04.06.11 – Transitioning

I remember a little over a year ago when my friends and I started thinking about getting full time jobs. College was ending and for a variety of reasons, the full time job seemed like the next logical move. Included in this group of people was yours truly. Where did I apply to? Bicycle companies, of course! I sent emails AND hard copies of my resume and bicycle-specific portfolio to several people…per company! If I may say so myself, my portfolio/resume combo kicked butt! It had research, good GPA scores, bike and trike design/build, mountain bike suspension analysis and 3D computer modeling/analysis. But I digress. Long story short, I didn’t get any offers. Oh and I even made a short bike check/bio video of myself specifically for Specialized Bikes (it’s somewhere on Youtube).

Anyway, I decided not to think about job hunting until I was closer to the end of my Masters research. What that meant was that I was willing to go on with my life for the next 3 or 4 months not knowing what I’d be doing afterward. For the first time I didn’t have even a year ahead planned out. I felt like I was in a state of transition. Yes, the immediate future was planned, but I was slowly preparing for something else. What that was, I didn’t know. How did it feel?


Never before had I felt so uneasy and so excited at the same time. I also found that I was focused on my research with more clarity than I had when I was concerning myself with my life after college. I’ve been very fortunate in life so far and while it hasn’t been flawless, it gave me enough confidence to let go of the reigns a little and still feel like I had control. Low and behold, nearing the end of the said 3-4 months, I networked and landed a great co-op at Impact Technologies. Remember, in those 3-4 months, I met Jesse and realized full time jobs can wait.

So now, having left Rochester (at least for a while), I sit here in my bedroom in my hometown transitioning once again. Again I find myself not knowing where or what life will be several monthes from now and at this point in life, I like it. Maybe Dictionary.com can explain it better:

Life [lahyf] plural lives – noun: …the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.

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