I turned 27 last month.

When I turned 25, I made a 30 before 30 list  a list of 30 goals I want to accomplish before I turn 30 years old. Last year, I updated this list, highlighting the 4 goals I was able to complete in the first year. Now is the time to check in and see what progress I made while I was 26!

1. Finish my Master’s degree
I officially finished my Master’s degree on December 9, 2016, when I successfully defended my thesis. Here is the picture of me coming out of the room where I held my defense, just after my professors told me I had passed.

3. Find a full-time job
I had a part-time job after finishing my degree, which allowed me to take my time with the job search. It took me about 3 months to find a full-time job in Germany, and during this time, I sent a total of 24 applications, had 8 interviews, and ended up receiving 2 job offers. I then began my first post-graduation full-time job in April.

5. Visit 3 new countries
1 down, 3 to go! In March, I spent a long weekend in London, which was my very first time in the UK!

Here is the stamp in my passport to prove it:



7. Get a pedicure and/or manicure
In July, I got both a manicure and a pedicure for the first time! Just a few days before my cousin’s wedding (where I was a bridesmaid), she hosted a mani/pedi evening at a local salon. So, I drank a little wine and let a stranger do my nails!

Blurry picture from my mom’s phone

12. Get my student debt into the 4-figure range
I won’t get into specifics, but since getting a full-time job, I am making progress on this. I feel very confident that I will accomplish this goal by 30 (in fact, I think I may do much better than that – fingers crossed).

19. Vote
I am proud to say that I finally registered, and I voted in the 2016 presidential election!

23. Master the German language
This past year, I interviewed for several full-time jobs in German for German companies. I practiced a lot before the first one and always got quite nervous, but it got better with time, and the entire experience left me feeling a lot more confident in my language abilities. Heck, I even got a job offer for a German-language position!

Unfortunately, I didn’t pick the German-language position. I picked an English-language position, and I now feel like my German is getting worse every single day… I need to work on that if I ever want to feel like I have “mastered” the damn language…

Last year, I crossed off 4 goals from this list. This year, I crossed off 4 more. So, I still have 22 goals to go… Let’s hope I can pick up the pace in these next few years!