With it being April, it's staring to set in that I'm going to graduate next month. As scary as it sounds, I'm sort of relieved! I can't believe how far I've come personally and professionally, but boy do I see the light. As cheesy and nerdy as it sounds, I have always enjoyed school. Going to class and learning something new has always been something I've enjoyed, every since I was a little one. But, After 22 months of grad school and 18 years of school in my life, I'm really excited to be done.
Especially working a full time job and even more than 40 hours, it's been somewhat difficult to balance school. At my previous jobs, I could squeeze an assignment in here or there, but working in baseball doesn't allow me to do that. Between video board graphics, press releases, interviews or creating game notes, I'm crunched on time. And then, I have my own game to work until about 10pm three to five days a week. I said it in my previous blogs and I'll say it again, taking online classes while working as the main media relations contact for a baseball team is really difficult. But in all honesty, I wouldn't change it for the world.
After spring training ended on April 2, I had a four day weekend before gearing up for the Florida State League (Advanced-A minor league). Since I haven't had time to do anything but watch baseball (not that I'm complaining), I convinced my coworker to go on a trip to watch more baseball! We debated on watching the end of spring training in Arizona, or go to Chicago for Opening Night at Wrigley. We picked the latter of the two, given we work for the Cardinals of course!
That experience in itself was amazing, I kept pinching myself that I was actually there. It's just a cool reminder that I have a job in sports. In moments like these, I definitely realize how lucky I am.
Taking my weekend off from working baseball to go watch baseball may seem crazy, but it's a trip that makes you realize just how cool your job is (or being in sport in general). I may have not been working Opening Night at Wrigley, but seeing it as a spectator is just as amazing. Even though I was thinking about work and what they could have done better during each half inning break.
With graduation coming up, I can't help but reflect on how much this program has helped me be where I want to be. This program has definitely set me up for success and I'm excited to see where my future is going.
Until next time... My last blog post!