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A Year Of Changes: Reflecting on One Year Working at STLF

By: Thelmy Maldonado

As my first full year of being on staff comes up, I’ve been thinking a lot about my first year and how 2017 was a year of transition for me.

I was extremely thrilled to begin my new position at STLF in February that it didn’t really cross my mind the change and transition that was to come along with the exciting news. I was living in North Carolina at the time, so I was ready to move back to the Midwest and start this new chapter of my life.

Moving back to Minneapolis was definitely a transition. I had been away from the cold for a while that Minnesota gladly greeted me with a nice, cold, icy breeze to the face. I was home. Living with my grandparents was an adjustment because although I love my family, it had been years that I had not lived at home. I wasn’t living on my own anymore and came home to home-made tortillas for dinner rather than a sandwich (thanks, grandma!). Soon after I saved enough pennies to move out, one of my best friends and I rented an apartment together.

Living on my own (with a roommate) was another big step in my life. It wasn’t student housing, my parents’ house, or my grandparents’ house, it was my home and I was the one signing the rent checks. I paid bills, cleaned, made sure things were fixed if broken; I was taking care of my house the way my mom took care of hers, the way someone living in their own home does.

For a while, things were going peachy. Then in the summer, I was in a small accident and had to buy a new car. I had my beautiful 2003 white Ford Focus for four years and had a tough time parting with it, but it had to be done. After a month of searching, I finally found the perfect car that would accompany me on my adventures.

Starting a new job in a (kind of) new city is exciting, yet a little nerve-wracking. I’m not a fan of change, but I was a fan of 2017 and the transition it brought. Was this what “adulting” was, the thing everyone said would happen after graduation and getting a job? This was new, but I was diggin’ it. The new things I experienced helped me be more proactive in searching for new opportunities and trying new things, which is one of my goals for this new year. It was the year I needed to remind myself that change is good and adjusting to new things takes time. I’m grateful for my year of transition and gave myself a pat on the back because I proved to myself that I could do anything I set my mind to, especially if it was new and scary. I’m ready for 2018 and the fun, challenging things ahead!

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