By Joanne Rosa
You did it. You’re finally done! You graduated, which means your days of five hour naps, partying all night long, and doing whatever you might please is a thing of the past.
Don’t hate; we’re giving it to you straight, no chaser.
Listen, life after graduation is not as terrible as the people who are pissed off at the world lead on. It’s not easy either. It’s a new chapter in your life. Expect changes, and even some culture shock after being in college for four years.
To give you a heads up on what to expect, here’s what we wish we knew before we graduated.
Focus on Your Career
First thing first; you went to college to make a career for yourself. Now is not the time to enjoy life without classes, exams, and midterms. You need to hustle and reach out to your network, build your resume, and interview like it’s your job until you find a job. It’s that simple. Get a move on, because you’ll soon realize it’s not as easy as landing that internship in college. As Wendy says, “How can you get anywhere if you’re standing still?”
Be Open to Different Jobs
“You assume the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t. I don’t believe that,” Wendy advises. “You always have choices.” If there is one thing our guests at Wendy taught us, it’s that your big break is a result of a series of little breaks. Let’s say you don’t land your dream job, but you were offered another job that will teach you a new skill. Go for it! If it’s taking you a while to find a job, do something that will keep the cash flowing. Hopefully that placeholder job will improve your resume or your skill set.
It’s time to face the fact that you will not be able to run to Mommy and Daddy for every little thing anymore. Be that as it may, if Ma and Pa are willing to let you live at home, take advantage of it. There is no shame in living at home after you graduate! There is this stigma that as soon as you graduate, you need to have it all together. Part of that is true, but it’s all about the journey. Save up while you’re at home and make moves towards becoming your own source of income in a big way. This means you can’t spend your entire paycheck on a weekend of partying, or that new bag you want. You need to start saving for the important stuff. Adults are able to see the larger picture in life. So, act like an adult, ‘cause you are one!
These are your selfish years. Before you know it, you’ll be looking back at your 20’s thinking, “I should’ve focused on me more.” How can you do that when you are spending all of your time in a committed relationship? Relationships are great, but they shouldn’t come before your career. Your happiness is the key to all of your success. If you aren’t happy with yourself, certain aspects of your life will suffer. If you thought you learned a lot about yourself in college, just wait until you hit the real world. Find yourself and love that person more than anyone else in this world. Don’t make excuses for putting yourself first. If there’s anytime in life that you can be selfish, it’s now.