Dear Raleigh, I <3 you.
The days are counting down and it’s finally starting to hit me that I will no longer call Raleigh home. It’s really grown on me. On top of the whole college experience (internships, travel, conferences, networking, and learning), the community has really started to shine. Thank you for introducing me to start-ups, meet-ups, and coffee culture, Raleigh. You’ve helped me grow these past 6 wonderful years and I can confidently say that I feel more in tune with my passions. I’m driven to begin the next chapter in my life.
So what the heck is the next chapter of my life? Next Monday I leave Raleigh for Chicago to begin the on-boarding program for new developers at ThoughtWorks. A week after that, I’m off to Bangalore, India, to continue training for 5 more weeks. Upon completion, I fly to San Francisco to begin full-time!
To be honest, my mind is a mess right now. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to pack for several destinations. My top priority has been to move everything I own OUT of my apartment and to my mom’s house. Trying to mentally decide what will stay, what I’ll take, and what I’ll eventually have shipped has been tough but also somewhat liberating. I’ve already told my brother he can have my car, furniture, laptop, TV, sound-system, and several other things I don’t want to bother shipping mostly due to the uncertainty of where I’ll live after I get back.
So despite the fact that I’m still not done moving out, packing, and studying for ThoughtWorks University, I’m going to try to take in as much as I can before I leave. It’ll be hard to say goodbye to all of my friends and family but hey, there’s no excuse for me to come back and visit (nor an excuse for them to visit me!).
After all, I’m going to need my Carolina ‘cue fix eventually.
Comparing graduation photos. Got my B.S. in Computer Science in 2011 and my M.S. a couple of weeks ago.
6 years of college education, complete!
Group shot of everyone on the Benelux Cafe Cycling ride I went on last night. I’m in the front center :-P
The weather was fantastic. Got to see parts of Raleigh I haven’t seen before and met other grad students in chemical engineering and industrial/organizational psychology. If you’re in Raleigh and you like biking, definitely recommend checking this out.
(Photo courtesy of Sam Bennet)
Made an appearance in paper today with a story about the work Girl Develop It RDU has been doing lately.
From left, student Jenny Hock, 33, of Raleigh, works with volunteer teaching assistant Pam Ocampo, 23, of Raleigh and Rachael Hobbs works near by. Hobbs started the local chapter of Girl Develop It RDU.
Full Article in the News & Observer