quiet and I get to spend a lot of time on research and my own things, and others we have fires to put out. There’s no real consistency to the days, which keeps me on my toes and interested, which is great, but there’s also some hard days too. Overall though I am much happier in this role and look forward to growing and learning more. (The one HUGE thing that blows is the commute, which due to moving is killer. More on that to come)
Spring of 2016 was my last semester at community college, and starting back in May, I am officially a Penn State student again. I started at PSU in 2011 after graduating high school, but due to a series of financial and family issues, had to leave in 2012. After working full time and taking a year off of school, I went back to community college, figured out what I want to do with myself, and now am in my last 2(ish) semesters until I have my Bachelors in Accounting. It’s been an interesting journey, and I forgot how difficult 100 level classes can be with difficult teachers, but I’m glad to really be seeing the end of the tunnel in sight. The only major challenge that I have to figure out is an internship. Currently, I work full time and go to school full time online through Penn State’s World Campus. This doesn’t leave a lot of time for much else, but my degree requires at least 150 hours of an internship in order to graduate. Trying to feel out what my options are, but it is kind of looking at this point in time that I may have to take a leave of absence, or even quit my job in order to find an internship and meet the requirements to graduate. Depending on where the internship would be, this may not be the worst decision, as there are some firms I would love to intern for and then ultimately work at; however being a distance education student doesn’t offer me the best opportunities to connect to recruiting events that are held on campus during the week when I’d normally be working. No stranger to hurdles, I know I’ll figure this out too eventually.
RTX was, as always, an amazing experience. With everything else that was going on in my life concerning the new job, school, the internship drama, I’ll be the first to admit that I was not really excited for the trip. To me, and a lot of those that I go to RTX to see each year, RTX isn’t really about the event for us, but rather it’s about our family and the friends that we get to both reconnect with, and discover anew. I continue to be lucky enough to be chosen not only as a guardian, but as a PA (#MediaTeamForever), and this community has always welcomed me with open arms. I had the absolute delight of working with @TylerC who is nothing but a true gentleman and easy going guy that made the weekend so much fun. From the first emails we sent back and forth, I knew that we were gonna have a good time. RTX has changed a lot over the 4 years that I’ve been going, and while the panels and show floor aren’t what bring me back, it’s amazing to see what can happen within the halls of the ACC over just a short weekend. Very proud of my PA family, our two kickass leads, and every guardian that works tirelessly to make the event the success it is. Until next year?
Life and Everything Else...
And here we talk about basically everything else that’s been happening. The past few months have been quite a roller coaster of emotions for me, and I’m not quite sure I’m on the other side just yet. I’ve learned in the past year or two that I really don’t have the greatest relationship with my parents, and just how unhealthy our interactions are with one another. My father sold his house back in June, where I was living by myself after moving out of my mom’s last year. I had a few options to consider in terms of housing, but in the end, I decided to accept the longer commute and move in with him and his girlfriend in order to try and save money during my last year of school so that when I was ready to graduate and get out on my own, I’d have a little nest egg built up. My dad and I have always butt heads, and we are very different people, but something was different this time. Essentially nonstop since I’ve moved in, he’s been on my case and critical of every action that I do: if I make my bed or not, how often I’m cleaning the room, if I say hello to everyone before going upstairs to change after work. It’s all very draining to have everything you do challenged for being wrong regardless of what you do. And then there’s the “discussions” in which he tries to teach me lessons about being a man and being an adult by preaching his views at me for an hour, and then getting upset when I don’t want to talk with him, calling me irresponsible, immature, telling me I’ll never make it because I can’t handle money or responsibility. As much as you can tell yourself that it’s not true, the negativity sinks in. Trying really hard to keep moving forward towards everything that I’ve worked so hard for: graduating school, getting a good job, finding my own place, but it also sucks to think that I’m constantly being torn down and demotivated by those who are supposed to help me the most.
So there is it…three months of what I’ve been up to in 1200 words. Sprinkle in lots of red bull, late night study sessions, and a few Overwatch matches, and basically you’ve got an exact picture of what I do day by day. What’s everyone been dealing with since I’ve been gone? Let’s catch up fam!