The Post Grad Life

Seeing as my original goal of this blog was to write about life after college, it seems about time that I post something on that subject. In a way, the fact that my posts took a turn away from what I expected is much like my experience of life after college. Life as a post grad can be fun, overwhelming, exciting, and scary… but it’s anything except what you expected it would be.

I think we all hold certain expectations of how our lives will run their course. Certainly, I expected to jump immediately into a full time, salaried position. I would eat on real glass plates and sip wine at dinner from actual wine glasses. I would decorate my walls with framed, original art. Basically, I had very high expectations.

Only a few months after graduation, I certainly have much to learn. However, I have learned some valuable lessons so far.

Don’t Focus on How Things “Should” Be

Right now, I’m working at a contract job at a startup and loving every minute of it. Many of my friends, in fact, have taken jobs such as paid internships in order to do what they love or enter the field of their dreams. While taking an internship or temporary position may not have been in your game plan for your post-college life, these opportunities can really teach you a lot. Also, despite my ideal life involving non-plastic dinnerware, the reality is that I have no dishwasher and am a bit of a klutz. (When I subletted an apartment last summer, I actually think I dropped and broke 3 plates and a glass). So, for now, I’ve come to realize that I am perfectly happy with my kitchen as is.

Stay in Touch With Friends

It can be very easy to become caught up in the stres of life after college. What keeps me from going to pieces is my friends. Even if you just send a text or chat for a few minutes over the phone, you will see your mood improve immensely. If you still have friends in the area, make some plans to explore your city or town. Grab a cup of coffee, go to dinner, go shopping. Do whatever it is that makes you happy.

Try New Things

Now that you’re on your own, it’s time to find out everything you can about yourself. Convinced that you could never like a new type of food? Take a deep breath and be daring. Another great thing to try is going to networking events and seminars. I recently attended Mashable’s Social Media Day at Boston University. Nearly everyone I met there had majored in Communications. That, combined with the fact that people were listening to the panel of speakers, live tweeting, and playing Bingo, all at the same time, was quite intimidating. However, getting to try my hand at live tweeting was very fun. It even earned me a few cool followers.

All in all, the most important thing to do is enjoy your time as a Post Grad. Even though things may get tough, remember that you always have the support of your friends and family to get you through it.

Eric Schmidt’s Boston University Commencement Speech and Thoughts on Technology

This year I graduated from Boston University. Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, (photo courtesy of Boston.com) was our commencement speaker. He gave an amazing speech. One of my favorite lines is when he said, “All of these connections that you forge — the digital ties that bind our humanity together — that’s not possible without technology. But it’s also not possible without you, without a heart.”

After four years of writing papers and taking exams, I am now the proud owner of a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history. I am very thankful for the education I received at BU. I’m perhaps just as thankful for my graduation present from my mom and dad. They got me… An iPad!

I’ve only had my iPad for a week, but already I am seeing what a useful and wonderful tool it is. I sincerely believe that it will help me a lot as I enter the workforce and begin my first job in the real world. My iPad keeps me organized and helps inspire me to explore my creativity.

While I have not been updating my blog as much ask would like, my iPad is making it easier for me to blog whenever inspiration hits. I’m writing this post from my iPad on a new app that I just downloaded, called Werdsmith. Werdsmith is a great app with a beautiful user interface. It tracks the word count for any kind of writing you want to do. You can set a goal for yourself and watch the percent complete increase as you tap out your ideas. At this moment, for example, I know that I am 42% finished with this 500 word post. Make that 45% now.

Another great writing app is DayOne. It’s meant to be a journal and syncs with your iPhone and MacBook. It also automatically saves your work as you go. It can even be password protected, so you don’t have to sorry about writing down all the tawdry details of your life. (just a suggestion). DayOne features a beautiful user interface with some great fonts. Right now I am find of sans poet.

In terms of social media, my favorite way to stay connected is through Twitter. I use the Twitter app for iPad and find that it is the easiest way to scroll through all the tweets from people that I follow. I can easily see what tweets I missed from a few hours ago or even a few days ago. I know that there are a ton of Twitter clients to use, but I really think that the official one by Twitter has come a long way from its past incarnations.

Finally, I have been using Producteev frequently on my Mac and iPhone since its new big update premiered a few months ago. A full iPad app is currently in the works and I must admit I am frequently checking their website and twitter for updates. Producteev is a great app that allows you to make a To Do list with multiple workspaces. You can add labels and notes, mark deadlines, set reminders, and it will instantly be synced through iCloud.

I am always on the lookout for new apps that will make my life easier and more enjoyable. In fact, part of the fun of owning an iPad is the ability to discover new apps everyday. Still, I must remember Eric Schmidt’s words and keep technology from ruling me. Rather, I aim to use it to enhance my life. What do you think of Eric Schmidt’s advice? The full text of his speech can be found here.

Originally posted on May 26, 2012