Morphing into my couch (life update May 2019)

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It’s been a while since I’ve written on this blog. Though it’s barely been 6 months since I wrote my last post here, so much has happened. I feel like there were at least 20 blog posts worth of stuff.

I just graduated Georgia Tech (Discrete Math with highest honors. BLEH). I still haven’t wrapped my head around the fact that I’ve made it out. I seemed to be living my life up to the very end without acknowledgement of this fact. No crazy parties, no final bike rides, no final dinners. The only difference was that I felt an elation for a few weeks that was crushed when I had to deal with my parents in town for a few days. Oh there was a final hike though… and that was pure bliss. I’ll write about it in the next post. And me and Kat stayed up all night watching Before Sunrise and listening to Lake Street Dive before my flight out in the early morning.

Honestly I’m really glad to be done. Except for a few months here and there, it was hell. Not in the sense that school was hard. I mean school was hard but it always felt manageable. But hell in every other important aspect: social life and mental health. That stuff never felt manageable except for a few months of it all. I still wonder what would have happened if I had gone to school somewhere else. But that’s becoming a bit of an old line of thought these days (thankfully).

Well anyways, now I’m home in Bangkok, hardcore couch-potatoing and worried that I’m becoming part of the couch (no actually, my body/posture has morphed into something really bad). I’m reading a ton, probably too much, watching netflix, and feeling a little lonely because I don’t have friends around Bangkok. I’ve got a ton of writing and photo editing to do also though and hopefully I can learn some piano this summer!

Next up is doing the John Muir Trail again (with friends this time!) and then I’m off to live in the rad-ish collective in Boulder to start my PhD. I’m thinking that finishing the JMT is gonna be the moment that I feel like I’ve finally graduated. Something about it, that I’m hiking with a bunch of Georgia Tech friends, or that because it was host to such a pivotal moment in my life (in undergrad) and that I didn’t finish hiking it, makes me feel like this is that last loose end that I need to finish before I feel like undergrad is truly finished.