You did it! After graduating university is a terrifying, exhilarating, and totally unique experience. You have a degree, but now what? Here’s eight life lessons you learn after graduating university.
1. You Don’t Have to Have Everything Figured Out After Graduating University
In school, almost everything comes with a due date : midterms, finals, semesters, among others. In the real world, you make your own schedule, which is an entirely different monster of its own. It’s okay to take your time on whatever aspect of your life you are on right now! Start writing that dream book or working on the short film that has been in the back of your mind!
2. Self Care is Important
This is a big one after graduating university. During school, there is a big goal you are working towards– a completed degree. But once that goal is done, internal pressures start to settle in and you may feel like a failure in your career before even really starting it. Learn to take time out of your day or your week to reflect and remind yourself that you are still a work in progress. Remember to take care of your body, start a journal or diary, and treat yourself to the occasional treat. You deserve it, babe!
3. Being Comfortable With Being Alone
During university, you are constantly surrounded by people whether that be in a full lecture hall, walking to and from class, or just hanging out with friends. Unless you are rooming with other people after graduating university, the struggle is real. Friends get jobs, move to different cities, or just get busy, meaning you get to spend much more time with your own brain! Learn to enjoy solitude, find peace in a meal or film alone, and you’ll be surprised in what you learn. Go to the park or museum with a book in hand and become acquainted with your own mind!
4. Friendships Are Deeper Than You Think
Just because your friends move, doesn’t mean they’ll abandon you! Don’t swipe those messages away and keep that group chat alive! You’re friends are going through exactly the same things you are so don’t be afraid to lean on them for emotional help. Make time to plan online movie streaming dates with your squad if you are all apart. If some of your friends are close by, schedule weekend dates in advance to catch up and let a little lose!
5. You Never Stop Learning
The learning process never really stops even when its outside of academia! You’ll pick up new facts everywhere you go and from the people you meet that will have you looking at the world in completely new ways. This may seem like a no-brainer but it is amazing how surprising each new fact gets catalogued in your brain whether that be a new way to cook eggs or a tip on how to improve your job! Always keep your mind open for improvement and remember every mistake is a lesson to learn from!
6. Your Family Is There To Help
Family comes in many forms. They can be people you share a genetic connection with that youshare deep emotional bonds with.They can be people that you choose to love and support as if they were your own flesh and blood They can be both. All of them, however, have your best interest at heart and want to help. If someone close to you wants to give a piece of advice, let them. When a brother or parent want to help pay for your phone bill and have the economic stability to do so, let them. Don’t let your pride push your family away and don’t shut yourself from a support system that is more than willing to help. Let your guard down a little and breathe in the love
7. Budget Wisely
Although this one may seem obvious or like Basic Money 101, seriously– keep track of your expenses. Budgeting money after graduating university will just give you less of a headache later in the year, especially if you’re self employed or a W-2 contractor because those taxes will hurt if you haven’t planned accordingly. Being smart with your money will help you plan your leisure time with peace of mind! Remember to put away money for a rainy day, in case of emergency, and that dream vacation!
8. Learn to Live Fearlessly
This is the most abstract point because what does living fearlessly even me? For each person, learning to live without fear means a different thing because every person has different fears. But for the most part, in a broader sense, learning to live fearlessly means to constantly remind yourself that taking risks is an incredibly important part of the learning process. Learn to trust in your own failure and not let yourself get consumed by it. See fearlessness as the confidence in the back of your head that you want to strive for!
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Andrea is a writer from California who keeps buying used books she doesn't need from library sales. Her favorite author is Sylvia Plath and she is currently working on her first novel, a middle grade book about kids in space.