2015-2016 was my senior year of college. By this time, I had figured everything out about the college life, but little did I know life after college was going to be VERY different.
- Don’t burn bridges
All 4 years you’ve networked, you’ve made your way to the top and you are where you want to be. Don’t forget the people that helped you get there. The people you meet on your way up, you will meet on your way down. I know a lot of us think that it’s so hard to keep in touch with others, but keeping in touch with someone is as simple as a “hello” text, email or phone call.
2. Your plans might not always work out
And that’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up over it. I’m the type of person to have plan A-Z if one thing doesn’t work out, I’m on to the next thing. Maybe I can come back to plan A the next time.
3. Grad school is an option
This is a bit of a personal lesson for me. I didn’t HAVE to go to graduate school, but I decided that it would be nice to do so and gain more skills in my field. I’ve noticed that it has been a topic of conversation with many people that I come into contact with AND a lot of positions and internships I’ve done would not have been possible if I didn’t go to graduate school.
4. You will lose friends
Sometimes you’ll grow apart from the people that you spent most of your time in college with. I’m here to let you know that it’s okay. Things change, people grow apart, it’s nothing to be sad about or ashamed of. It’s part of adulting, sad, but true.
5. The real world is very different
If you’re like me, you’ve had internships in public office, law offices, newspapers, etc. in college. You thought you got your taste of the real world? Yeah a taste, a smidge, a salt grain of a taste of what the actual REAL WORLD is like. It’s different. You’ll be around people of different ages, backgrounds, religious beliefs, etc. Don’t get too caught up or wrapped up. People might comment about how young you are or that you don’t know anything, but remember you’re in the same place.
It’s been 3 years since I’ve graduated and I’ve learned so much, but I know there’s still so much to learn!