It’s been exactly a year since I graduated from college. Honestly, it feels like a blur. It seems like it was just yesterday that I would hang out in the library complaining about writing my 50-page thesis. My first year as a post-grad was actually pretty great but had so many changes I almost got whiplash. I didn’t know what to expect in this chapter, so I’m glad I survived it. Postgrad is a little scary because we don’t have school breaks or the flexibility of a college/work schedules, but post-grad does have its advantages. Like having a Netflix binge without the guilt. Here are some things I learned this first year.What are some important lessons I learned from my first year as a post-grad? Read them here! Click To Tweet
Nostalgia is Real
I remember all I wanted to do is graduate and leave college behind and the first months after I was feeling good. Then when the new school year started, I started seeing all the activities come up (many which were way cooler than when I was there) and I began to miss it all. The fact that I could just pick up and go to the beach in between classes or the random fun activities that had free food. I shamelessly admit that I miss backing out of plans because I could use homework as an excuse. I’m horrible.
Your Plans Could Go Either Way
The last months before graduating are tough because you have to make plans for real life. You hear everyone talking about new projects, grad school, or simply taking a year off to enjoy life. I’ve seen people’s plans go perfectly and others go in a different direction. Plans can change, I know mines did, but just go with it! It’s scary, but we’re in a good position that we have time and abilities to mold our situation into something new.
Grad School Isn’t For Everyone
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been going back and forth with the idea of grad school. The reason I can’t fully commit is that although I want to say I have a Master’s, I don’t know if it’s something I want to put the money into. A big question people ask is what comes next and most assume grad school. But it’s not for everyone. I’ve seen friends go to grad school and be super amazing at it, but I’ve seen others firmly say they won’t go. Grad school is a lot of work and more money so I’m so proud of those who go and I definitely understand those who don’t.
Friendships Take More Work
It was so easy walking to someone’s dorm or walking into them on our way to class. It was so much easier taking a break in the middle of the day to get coffee. But once people start moving around or getting jobs, friendships become much more intentional. You end up realizing that not all friends are originally locals and you will miss them like crazy. I tend to text a lot of my friends because I’d rather keep contact, especially when making plans gets hard.
It’s Okay to Take the Job Route
A lot of the inspirational type articles I saw about graduating all said to enjoy some time and take trips and something along those lines. I give props to those who do because it does look like fun, but some people just feel safer going to job route, like me. I’m the kind of person that immediately thought about loans and stuff to pay off so I’d rather have a steady job. I had a friend who had tons of plans but then had to buckle down to work after unexpected things happened and she felt disappointed. But having a job instead of traveling is okay. I feel like FOMO is a big thing lately but honestly, having a job right after you graduate instead of traveling or something, should not be looked down on. Everyone has different things going on.
Where You Are in Life is Totally Okay
This all leads me to this, no matter where you are in life, it’s okay. Sometimes you’re not going to have everything figured out and sometimes you will. We’re still in a period where everything is trial and error and we have time to make mistakes and see what works in life. You still have time to make life happened so don’t feel pressured to make decisions on what you see or where you think you should be. Enjoy the new freedom and ease into adulthood. Postgrad looks different for everyone so just do you!
Any tips or things you learned as a post-grad? How do you respond to a life transition?
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