SURVIVOR SERIES: LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
If you are currently a student in college you may ask yourself about what the next step may be. I know that there are some people who have always had their life figured out, but while they sit completely accomplished, many of us have flip-flopped from a variety of career ideas and paths. From the possibility of becoming a paleontologist, to a teacher or singer, most have experienced this type of uncertainty. But, with things like December graduation fast approaching, it’s important to make your goals smart and apparent. Shoot for the stars, but also go for attainability and start planning for your next adventure in the real world. Here are some tips to surviving graduation preparation.
- Network. It is never too late to reach out to a professor. Start showing effort and meet with professors out of class. Ask them for advice and professional aid. Find out what ideas they can offer you in the next steps of your life. Have a resume question? Ask them if it is applicable.
- Gain Valuable Knowledge. Similar to the first tip, an internship should never be underestimated. These real-life work experiences can aid you in many ways. For one, it can lead you down a career path that you are interested in. In addition, it can also tell you what you don’t want to do. Not to mention it may even lead to a job if a vacancy comes up!
- Take Risks. Enjoy these years of your life. Your early twenties are a great time to take a risk and experiment before real life responsibilities prevent you from doing what you want. It is certainly easier to pick up and move to London for a six-month internship when you have less to do now than when you have a formal career. Use this age to take the time to do things that you won’t be able to do in a decade. Explore! See where it takes you.
- Look At Your Options. While it can seem easy to jump into graduate school, figure out whether or not you want to head straight into it upon graduation. Look into the requirements and decide on states that you could see yourself living. As far as less conventional options, programs and nonprofits like the Peace Corps, offer great opportunities. Be it an opportunity to defer your loans or just a great chance to travel the world, the Peace Corps allows you to make a difference.
- Budget. Bills, Bills, Bills: no, not the Destiny’s Child song, real, costly payments necessary to maintain a real life. If you are like me and millions of other American students you’re probably in debt. Try to remain consistent with loan payments as this can help you with credit. In addition, attempt to allot certain amounts of money each week and month for a variety of expenditures like food and leisure. Practice makes perfect, and with budgeting this is certainly true.
There is not one way to “adult”. There are many paths that you can take to be happy and successful in your life. Always remember that life is an adventure and that you should do what makes you happy.
Written By Xaria Anderson, Peer Educator
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