Would I do it again?

For some reason I have been getting asked a lot recently if I would consider leaving Seattle after graduation to try to find a job elsewhere. I don’t know why this is coming up a lot right now, maybe because I am a year from my degree in Informatics, but it just makes me think about why I answer the same thing every time. I am always responding with “I want to stay in Seattle. I have traveled half way across the country once and I’d like to not do that again.”

When I came to school out here in Seattle I did not really know what to expect from things. I knew that I wanted to get away from the life that I lived back in Eden Prairie, but I had no idea what I was really getting myself into. Looking back I think that this was a good decision for myself. I don’t really think that I intended to push away my Minnesota past, but in a way I did and it has been tough. It is hard to maintain a relationship and friendships, for that matter, when you are far away like I am. But, coming out to Washington gave me a chance to “start over” (if one can even ever do this) again and meet new people that I might not have had the chance to meet back at home because of who I was.

I have been more than fortunate to meet all of the people that I have since I got to school here. Starting from the figlets freshman year to the iSchool crew of present, it has been something that I did not see coming. I will admit that some of my best friends are right here at UW and that is why I don’t think that I could leave. I am attached to all of them too much to want to leave and start over, again. It’s not that I think that I would not be able to do it again, make new relationships that is, but I just don’t want to. I am happy right now with the way things are and I don’t want to see it change. I do realize that people will graduate and maybe move away, but I don’t want to be one of them. I’ll stick around as long as I can, because I want to.

2 thoughts on “Would I do it again?”

  1. Ha! If ever there was an eprop worthy entry, this would be it. Unfortunately, I have no eprops cause I’m saving them all for Jamie’s post-Lent Xanga entry.

    I’ve faced the same question recently, especially since I’m going to be graduating. And I’ve done the whole “I’m going away to college in Cali and see what happens” thing and ended up right back in Seattle. But I had the option of going somewhere else to start my career and at this point in my life, I’m not ready to leave Seattle either. A big part of that is the friends that I’ve made and while I know that I will stay friends with them anywhere we end up, I want to have another year or two to have them still be a daily (or at least weekly) presence in my life. Eventually, yes, I would want to go somewhere else and meet new people, etc, but I think Seattle is a pretty great place to start out for post-graduation. Glad you’re gonna try and stick around :P

  2. hey ryan…dude, I totally know how you feel, but I don’t have that one year and I’m trying to figure out what to do..I want to stay here coz starting over again anywhere in this world would be kinda hard…I really do like Seattle. Even though I know I’ll leave eventually for law school, I just feel like now is not the time…but finding a job here is SO HARD…sigh. I thought when I came back from Japan that I would want to leave right away…but staying here (and of course being with Stephen) made me realize that I’d really like to make Seattle my home rather than a station I’d stop at…anyway….enjoy the great weather…and thanks for the props…

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