One Year Ago, I Graduated From College

One year ago, almost to the date, I finally managed to graduate from UChicago with general honors.

I did “the scenic route” through college, taking a long break after three years to work on a startup, only to come back and finish on relatively short notice.

It was worth it to go back and finish, and I’m happy I took the time off in the middle. Even though taking that time off involved a lot of struggling, and ultimately resulted in failure of the project, I maintain it was the best thing for me to do at the time. I’d do like 95% of it all over again.

In general, the last year has been good. I’ve built a platform for myself through my weekly(-ish) newsletter, and gained credibility by writing for Mattermark and now Crunchbase.

The most rewarding thing, though, has been my continued work with the Python Software Foundation. It’s an incredible organization consisting of phenomenally smart and kind people, and I have the privilege of working with some great people, including one of my oldest friends, in making Startup Row happen.

I’ve also found the thing I want to do with the next couple decades of my life, which is to find and invest in interesting startups. And anything I can do to accelerate myself toward that end will be pursued.

In general, it’s been a pretty good 365-ish days.

I’ve learned a lot in the past year, and I’m still figuring out how I want to articulate it. Stay tuned for more.

Also, as petty as it sounds, it still feels good to stick it to my high school guidance counsellor who thought applying to so-called tier-three schools was “a bit of a reach” for me.

Author: Jason D. Rowley

As I mentioned elsewhere, I wear a lot of hats. Currently, I'm interested in VC data, early stage startups, and journalism. Previously I've been a blogger, designer, researcher, startup founder, (temporary) college dropout, connector, occasional branding designer and amateur chef.

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