When you choose to go to college, you might have big dreams or plans for what is going to happen afterward. But over the time that it takes you to graduate, for many it is four years, your opinions on things might change, as well as your academic strengths. So your original plan might not always work out as you thought it once might. After college graduation, you can feel a little like you have been thrown in at the deep end. There are lots of decisions to make and things to choose. So here are some of them, that people seem to forget to tell you, that could happen after graduation. Hopefully, it will get you ready for when it is you that is the one graduating.
Many of us will have college loans to pay off after we graduate. But you know what, you can’t just forget about it. Otherwise, it really can take over and control you for a while. You need to own, take charge, and make a plan to start paying it all back as soon as you can. Don’t just ignore it!
One thing that can happen is that you can feel quite alone. Your college friends will all be moving back home or to new places for new jobs. You will more than likely do the same. But if you move back home, old friends might have moved elsewhere or still be away at college themselves. If you start a new career, you will have to take the time to get to know people. So to start with, right after graduation, it can feel a little lonely. Just be prepared for it and put yourself out there to keep busy and meet lots of people.
When you are in your early twenties, it is the time to take some risks. You won’t always have the dependence of a spouse of children, so now is a good time to do some things just for you. The chances are you won’t have a mortgage or similar responsibilities, so it is a good time to do those things that you’ve always wanted to do. Want to see the world? Want to teach English abroad? Want to read your horoscope and just go with what it says? Then now is the time to do it. I have a friend that read her Gemini horoscope in a magazine and just went with what it said; she couldn’t be happier!
Just because the education that you have formerly had has stopped, it doesn’t mean that you should stop educating yourself. Would you consider grad school, for instance? If not, look for ways to learn and develop in your new career. Look for courses that could help the career path you want to get into. It keeps your mind active but also makes you much more employable.
The key to life after college is just to roll with the punches. Enjoy it and take things as they come. Is there anything else that you would add to the list?
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