Making the jump from college to “real world” is an actual thing. Even though there are so many directions to go in after college, we are giving up part of our identity that we have had for a long time: being a student. While it may be a transition, there are some things I am doing to help with this recent post-grad transition. Since I have a couple weeks of “summer vacation,” I’ve been trying to use these days to refresh and get started on this new phase of life. Here are some things I think are important to do after college graduation.
All the work you’ve put into getting a degree is a huge accomplishment. That’s several years of work and effort into learning and striving to improve. Congratulate yourself and have some time to relax and celebrate after receiving your diploma!
2. Clean out your apartment or dorm and donate old items.
There are some things that you will probably not want in the next phase in your life. Be sure to go through all your things and think twice on wether you will need certain things or not. I donated old t-shirts, some random decor items as well as some beauty products I never used. Think big picture and try to clean out things in order to make your move that much easier. While you may need some items from your college apartment, think it terms of long-term use and quality items over quantity.
3. Open a savings account and start a savings plan.
If you haven’t decided to start saving, now is the time! If you have been saving, maybe you would like to save for something specific or special. Get organized financially, especially if you are getting a new job, traveling someplace new or moving out on your own.
4. Refresh your computer.
Delete old files or move them to an external hard drive. I always feel better after organizing my computer files and getting rid of “digital clutter.” It could also make your computer go faster, too!
5. Plan for the future.
Take sometime and give yourself a mini retreat to think about your long-term career, life, travel and relationship goals. With your life ahead of you, now is the time to do some work and start thinking about your desires and goals for your next steps.Are you living the #postgrad life? Check out 10 things to do after college graduation! Click To Tweet
6. Research conferences or professional training events to attend.
There is always more learning and networking to be done. Spend some time researching some conferences to meet new people and develop your skills further. This could be a fun conference like a blogging conference or for a cause you are passionate about.
7. Make plans to visit college friends—wherever they may be.
You may have friends now that live all over the country. Make sure to set up a date or a weekend to visit the people who you are close to. Keep those relationships thriving, even though you may not live on the same campus anymore.
8. Write thank you notes to professors, classmates, and mentors.
Writing a good thank you note is not old school, and many people appreciate them, so I try to write thank you cards to people who helped me during the semester. Even sending your friends a nice note can always brighten their day!
9. Find a fitness routine that works for you.
In our 20s, we make habits that we may carry with us through the rest of our lives. Getting in shape and focusing on health is a good thing to prioritize coming out of college, as we try to balance work life and workout life. Do try to go all out when getting into a fitness routine at first, but strive to focus on consistency. Consistency yields the most results and is at the foundation of developing healthy lifestyle habits.
10. Give back to your school.
There are many ways to still remain connected to your college post graduation. As a senior, I made a senior gift to my school and I hope to carry on that tradition to watch my university and the community flourish in the future. Beyond financial gifts, there are many other ways to give back to your school. You can join alumni networks or job networks, be a mentor, or be open to sharing how your post-grad life is going with current students right now. Remember all the opportunities you had back in college and how you can help the people there.
Even though I’m just starting out into the post-grad life and getting used to it, it is good to be intentional about what you want to accomplish while refreshing our lives for something new. Let’s get prepared, go on out into the world and make a difference. We can use our degrees, make changes for businesses, help nonprofits, and go further than we imagined. Cheers to new opportunities ahead!