Originally posted on Converge.

“After College” is about navigating transitions, relationships and faith. Written by Erica Young Reitz, director at “Senior EXIT, a one-year experience that prepares graduating college seniors for the transition into the next phase of life.”

“I often refer to my first year out of college as ‘the year from hell,’” says Curt. His two-year commitment to Teach for America brought him to a failing school in Baltimore, where he knew no one. He left his family and friends behind to start what became an impossible job; it took everything in him to try to control his chaotic classroom of fifth graders, and many days he did not succeed. Beyond the daily struggle to get up and teach another day, Curt faced adversity on a number of other fronts: he struggled to find friends, the woman he’d been “pseudo-seeing” broke off communication, his grandfather passed away and his dad was diagnosed with throat cancer. This was not what Curt pictured for his first year out of college.

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