This is the time of year where I’m usually looking forward to relaxing all summer while working part-time. A time to wind down and rest my brain and body. But this time, it’s sorta different. I’m graduating from college. I’ll have a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Production & Programming from Point Park University. I’m pretty damn proud of myself, but that doesn’t mean I’m gunna “walk for graduation.”
That’s a weird term. “Walk for graduation.” To me, I’d get the same fulfillment reaching outside in my mailbox and grabbing my degree as I would walking across a Consol Energy Center stage and receiving it from someone I most likely won’t even know. I’ll still be receiving my degree whether I “walk” or not, so what’s the difference?
I understand some people get fulfillment out of being on that stage in front of all those people and being handed their degree. I guess I’m just different. Well, not I guess. I AM different. Very different. Although I can’t really say that. There are quite a few people in my family who have graduated from college, and according to my mother, none of them walked either.
I’m not trying to conform to the rest of my family, but it’s just a personal choice of mine. Plus, I work that day.
Not that I couldn’t call off or switch with someone to attend the graduation ceremony, but I’d just rather get it in the mail. I’ll make sure to take a picture of my degree and post it on Twitter, Facebook, and this site so you all can admire the accomplishment. Not to brag but to…display. I can’t sit here and say that I can’t wait to graduate, though, because the truth is that I can wait.
College graduation means the beginning of the rest of my life. Sure, I have a part-time job now, but it has nothing to do with my field and I’d like a lot more money doing something I love. Not that I don’t like my current job, because that’s far from the truth. But I’ve worked so hard to get to this point that I may as well put the degree to use. I’ve been doing broadcasting work since I was around 15, so it’s pretty much all I know.
I’d like to get out of Shittsburgh and go somewhere with nicer weather and (in my opinion) nicer people. I desperately need a change of scenery. Somewhere warm. Somewhere with a good amount of opportunities. I’m thinking Florida, Texas, North Carolina. Somewhere along those lines. I’m sick and tired of Shittsburgh. I think this town has a lot to do with my depression and anxiety. (Send your hate mail to firstname.lastname@example.org)
I was born and raised in Shittsburgh, and will always have a special place in my heart for it, but I think it’s time to move on. The weather is disgusting, the people are miserable, and the leisure activities are limited. I consistently find myself at a strip club or bar for entertainment. That’s not good. I wanna be able to go take a walk or a jog on the beach while watching folks surf the waves. You can’t do that in Shittsburgh.
I’ve visited quite a few other towns/cities and I have to say they just have a different feel. A whole different vibe. A more positive vibe. I really love that. Maybe it’s because of the weather. Who knows? I have no idea how Shittsburgh, Pennsylvania (yeah I’m gunna keep calling it that) was EVER rated most livable city a few years back (http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/news-brief/its-official-pittsburgh-most-liveable-city-us). For me, in order to be livable, amongst a whole host of other things, you need a friendly environment. This place just doesn’t have that.
But I guess that’s all subjective.
BoringPittsburgh.com (hilarious name) has a different view on the city. They claim it’s the 3rd rudest in the entire world and cite FourSquare as the source! (http://boringpittsburgh.com/news/foursquare-pittsburgh-is-3rd-rudest-city-in-the-world/) Gotta love it. Like I said, it’s all subjective, but I have my opinion and I’m sticking to it. The people here are just miserable, hostile, self-entitled bores.
I can’t wait to get outta here.
The only thing I like about this town anymore is the sports teams. Gotta love the Penguins, Steelers, Panthers, and yes, even the Power (AFL football team). I guess the Pirates too, even though they last had a winning season when my sister was a newborn. She’s going to be a junior in college soon. I’ll always support the Buccos, but it’s gunna be awhile before they have my respect again. Hopefully they’ll start winning consistently very soon ‘cuz it breaks my heart to see signs like this:
The bottom line is that I’m excited to graduate, but I can wait. What comes after graduation seems daunting to me at this point. My resume is freshly completed, so once I graduate, I’ll slowly but surely start sending it out to various radio/TV stations and/or newspaper outlets that are hiring. Hopefully a lot of those places will be out of town. It’d be a good idea if I learned how to cook and do laundry first before I consider moving.
Anyone wanna help?