Graduating from college is a big milestone that I’m sure many of you have been excited about. Now that it’s here, don’t you feel a strange combination of relief and panic? Heck yeah, it’s normal. There are a lot of things that nobody told us about life after college, or should I say the “real world.”
The first year is usually the hardest so let me share with you 6 tips to help you survive the post-grad life.
1. Embrace the fact that you are not in college anymore.
First things first, you have to realize that you are NOT a student anymore and that you are now officially an adult with new sets of responsibilities. Once you realize that, it’ll be easier for you to accept all the changes and set-backs that you are about to face. There’s so much to learn. Look forward to it. Welcome to your new normal, welcome to the real world!
2. Build a new routine.
Back in college, your days were filled with class schedules, meetings, studying, paper works, etc. and now that you’re out of it, it’s time to build a new routine for yourself. Something you never had in college, something that works for you. A healthy routine will guide you through the transition phase, help you organize your life and at the same time, fill the void that can sometimes give you the post-grad blues (yup, there’s such a thing). As much as you want to catch up with sleep and party all night, commit to a new schedule – start your day early, hit the gym, learn new skills, seek job opportunities, etc.
3. Don’t worry if you don’t get your dream job right away.
Even if it’s not your dream job yet, what’s important is to be able to land a job. The real world isn’t how you imagined it to be darling, so throw away those ideals and strive hard to seek out opportunities that will eventually help you reach your dreams and goals. Don’t put a lot of pressure in yourself or you’ll end up failing right away.
Now’s the time to pay off those student loans on top of your new personal financial responsibilities, so make sure that you budget your money wisely, live within your means and start saving. Read HERE to learn about budgeting tips after college.
5. Keep in touch with family and friends.
Whether you’re moving to a different place or going back home, it’s important to make an effort to nurture your relationships with friends and family. Make new friends, but never forget the old ones.
6. Just breathe.
Lastly, learn to breathe. The real world can be stressful and overwhelming, but you need to find your way through it. Find a new hobby, have an active lifestyle, start meditating, enjoy life – don’t let the stress take over your life. That’s the only way to survive.