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A girl with inner hope and overwhelming passion for life. Love for literature as an engineer.

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Post Graduation  

2013-12-11 06:29:39|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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My master graduation will be official in the next few days. It is getting close to the end of an unusual year and now I have time to look back.

A successful finish of my master thesis started a whole new period for me. Refusing to continue PhD study, I was literally 'fired' by my boss with the salary being stopped the day of my defense. Exactly what I want. I totally understand what he hopes for students and more importantly, I am never so clear of where I want to go, definitely not school yard. At the same time, I am very grateful for having a good advisor who introduces golden opportunities to students and teaches us more than research. Clearly, I am no where only by myself without working with him. This is my first station in USA, where I learned to win opportunities by working hard to improve myself, a mindset I am taking with myself many years to come. Also a special thanks to my roommate who keeps my company and takes care of me during those days when I was struggling for my seemingly impossible thesis.

Right after defense, I flew to Baltimore the next day for an on-site interview. That's a small company with a high salary pay, also a place which fails to inspire me. The presentation of their great technologies just bored me. However, it is still a precious interview opportunity. And later proved to be a good try as I received the first offer letter on our way to the great smoky mountains. It is a powerful approval of my ability to support myself with what I've learned in the past, a reflection of my personal value. I won't be so excited if I haven't gone through the process of devoting lots of time in searching for the right position and composing convincing application materials and hearing of lucky and unfortunate job-hunting stories from different people. Finally, I have my own story.

The night at the Smoky Mountains, I bought my ticket back to China, taking another risk of going back before applying for OPT. Never wait for any right opportunities, recognize it, calculate the risk and grab it if you want. No one will create a perfect opportunity for me to visit my very sick grandpa, my single mother, and everything else in my home country on the other side of the planet. And that's when I plan for myself. Fortunately, I smoothly got my visa renewed, visited my grandpa for a few days, traveled with mum to Xia'men, a city I always wanted to go and updated my impression with China. I don't want to be apart from my hometown for so long that the image of which became blurred.

Time in China passed by really quick. I've met with my old friends and experienced different lives. Most of my middle school friends settled down at my hometown working as government employees. Work is not super busy and they are all busy with marriage preparation or things after that. Other friends who I met after middle school, were closely involved in job interviews like I did. Most of them are moving to big cities for work and have blurry clues of future life, exactly like myself. My grandpa is very sick and therefore has to stay in bed all day, taken care of by grandma. They still quarrel about things occasionally but most of the time it is just grandpa speaking as his wife is more concerned of his health than what he said making her unhappy. Mum still blames or more accurately, worries about my choice of future life partner. She is always caring and good hearted, in a tough way, which makes me cannot help feeling bad for myself. I hope one of them can understand me. However, it seems impossible as both my mum and bmp have their own point of view and neither of them understand one another.

Back to US after 20 more days in China, I said farewell to my labmates, mailed out my OPT application and found myself on the way to West Virginia. I am always dreaming of the day when we both can travel with out being separated at the destination. The start of this journey is just like that. I have one month to consume with bmp without worrying about work stuff. Now, I am loving every minute of it despite some inconvenience of living at an unfamiliar place and occasional difference of our opinions. However, most of the time is the good part. Maybe that is how life opens when you finally settle down with someone. We are not there yet, but it is good to get to experience it at this time. I learned the good and the bad. Thanksgiving reunion with college friends, trip to New York, Boston, Philadelphia took us to the new road with old people. Everybody is changing, especially if that person has a new girlfriend/boyfriend. It is amazing how people you interact with change you. This long road trip also consumes all my interest for this year's roadtrip. My European travel plan is canceled due to the fact that I want to leave it as a future hope and also to better prepare myself before that. I convinced bmp of a Christmas California trip, a very expensive one. However, this may be once in a lifetime opportunity. Money can always come in the future but time and opportunity never travels back. I learned this as I grow up. And I am not seeing too many careless days and vocation time in the years ahead. Like what my friends have chosen, getting married, having a baby and  living for your family members is the start of new life. Not necessarily a bad one, but definitely a touch one. You will no longer be a happy and careless kid. That's why I teach myself to live this moment and enjoy whenever I can do so.

Time flies. School life is already behind me. Now I only have the chance to miss that life. And a white sheet is opening in front of my eyes. This is the moment I start to write new stories.

Best wishes with your story, my friend.
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