On National College Decision Day and ahead of what would have been my graduation from Georgia Tech- a HUGE congrats go out to friends and sorority sisters walking across the stage this weekend!-, I’m taking the time to reflect on the last four years.
When I set out for Atlanta in 2015 to pursue Biomedical Engineering (aka Business Major Eventually... Just kidding- but GT folks get it), I had anticipated that it was going to be challenging and that the experience would shape me into who I was meant to be. But what I did not expect was an especially difficult semester and ensuing mental health struggle that would force me to withdraw from school.
The road to recovery that followed was not smooth-sailing either. Not to mention the additional curveballs that life threw at me. But in the end, I received an A.S. in Business Administration from the County College of Morris. Though 17-year old me would have never considered going, my experience at community college was exactly what I needed.
It gave me structure and balance when I could barely get out of bed much less juggle anything in my life. It also provided me the flexibility to pursue a freelance career when I was ready for it. While I’m in between schools this semester, I’m really grateful for all the experiences that I continue to have through client work.
And with the new school year on the horizon, I’m looking forward to what lies ahead as a Scarlet Knight. I’m excited to continue growing as a marketer, designer, student leader, and entrepreneur with NYC (and home) less than an hour away.
In the meantime, I am embracing the work-life balance that I have achieved that allows me to workout (nearly) everyday, take trips all over the country (I’ll be in Las Vegas, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina this summer), and work with businesses both locally and around the world (I’m currently interning at Evolve Fitness Studio AND working with personal clients).
For full transparency, I also babysit part-time. This is how I supplement my freelance income. It’s so easy to get caught up in the six-figure success stories online that I wanted to share this. Like with school, there is no perfect timeline when it comes to entrepreneurship. Trust in the journey and remember: plans change and you’ll be okay.
And as always, if you have any questions for me or if there's anything that I can help with, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message on Instagram!
Hello, there! You can call me Jianna. I'm a 24 year old creative blogging about entrepreneurship, travel, design (and everything else in between). Want to hang out sometime? Just buy the chai and I'll bring the memes.
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