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.