Graduation season is finally here! If you aren’t graduating, it’s pretty hard to miss the Instagram and Twitter photos of new graduates in their caps, gowns, and joyful smiles. For most of us, college wasn’t only an academic experience. In the process of pursuing our degrees, we gained lifelong friends, partners, and memories that will last forever. While graduation season should be an amazing time, it can also be a little scary – especially for those of us who aren’t necessarily equipt with a “five-year plan”. If you find yourself worried about life after graduation, here are some tips to keep you in a positive headspace.
- Remember that Life Works in Phases: If you went to a four-year college, you may have noticed that the years flew by quickly, but simultaneously seemed like they’d never end. If you’re anything like me, routines are essential and abruptly having to stop a routine can affect your day-to-day flow. However, simply (and constantly) reminding yourself that this is a new chapter will get you out of the habit of longing for the old days.
- Utilize Your Network: You may be applying for jobs online, and while that is important, it can be even more beneficial to actually talk to people who work in your field. Asking for tips on how they landed a job after graduation or even informational interviews can teach you a lot and also let people know that you are looking for opportunities.
- Spend Lost Time with Family: If you went away to school, that likely means that you missed plenty of birthdays, holidays, and special occasions with your family and old friends. Focusing on rekindling those relationships will make you happier and make up for the time you’ve spent away.
- Stay Active: Whether it’s working out, practicing your hobbies, or even hanging out with friends, make sure that you stay busy. If you haven’t immediately found employment, it can get so easy to go from waking up at 8 am every day to rolling out of bed at 2 pm. Trust me, the ‘Freshman 15’ has nothing on those ‘Post-Grad Pounds’!
Most of all, be proud of the huge accomplishment you just made and remember that you have the whole world at your feet. Trust the process and timing of your life!