Life after college is of course different for everyone. The last few months right before graduation you may feel a variety of different emotions, some of which may include: excitement, nervousness, stress, happiness, sadness, and even uncertainty. Graduating college is the start of a brand new chapter in your life that has yet to be written. There are so many decisions to make which can sometimes be overwhelming. Here are some of the questions you may have to ask yourself:
- Will I get a job in my field, or continue to further my education?
- Should I relocate to a new city ?
- Will I move back in with my parents? If so for how long?
- How much money should I save before I decide to relocate?
- Where will I move?
- Am I willing to accept a position outside my major?
- What salary am I willing to accept?
- Where should I apply for grad school?
- Do I want to defer my student loans? How much am I already in debt?
These are a a few of the countless questions you may stumble upon. You may not have all the answers right away and that’s perfectly fine. Take the time to think about whatever it is that you would like to accomplish and then develop a plan of action. I believe it is important that along the way you do not compare your life journey to others. Some of your friends may appear like they are ahead of you and others may seem like they’re behind. If your expectations do not match up with your reality do not get discouraged. All great things come with time, patience and hard work.
Life after graduation is an adjustment. You have to say goodbye to the place that became a second home to you where so many memories were created. Graduation is the time to leave the new nest you’ve built to embark on a new journey. You may not be in such close proximity to your friends as you once were so visits may become less often. If you have to return back home and live under your parents roof after being out on your own for so long this can be a hard pill to swallow. Maybe on the other hand your parents aren’t so welcoming and you have to find somewhere else to stay which can also add additional stress.
Whatever obstacles you may stumble across have faith that you will overcome them and become a step closer to your goals. “Being out in the real world” isn’t so bad. It can be difficult choosing a career and figuring out what it is that you actually want to pursue which is okay. Part of life is about trial and error; figuring out what you like and what you don’t like. Don’t be afraid to take risk and do something outside your comfort zone. Life is about creating and discovering yourself by doing what makes you happy. If it doesn’t make you happy maybe you should consider other options. Life is too short to live with regrets.
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