You’re getting closer to ending your student career, getting your degree, and being thrown into “the real world,” but before you get ahead of yourself with daydreams of what your new apartment will look like and how awesome your day-to-day life will be, take a second to make sure you’re graduating with six essential life lessons.
1. Manners, manners, manners.
After college, impressions are a big deal and do play a part in where you snag a job. You may be freshly graduated, but that doesn’t mean you have to act like it. So, no belching your compliments or bragging about how drunk you got Friday night. Act professionally.
2. Nothing is permanent.
Feeling hopeless and discouraged if you don’t have a job lined up right after you graduate is not the end of the world. It’s easy to get sucked into feeling like things will never change, but remember “it’s going to get bad before it gets good.”
3. Fake it until you make it.
Don’t like someone you work with? Smile, suck it up, and be polite anyway. There are some obstacles you must overcome and take time to deal with before moving on to bigger and better things.
4. No one likes a whiner.
Get those “I hate quizzes” and “doesn’t it suck we have to do readings?” comments out now because it’s not usually considered professional to complain about your work while you’re actually at work. Complainers are no fun to be around and it’s a fact that people are more attracted to those with a positive attitude.
5. You can’t always trust the people you want to.
Unfortunately, someone you once thought of as a trusted friend, or even family member, can turn out to be someone completely different. Try not to tell everyone every little thing happening in your life, otherwise drama could rear its ugly head.
6. A little give, a little get.
When people are offering you help, do you find yourself always taking and giving little in return? What you put out into the world will inevitably come back to you, so make sure to always “pass it on.” Whether that means baking cookies for a friend who recently did you a favor, or getting your grandma flowers for no reason, try to always remain more on the giving end.
There are plenty of things you will learn during your college experience. Let life take its course and teach you life’s lessons! These 6 things will at least now prepare you for life after graduation.