First things first, congratulations are most certainly in order. You did it! You worked hard, you struggled, you cried, you fought, and now, you’ve finally made it to the pearly gates. All that’s left is walking across that stage, picking up your diploma, and starting the rest of your life. This could seem terrifying, destabilizing, and even maybe anxiety-inducing. However, I am here to tell you that it is not the end of the world. On the contrary, this is just an awesome beginning.
Adulthood is Pretty Damn Great
You may hear a lot of older folks talk like the best parts of your life ends after you get your college degree. I know I did. However, it is far from the truth. It might not be easy or even come together like (or more accurately, when) you had hoped. When you start a new job there will inevitably be a group of people there who don’t like their job and don’t like being an adult. Avoid these people like the damn plague. They’ve bought into the cultural lie that a “job is just a job” and that you should only work for the weekend. Nonsense! Your job can be meaningful and your weekdays can matter.
No, You Are Not Falling Behind Your Friends
Don’t get caught in the trap. You are not failing at life because some of your friends are overnight successes. There are thousands of different variables that could support their success. Location, financial support, connections, and sometimes even luck are just a few of those variables. It’s okay to get down sometimes during your journey but as long you keep striving, odds are you will succeed.
Your First Job Out of College Might Have Nothing to do with Your Major and That’s Normal
That’s only a minor problem though. You have a lifetime to unite your career with your major — or to find out your major may not have a major bearing on what you do in life.
Find a Balance Between Your Social Life and Career
With the pressure of completing coursework, paying for school, and trying to enjoy your college experience, sometimes life can feel a little overwhelming, to say the least. Prioritizing work or further schooling is important, however, making time for yourself is equally important.
Whether this means spending time with friends, visiting family, or even just taking a moment to relax by yourself, it is important for your well-being to have some time set aside away from work and school. There isn’t a universal solution to being stress-free but it can help you maintain your sanity. Just remember you don’t have to do it alone; friends and family are there to help you, too!
Your 20s May be Lonelier Than You Think They’ll Be
According to Netflix, fellow 20-year-olds are at amazing parties, living it up in a high-rise apartment. They are not. The sad truth is life at University is often the largest concentration of people who are your age following high school. After graduation, you are all suddenly scattered around the country and far away from the activity center. Finding new friends may be challenging but it’s not impossible. It may not be easy, especially for those with introverted traits, but you must be brave. It’s like dating—you must put yourself out there and try new things. Good luck!
This is a great time to be alive. You have no kids (some of you) and no mortgage payments. Go abroad! Want to become an entrepreneur? Do it! This is a great time to learn new things and to grow as a professional. What’s the worst that can happen? You’ve got the rest of your life to play it safe.
Be Confident in your Non-experience
In conclusion, be confident in your non-experience. You are now entering the workforce where you will work with colleagues who have varying levels of know-how, so do your best to tap into your unique skills and learn as you go!
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and remember that your world is about to be very different, so buckle up and enjoy the ride! Congratulations on finishing college and joining the real world. Welcome to the party.
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