The author, Emily Machesney (right), participating in Junior Achievement of Maine's Titan Challenge while a student at Portland's Cheverus High School.
The past several months have heralded a lot of changes for me. I graduated from college, moved back to Maine, and joined the working world as a part of 19 Oaks. After 7 years, five schools, three application processes, and countless tests, essays, lectures, and homework assignments, I am no longer a student.
Suddenly, I have all of this free time. I don’t have the threat of final papers looming over my head. I don’t have to obsessively plan out club meetings, or lacrosse games, or my next semester. I don’t have to search for jobs, or apartments, or loose dollar bills to pay for my groceries with--well, at least most of the time. For someone like me, who has always had a million extracurriculars, long spans of free time are downright eerie.