Adulthood. Independence. “Real life.” With a freshly-framed diploma hanging on the wall, the world is now your oyster. Except not really, because entry-level wages can only get you so far [read: a two-bedroom apartment with six roommates 45 minutes from city center via public transportation]. Regardless, the time of your life is at hand… aka the time of your life where the constant thought of “wtf am I doing right now” is at hand. Because let’s face it, That First Year after college is one of change (new job, new city, new whatever), difficult decisions (buy some groceries vs. have a social life) and life lessons (stain removal is an art form).

Feeling happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time? It’s not just you. Join us as we navigate the transitional trenches of That First Year after college and beyond.

That First Year is a community created through stories shared of That First Year after college and beyond. 

We offer you tidbits and tales to help you along the transition-heavy path of That First Year after college and the years beyond with stories from those who are currently going through That First Year and from those who have been there, done that and lived to tell the tale.

We believe in the power of stories, and it's our hope that you will find a little bit of your own story within those shared here.

Windrose is a collection of stories—stories of life that echo this one simple truth: you are not alone as you navigate life in your twenties.

These are words for the wanderer.

These are words for YOU.


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Ally Willis

Co-Founder & Editor

Ally is a 2014 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, the city she still calls home. Knowing the upcoming post-grad year would be full of transitions worth writing about, she began That First Year. She owns a cat named after C.S. Lewis and buys way too many concert and plane tickets and then writes about it. Ask her about her time spent in London and she won't stop talking about it. Ultimately, she hopes to write for a living. Check out her music, travel and life musings on her personal blog, Maps & Mochas. And come say hi — Ally is the one who answers emails (and the one writing this description about herself in third person).


Kendall Cherry

Co-Founder & Partnerships Manager

Kendall graduated in 2014 from Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing her master's degree at the University of Houston. She is also a self-proclaimed "culture engineer" for a tech company based in Silicon Valley. Known for choosing the strangest items on the menu (see: bone marrow), she is constantly dreaming up her next adventure. Kendall is passionate about helping others reach their full potential and aspires to be a real life super hero, minus the cape.