- Dark and Cold - I started my first full-time job in January. I left for work around sunrise and got off work after sunset. I didn't see the sun very much during my first few months at work. It was also ridiculously cold that winter.
- High Roommates - Both of my roommates at my first apartment smoked pot. It was annoying and I didn't know this moving in.
- Loneliness - Even with roommates, I was pretty lonely. It's hard to meet people during the winter in a new town.
- Eagerness - I was super eager to make a name for myself at work, and also eager to pay off my student loans.
- Stuck/Homesick - I didn't have a super great car, so driving in the winter was rough. It was tough making it to work, let alone travel back home. I felt very stuck in the town I was in.
All of those emotions/experiences made me a lot more grateful in life. Here are some things that looking back now, I should have done differently.
- Looked for a new car sooner. I think with the right financial budgeting, I could have bought a used AWD or 4WD vehicle sooner.
- With a car that could get around town easier, it would have been easier to go to events/organzations to meet new people.
- I should have spent more time looking for apartments/duplexes to rent. The place I eventually found to live, and loved, was rented from a local landlord. This person had 4-5 properties that they managed. Since they had personal investment in the properties, they took care of the property and their tenants. This was way better than renting from a big apartment that had little personal investment in the property or the tenants.
Life can be a little rough as you transition out of college into your first full-time job. Remember to build a support system, know that you'll get through the rough time, and take lots of pictures along the way. The pictures will be fun to look back on.