Exactly a year ago, I made a post with this same title (minus the “Again”). I have learned a lot since that post. For starters, I have learned to be careful with local database backups when reinstalling my OS (this is why the first 20ish posts that were on this site no longer exist). Lesson learned.
Since that post from one year ago, I have moved from my position as Web Specialist Intern for the UTSA Honors College to Web Specialist for Startech Foundation. I have presented at two national conferences, one in Indianapolis and one in Boston. But more importantly, I have learned to take myself less seriously. I’ve learned to have fun, roll with the punches, and never be afraid to fail. And boy, have I failed!
Looking past the failure to properly back up my database, which I mentioned above, I’ve failed in numerous other things. I have loved and lost (multiple times). I have thought that I could do it all, and eventually had to concede that I needed help. I have also written enough typos to fill several volumes (thank God for browser inline spell checking). There is no doubt that I have failed plenty in this past year.
As I look forward, I have so many exciting new experiences ahead. I plan to graduate in May, after which I’ll be looking for full-time employment for the first time. Ever. I’ll also be applying to MBA programs around the country. As the end of my undergraduate career approaches, for the first time I feel like I am making decisions that will determine the rest of my life. It’s definitely a scary thought.
As I greet 2013, I have no desire to make no mistakes; that would just mean that I have not challenged myself enough. As Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus says, “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” (Yes, I just quoted a kid’s show. Live with it.)
What I do hope to do is always look at life through an open mind, consider every opportunity that comes before me, and, most importantly, have fun! I only get this one life so why waste it being so damn serious all the time?