Wednesday, 13 July 2016

From one campus to another.

This time, it's been less than two months since I last blogged. Progress! Even though it's only been a couple of months, I feel like so much has happened.

For starters, I've been to more kiddy birthday parties this year than any other type of party. What does this say about my newfound age group? Haha! Goodbye early 20s, hello late 20s? I can't believe I'm turning 28 at the end of this year.

Of course, at kiddy parties everyone asks you if you're having kids, and I'm still giving the "pfft no" response. How can we have kids when we're still (big) kids ourselves? We haven't even allowed ourselves to get a dog yet!

And as testament to be dissipating youthfulness, for a few Friday nights I hung out with my coworkers-turned-awesome-friends... but we were always home by 9:00 pm.

Kiddy birthday parties and farewell parties are definitely the two types of parties I frequent the most. We bid goodbye to a friend who is moving out of state. In a few short months I've already had to say bye to two friends in Austin who moved to other states. :( Considering I don't have that many friends in Austin yet (having just started a new life here last year), two is a lot.

I do love my friends in Austin, largely because we always celebrate Malaysian/Southeast Asian festivities and enjoy the same types of cuisine!

And probably the most important farewell party I attended this year so far was my own. That's right, I handed in my resignation letter last month! It's been such a good run with Texas Health and Science University. I prepared a massive transition binder, trained different employees to take over different parts of my job, and bid adieu to a community of staff, faculty and students who left big footprints in my life in just under a year.

Where to, next? I'm going back to my roots and the reason I came to USA to study: to work in the communication industry. In line with that, I'm going to be a portfolio marketing professional at IBM Austin! I feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to work there. Now I'm very, very, very excited to start. Can't wait for the first day I walk on to the IBM campus and call myself an IBMer! :)