September 8 2016

Adulting: Life After College

Student going to class at her college

I just started school again this past Monday, after graduating college in May. Yes, you read that right! I went back to school the summer after graduating to earn my Masters. College changed my life completely. It taught me that you have to grow up and that everything is not always handed to you.

Even though I am back at school, I realized that “adulting” really does start the day after you graduate college, and the summer after graduation is filled with a whole lot of learning experiences. Yes, my degree did teach me a lot; however, there are a few things that I wish I learned before I actually starting adulting:

  • While some friends are going back to school, it’s time for you to get a full-time job
  • You might not find the job you are looking for or the one you want
  • Friends might get jobs faster than you will
  • Multitasking is necessary to get everything done in a day
  • Leftovers aren’t so bad, and cafeteria food wasn’t so bad either, I guess
  • Budgeting is super important because you must pay your bills
  • Cleaning doesn’t just involve your bedroom
  • Grocery shopping consists of real food, not snacks
  • Cooking is more than just making ramen noodles or a sandwich
  • When you’re sick, you’re on your own to make doctors appointments and get medicine
  • You must take out the garbage or it will pile up (This is the one I hate the most)

After earning my undergraduate degree, I realized a few things that I want you all to remember: stay on top of everything. If you want to be better, you can be. Doing your homework is not enough; you need to study what you are learning and, most importantly, always be strong and independent cause at the end of the day when you graduate and get a good job this is the best thing you can do for yourself!

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