• Etinosa J Ogbevoen


I cannot believe that August is already here and it's flying by. I mean today is the 3rd already. CRAZY. I know I haven't given you much of an update about how the move to KC is going so here it is.

July was a full month of just training from 8am- to 8pm. We had speakers, and workshops, and presentations, and late night dinners, and documentaries and more speakers. I'm not going to lie everyday was a a struggle to get up, get ready and be alert enough to really take in all the information that was being thrown our way. I can say I know the whole college process from looking for schools, to prepping kids for the ACT, to filing a FAFSA. We had some great speakers that gave us some insight on the education system and what's really happening and how important it is for us to be in the schools and help the students go to college or another post secondary option after graduation. The best part of this job is that you know you are going to be making a difference in a child's life which ultimately effects their future.

Training was a lot to handle to say the least but stepping into the adult role hit me like a train. I mean I started packing up my college apartment, moving stuff up to my uncle's house in KC and started the man hunt for a apartment that I could actually afford without being completely broke.

I don't know about you but I learned the hard way about searching for an apartment that fits in my price range. I'm the type of person who likes to be prepared. I like to ease into things, so I did my research on affordable apartments and areas where I could live. I limited my rent to about $500 a month and max $600 with utilities. Boy was I wrong! I mean things in the real world are not as cheap as things in college or as nice. I had to quickly bump my rent limit to $600 if I wanted to stay in a semi safe area with a younger population. To this day I still don't actually have an apartment because I was convinced that I would just live with my uncle the whole time I'm working in this position.

After talking to people who have been in my shoes I realized that sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith and just start adulting hard core. Everyone has to pay their dues before they can live the life they imagined for themselves. I'm definitely learning that right now and I seriously think I'm going to be broke my entire life. Luckily I know this is just a phase in my life and I know that I'll be better for in the long run.

Right now I'm in St. Louis for my last few days at home before I make that permanent move to KC. Wish me luck and keep up with my journey in KC!