Life after graduation — not high school graduation (that’s child’s play). I’m talking about the big leagues. You just graduated University, congratulations! You’re just a fresh faced youngin' ready to take on the challenges of life and get to work but little did you know that the post-grad life isn’t all that its made up to be.
You may have heard that upon graduation, life was going to get more tough and maybe a ~tiny~ bit stressful. Whoever told you that wasn’t wrong — in fact, they were super right. If you’re a recent graduate, here are some reality checks:
You will start from the bottom.
I’ve been calling 2016 my year as a power bottom. Different context, but similar situation. You’ll accept an intern position and get paid nothing or next to nothing to gain experience.
You will quickly discover the never-ending cycle of needing experience to get experience.
Not sure how employers want you to have over 10 years of experience on your resume, a masters degree, the knowledge to cure cancer, and a black belt for an entry level position. It’s totally doable, though. Keep trying!
You will probably move back in with your parents at some point.
I mean, it happens. School is expensive, you want to save money and who doesn’t like eating a nice home cooked meal. I know I sure do. Just don’t become an unemployed dust living in your parents basement. *ahem*
The major that you majored in ain’t make no money.
But you can’t drop out cause ya parents will look at ya funny. #KanyeTruthBomb This is also followed by academic regret — you spend 4/5 years completing a degree you have absolutely no interest in and wonder if you actually made the right decision.
Always feeling like you have to compete.
Some of your colleagues will quickly prosper while you can’t catch a break. That’s normal, but remember different strokes for different folks. Go at your own pace. It’s important to learn the difference between friendly competition and just being a dick. Align your chakras and rid that negative attitude, bruh.
Bills, Bills, Bills
Can you pay my telephone bills, can you pay my automo’bills, can you pay my student loan bills? After graduation, you’re faced with the joy of having to deal with all those bills without any financial guidance.
You will feel pressure coming from every direction. Should you go to grad school? Should you move across the country? Should you get bangs? So much pressure, so much uncertainty.
Every recent grad I’ve talked to has told me that this is one of the biggest struggles that they’ve come across upon graduating. It’s scary not knowing what your next step is and what your plan is. Sometimes its okay not to have a plan and just ride the wave.
Take a chance!
Once you’ve graduated, you’ll realize that you need to take risks in order to do what you wanna do. Know which risks are worth taking, and which ones are not worth your time. Comfortability breeds stagnant behaviour, follow the advice of Gwen Stefani: Take a chance, you stupid…you know.
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