Two years ago I visited my friends Jenn and Ron in Seattle for a week before I started graduate school. I fell in love with the city and the Pacific Northwest. Upon starting school I decided that I would move to Seattle when I finished school.
Two years later, I will be moving to Tacoma, WA.
I accepted a job at the University of Washington Tacoma yesterday and will start in early September. My job search process has been a test of patience and faith from day one. I have grown and understood God's plan in a more serious way that I ever expected! Throughout the process I had plenty of exciting job opportunities come and go. I even turned down two very good opportunities that simply were shown to me as positions that were not good fits for me. It was difficult to watch my cohort of graduates move on to their new positions and to hear many professionals question my decision to turn down jobs, but in the end my faith in God's plan has resulted in the opportunity that excited me more than any other! I've debated several different locations, only to land in my number one choice in the end. While it's not exactly Seattle, it's very close, a more manageable size, and a more affordable location that will be a much better fit for my first city after Pittsburgh.
Without getting into much detail, I am very excited for the entire opportunity. The position, Student Services Specialist with a focus on Career Development and Education, is an exciting and versatile position that will give me plenty of opportunity to develop career services at UWT as well as develop me as a young professional. My colleagues are a young and exciting group that I feel like I'll look forward to working with every day!
Much more will come as I blog about my last month in Pittsburgh, my week-or-so-long roadtrip across the country, and the next chapter in Tacoma, so I look forward to sharing this journey with you! Thanks for your prayers and support.