College lite

Before I moved here, I came to visit in October for two weeks. One night while I was watching TV on the couch, I had a moment of panic. Did I really want to move here full time? Would I be lonely and isolated during the offseason? Would I miss my friends and family so much that I would spend too much time being homesick? The moment passed as quickly as it came, and I brushed it off as an unrelated, side effect of worrying about my impending wisdom tooth surgery

And as I biked to dinner a few nights ago to meet friends, I realized that in the few months I’ve been living here, that I have never once felt isolated or lonely. Don’t get me wrong, I miss my family, friends, and cats a ton, but I haven’t felt that homesick or panic again.

 

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Solo adventure outside of Cape May.

 

When you don’t go away to college and live at home, you miss out on an experience that is “supposedly” life-changing, according to some people. And sure, not having parents to supervise your every move and hover over you at all times might be nice, but I never had a problem with that.

But now I feel like I’m doing “college lite” without the actual schooling. I’m working full time as a front desk clerk at a motel and spending my off time reading, writing, binging on Netflix/TV and going to the beach. I have friends here, albeit not exactly in my age range (which is a fact, not an insult, because it doesn’t make a difference).

Is this where I saw myself after graduation? Yes, definitely. I was prepared from my summers here, what it would be like to be alone in a big house. And I like it and it has worked for me. Of course, just as I get used to it, I am moving out in the next few weeks – into a house with two really nice roommates. A must do, in order to stay through the rental season of summer and continue to live and work here.

 

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Backyard of the new place.

 

I’ve never claimed to be a typical millennial. I have often done things an unorthodox way.  And I’m about to make an even bigger change in my life than moving to New Jersey, bigger than starting a healthier lifestyle and bigger than leaving pretty much the life I’m used to living behind. I’m moving into a house with roommates, on 1.5 acres of land that is also home to two chickens, two goats, and a dog.

So needless to say, I have quite an interesting summer ahead of me and there will be a lot to write about.

I’m excited!

 

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Mom and her new goat friend aka my new roommate.

 

Author:

Rachel Shubin lives in Cape May, New Jersey. She works full-time as the content marketing coordinator for the Cape May County Herald Newspaper. She also writes a freelance book review column for Cape May Magazine. Rachel’s previous work experience includes a year and a half of freelancing for the Cape May Star and Wave Newspaper. Her beat was municipal meetings, human interest and a multiple article series featuring millennials. She also has two years at the front desk of the Victorian Motel under her belt. Rachel graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a B.S. in communications and a concentration in journalism. Rachel currently writes Sandpiper Cat Blog. She is an associate member of the Cat Writers’ Association. Rachel wrote for IV Estate, George Mason University’s student newspaper. Rachel was a contributing editor to Tote Magazine. Rachel has worked with Cape May Magazine, since 2013. Rachel was a marketing associate for The Admiral’s Daughter by Beth Jannery. Rachel previously for the W.T. Woodson Cavalcade (4 years), CWA Meow Newsletter, Cape May Star & Wave Newspaper, The Fairfax Patch, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation newsletter and The Pennant Magazine. Rachel currently volunteers with Animal Outreach of Cape May County and has previously worked with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. Rachel can be contacted at capemayrachel@gmail.com.

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