Life After College
Life after college is exciting. You’re starting a new chapter that will lead you to opportunities and experiences you didn’t have access to as a college student. It can also be a bit scary, especially if you don’t know what to expect. You’re officially an adult now, with adult responsibilities to match. You’ll be expected to figure out a lot on your own, from budgeting to deciding where you’ll be living now that the campus apartment is no longer an option. Lucky for you, we’ve come up with some resources for you to ease into that transition, with information on everything from becoming a young professional to deciding whether it makes good financial sense to move out of your parents’ house and into your own place. Browse through our Life After College section and read the additional information below to get yourself feeling more at ease and less stressed about what you should do next.
The "What’s Next" Feeling?
There are lots of you out there who don’t have their post-graduation lives mapped out in detail. You may have an idea of what you’d like to be doing eventually - whether it's starting a career, traveling abroad or heading to grad school - but you also may not know how to get there or how you’ll be spending your time immediately after graduation. Dealing with that “what’s next?” feeling is a reality then for a lot of you. We’d like to help ease your mind a bit, and hope to both address the anxiety you feel about figuring out life after college and give you some ideas on what you could do with your life now that you’re not defined by your college campus. Try to take all the questions in stride, as we know many among your family and friends will surely want to know what you’re up to now. Stay calm, breathe, and take some time to think about what it is that you’d like to apply that college major to, and what you should prioritize to both land a job, figure out your housing situation, and come up with some long-term goals. That feeling is surely temporary, and keeping things in perspective helps. You’re not the only one stressing out about life after college out there!
Exiting the College Lifestyle
It isn’t only what you do with your new life after college that’s important; it’s also about how you’ll do it. Making the transition from a college student to a young professional is harder for some, but if you’re prepared for the kinds of responsibilities you’ll face, it may get easier with time and experience. We’ve not only come up with tips on the nuts and bolts of budgeting in the real world, we’ve also come up with resources on less tangible topics, like how to deal with the stress you may be feeling or what it means to look and behave like a young professional. (Naptime in the middle of the afternoon, for example, is strictly prohibited in most office environments.) Think about exiting the college lifestyle as being more exciting than depressing, and you’ll surely do well out there. Consider this: Not everyone graduates from college. You’re part of a special group now, and you’ll certainly be better prepared to tackle real-world problems now than you were as a high school graduate. Think about how much you’ve grown over the last four years, and how the skills you picked up in college will be of use to you in the real world. You should be feeling better already.