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The Hard Days No One Talks About

Posted by Allyson Lambert on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 16:12 PM

One year ago, I graduated. Eight months ago, I accepted my first job and moved across the country. And one week ago, I stood alone, crying in an airport during the holidays. 

Allyson Lambert alone at the Airport

It's easy to talk about the milestones; the exciting stories that highlight our lives like headlines in a magazine. Accomplishments easily slip off our tongue in conversation. They roll off our fingertips into our news feeds. But what about the days in between? I'm talking about the average days, the boring days, and the hard days. 

Allyson Lambert's Apartment

My apartment's current state: a look into my imperfect life 

Oftentimes, when life doesn't turn out like the glossy brochures college promised us, we feel like failures. That's why I think it's important to portray a realistic view of my life and not sugar-coat the struggles I face in my chosen career-path. 

Exhibit A: The week before Christmas, my job sent me across the country to a new city alone. I thought I had everything sorted out for this business assignment, but then a simple phone call changed my living arrangements and travel agenda for the next 5 months. Hence, why I was upset in the airport. 

Plans change. Expectations are crushed. Sometimes life lets us down. 

Back in Nevada, I tried to brighten my mood. The next few days, I went to a Christmas party with friends. I tried a new dance class. As I started to feel better, I decided to run some errands and go to a yoga class. 

Allyson Lambert at Dance Class

Except I never made it to my yoga class. On the way there, my drivers door was hit into by another car. The impact left me frozen in my seat. An awful crunching sound lingered in my ears. I crawled out the passengers door as police arrived to the scene. People crowded around, and I reminded myself to remain calm. Luckily, there were no injuries. 

After the police left, I found myself cold and alone in a parking lot waiting for a tow truck.

At that moment, I had never felt more alone.  

The Site of Allyson Lambert's Car Accident

I called a friend, who came and waited with me. We sat together and drank tea as I sorted through paperwork and organized details of the accident. The next day was a daze of insurance claims and paperwork. The impact of the crash left me feeling less than stellar. A bad snow-storm began to blow in from the mountains. It looked like I was spending Christmas alone. 

Then, just as my power was about to flicker off, my friends - who live an hour away - braved the storm to bring me to their house. 

On Christmas eve, despite my circumstances, I found myself surrounded by people who care about me. 

At that moment, I had never felt more blessed.  

Allyson Lambert at Christmas

Plans change. Expectations are crushed. Sometimes life lets us down.

But if we let it, sometimes in the midst of a storm, life lifts us up as well. 

Happy Holidays. May this season bring you comfort, warmth, and many blessings. 

Topics: Allyson Lambert, alumni advice, life after college

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Jessica Kennedy

My name is Jessica Kennedy. I graduated from SVC in 2012 with a dual major in accounting and business management with a minor in international business. While at SVC I was on the swim team as well as being involved in SGA and SAAC. I am currently the Assistant Director of Business Affairs at the Naval Academy Athletic Association in Annapolis, Maryland, where I reside with my dog, Zoey. I also own my own photography company, KennedyPhotographyCo, where i display and sell my prints on Etsy. I still swim and have also taken up running and have ran over six half marathons in the last three years. 

Elizabeth Sosko

My name is Elizabeth Susko, and I am a 2015 graduate of Saint Vincent College (mathematics major with a secondary education certification). After Saint Vincent, I moved away and became a high school Math teacher in the Northern VA area. I couldnt imagine being where I am today and I hold some of that journey to being a Bearcat.  Cant wait to share my daily adult life (post-undergrad) experiences with you!

Megan DePrimio

Hello there! My name is Megan DePrimio, and I am a 2013 graduate of Saint Vincent College (communication major and English minor). I also have a master’s degree in sports management from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. After grad school, I became an athletics marketing intern at the University of Notre Dame and I now work in Development. Every day I am amazed at the path I have been on since I was a young Bearcat. Even the planner in me couldn’t have forecasted this journey! Happy to be here. 


Allyson Lambert graduated from Saint Vincent in December 2013 with a degree in finance. She currently works in the Financial Leadership Development (FLD) Program at PPG Industries in Reno, Nevada.