I haven’t received my diploma yet, but I am officially done. That makes me the proud new owner of a Masters degree in Engineering Management.
More importantly, however, this makes me the extremely excited owner of infinite free time. Or so I tell myself. Realistically, I still have a full-time job and spend 2-4 hours at aerials classes every day…
BUT GUYS. I HAVE MY WEEKENDS BACK.
So that means I suddenly have time to cook all my meals, keep my apartment clean, hang out with friends, train for a marathon, AND still have time to binge watch Netflix every once in a while… right? 🙂
I really shouldn’t be complaining because I’m very fortunate that I’ve gotten to travel much, especially as a new hire, but I spend so much time on airplanes. I’m over it. And it especially doesn’t help that I’m completely on the other side of the country so it took a very long flight to get here (and THREE flights on the way home). But on the bright side, I get a four day weekend because Thursday counts as a travel day and Friday is holiday.
Plus, you know, I got to travel. And I met a whole bunch of new people (mostly managers) whom I wouldn’t have met otherwise. And I met a coworker I talk to regularly but had never seen in person. And I got to see a friend from college. And of course, I still get free food while I’m traveling. So there are certainly perks.
I just wish I didn’t have to fly. And that it weren’t so disruptive to my life (I miss my cats, and I hate having to skip aerial for several days in a row). And if I could potentially get a little more than a week and a half notice before I had to go somewhere that would be great too.
For a while, I was complaining that I was frequently bored at work and had nothing to do. And while that is, unfortunately, still often true, I do have a pretty huge deadline for a project I’ve been putting a ton of time into looming on Tuesday. Things are mostly done, and I’m not too worried, but looming deadlines on group projects mean a lot of meetings, and this project is definitely not an exception.
The good news is I really like meetings because they a) give me an opportunity to get to know other people, b) pretty much always help me learn something new, and c) are generally where I get opportunities to volunteer for work and then am less bored because I have things to do.
The bad news is the people I’ve been in these meetings with are in a variety of time zones, which means a lot of late meetings for people like me for are in EST.
There are a lot of not directly work-related things that are involved in starting a new job, and one of the biggest of those things is getting to know all your new coworkers. Earlier this week, I was out to lunch doing just that when someone asked “So what are your hobbies?”
Hobbies are a strange thing. They’re supposed to be what you enjoy doing in your free time, but it seems like “wasting time on the internet” or “hanging out with my friends” – my most frequent uses of free time – aren’t really what people are looking for when it comes to answering that question. Furthermore, having only recently graduated college, my first thought about hobbies is that I haven’t had time for them in years! But then again, who does?