Y'all I have been feeling pretty dang nostalgic the past few days. Seeing all of these graduations pictures has gotten me feeling some kind of way that I have been out of college for FOUR YEARS. Sometimes I feel like it was just yesterday, I was sitting on the Klondike porch skipping class or spending countless hours in my apartment binge watching TV with my roomies/best friends, and sometimes those magical, carefree times feel like an eternity away.
When I graduated from college, I felt all kinds of lost. I was away from my friends, working 40 hours a week, and the weight of the world felt like it was crashing down on me (looking at you student loans). I wish I had someone telling me its going to be okay, and that the transition will get better. So here I am, four years later, and here are a few things I have learned:
- If you want to take a year off and go travel, DO IT. If you want to take a year off, live at home, and screw around, DO IT. Because I am here to tell you, the jobs are not going anywhere, and once you start working you have 50 + years to go until retirement. What is the rush?
- You have no idea what you want to do with your life? That's cool, I do not really either, but every day I learn a little more.
- Friendships become different. You have to work a little harder to maintain them. And I can guarantee that you will find out who your true friends are.
- You are lucky if your first job is your dream job. If your first job is not your dream job, use that as motivation. But you may also come to find that what you think is your dream job, may not be once you get into the workforce.
- I have had three jobs since I graduated, and have no shame in it. A lot of people will put others down for "job hoping". Its so "millennial". No, I am just trying to find a good fit for me and my career.
- It is really, and truly hard going from no real schedule and all the time in the world off, to having as little as ten days of PTO a year. That is two weeks y'all. That is nothing. You have to become more conscious of your time and learn to use it to the fullest. Do not think it looks bad to take time off. You will burn out if you overwork yourself.
- Become friends with your co-workers. These are the people you are going to end up spending the most time with. They make work more enjoyable and are great connections once you move on from a job.
- Money is important, but its not everything. You may have to take a paycut or make a lateral move to be happier and more fulfilled in your day to day.
- You have to work a little harder on your job, friendships, self, family, LIFE. I mean it is a lot to juggle.
- BUT, at the end of the day, life goes on! You transition into the real world, you make money, you get a dog, you take awesome vacations, and life is fun!
So here are to the best four years of my life, I will cherish them forever. If you are new grad embrace the change! If you have been out of college for a while and are still trying to figure this adult thing out, well I am too, so we can do that together.
Let me know if I missed anything, shoot me an email or write me a comment!