Welcome to Diary of a Southern Millennial!
First off, thank you for reading this. I created this blog with the idea that, as a struggling millennial who has no idea what is happening half the time, we can all try and figure it out together.
In addition to sharing hopefully entertaining stories about my life and struggles, I want to share any advice, recipes, reviews, organization tips, etc. Really anything to make our lives easier and more entertaining. So we’ll see as time goes on what works and what doesn’t.
So let’s begin!
I want to start off giving you a general background about myself, and what I’ve been up to up until recently.
I was born and raised in southern Louisiana. I met my fiancé my sophomore year of high school, and we’ve been together ever since. After I graduated high school, I attended Louisiana State University, majoring in biology in the hopes of one day entering the world of medicine. Just look at my excitement!
That definitely did not happen. Despite my mother’s warning (listen to your mom’s advice guys), I enrolled in 18 hours worth of courses, including a 5-hour calculus course. Now, looking back on it, I could’ve done a thousand thing differently. I could have waited to do calculus, I could’ve studied harder, etc….hindsight sure stinks. Either way, I bombed the heck out of calculus, murdering my GPA forever. Though I tried to fix my mistakes, my GPA never got better and attending medical school soon became a long lost dream.
Which brings me to my next point. After realizing my dream of becoming a doctor was never going to happen, I became a bit upset. And upset is putting it mildly. I quickly set up a meeting with my advisor, and ended up sobbing in her office about how my life is basically over, I have no idea what I want to do with my life, etc. She suggested taking random electives to see what clicked. I took her advice, and ended up enrolling in a forensic anthropology course for the next semester. Long story short, I fell in love with forensic anthropology. Now, if you don’t know, forensic anthropology is the focus of TV show Bones, which while not very realistic, it gets the point across as to what exactly it is. Unlike the show, we don’t walk around in designer dresses under our lab coats, a point my professor made on my first day of class. We actually look something like this half the time.
Not very glamorous right? I didn’t think so. Unfortunately, in order to actually work as a forensic anthropologist, I was looking at getting at least a master’s degree. My last semesters at LSU were coming up, and I started to get serious about attending graduate school. I knew that if I didn’t rush into it straight after graduating, I was probably never going to go at all, so I took the plunge! After taking my GRE and researching and applying to schools, I found out I had been accepted into two schools – The University of Montana in Missoula, MT and the University of Dundee in Scotland.
Side Note: If you (or someone you know) is thinking about applying to graduate school in the future, check out my post about how to navigate the application process here!
After comparing both schools and visiting University of Montana, I decided on attending the University of Dundee. While Missoula was amazing and everyone there was very friendly, it would have cost me almost double what I paid at UoD. And like most other programs in the US, I would be in school for another two years, while it would only take me a year abroad. Montana was pretty cool though, I have to say. Look at how beautiful this place is?
My fiancé and I thought it would be best if he moved after the first year anyway – meaning that we would be long-distancing it while I was at school abroad. Soon after my graduation from LSU, my fiancé and I left to go backpacking for two weeks around Europe on our graduation trip. We both saved for over a year to be able to afford it, and when we found out I had been accepted to UoD, we made arrangements to visit Dundee while we were there to look at apartments (flats). In addition to visiting Dundee, we stayed in Dublin, Inverness, Paris, Amsterdam, and London. It was on this backpacking trip that he proposed, which made it that more amazing and memorable!
Another side note: You can read all about our trip here!
After getting back, it was time to prepare to move. One lengthy visa application, a roommate search, and several packing sessions later I was ready to go with nothing but 2 suitcases and a carry-on. While I was there, I certainly learned a lot, both academically and in general. Scotland is absolutely beautiful, though it did rain quite a bit. I made some of my closest friends while I was there, some from the US, others from around the world. I can honestly say that attending school abroad was one of the greatest things I could have done. Now that’s not to say I would have done it all again – I’m honestly not sure if I would’ve chosen to go immediately after graduating LSU. Everything considered, I almost wish I would’ve taken a gap year to save up some money, but I’m still glad I got it done. Either way, I am now a proud owner of a master’s degree and have a master’s thesis under my belt.
And that about wraps it up. My next post will be what I’m doing now, so stay posted! I can’t wait to tell you all about my house flipping adventures!
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