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10 Things To Do After College Graduation

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I don’t know about any of you, but I could not be more excited for Graduation Day! I’m looking forward to watching Netflix guilt free, sleeping in without missing class, and having some actual time to myself.  With all of this free time I plan on having, I have created a list of things to do to make this early post-graduation life both productive and enjoyable!

Let’s prepare that post-graduation bucket list!

1. Create A Savings Plan

I know this is going to make me sound like a big nerd, but I am really excited about being able to save more money now that I have time to work more. I’m excited about all the things I’ll be able to do and buy because of my newfound sense of wealth, but I also am eager to put money aside.  Now is the time to teach ourselves how to budget and take care of our money in order to make our future goals a reality. Don’t forget… those student loans are right around the corner.

2. Cook Everything On Your Pinterest Board

I cannot tell you how pumped I am to finally start tackling all the recipes I have been salivating over the last 6 months. Cupcakes, soups, and entrees, oh my! I cannot be the only one dying to break open a new carton of eggs and get cooking!

3. Travel

I traveled a bit during my time in college, but the travel bug is biting me once again and I have a huge lifelong travel bucket list.  Ireland is next on the list, but I’ll settle for a summer road trip to the closest beach.  Now that you are graduating and will have much more time on your hands, I highly encourage any travel plans you may have. Do as much as you can if you don’t have a full time job just yet because you won’t always have a lot of time off to tackle travel plans later.

4. Find A Hobby

You are going to have so much free time now that it looks like it is time to take up a new hobby! You could try yoga, fishing, crafting, photography, etc… Whatever appeals to you most! My list of hobbies to try is pretty extensive.

5. Challenge Yourself

Have you ever wanted to run a 5k or maybe a half marathon? Is there a classic novel that you have always told yourself that you would read someday?  Challenge yourself now! I personally hope to start doing 5ks again.

6. Take A Gap Year

Not ready to say hello to the real world yet? Try going on a gap year! Dedicate some time to volunteering and bettering the world.  Study Spanish in Spain or work with ocean conservationists in Australia. You can always be an adult later, right?!

7. Do Something That Scares You

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do something every day that scares you.” While we may not be able to do this every day, why not take advantage of your newfound adulthood by taking a risk? Try skydiving, parachuting, or maybe even just riding a roller coaster. Just get out and do something different!

8. Think Practically

Now truly is the time to think about what being an adult actually entails. Do yourself a favor and learn about things like insurance, retirement accounts, and how to start investing.  Seriously, this stuff does matter, and it matters now.

9. Start A Business

Are you an impressive crafter? Can you bake the best cupcakes in the area? Take your passion and turn it into a business! It doesn’t have to be your career, just something fun to do on the side.  And who knows where you could end up going with it! It doesn’t hurt to try.

10. Relax

Through everything, make sure you remember to relax. After all, you worked very hard to earn that degree. Sometimes the best thing to do with a little free time is absolutely nothing.

This is just a portion of what I intend to do post-graduation.  What about you? Share your plans in a comment below!

Congratulations on graduating!

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5 Last Minute Tasks To Complete Before College Graduation

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

You are about to graduate! You survived college and are now about to embark on a new journey! As exciting (and nerve-wracking) as this time may be, don’t forget about a few more things you have to do before you graduate.

1. Get Letters Of Recommendation

This is something that is a lot easier to do if you start early. You should have a good idea of which professors you have established good rapport with. If you had internships, make sure you’ve got letters from your supervisors there as well. The more people who can vouch for your work ethic, the better you will be able to apply for your future dream job!

2. Have Your Resume Ready

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you are probably graduating with a job already in place, or at least an offer. If not, that’s okay – just make sure you have your resume ready for potential employers during your job search. Your resume should be narrowed down to one page and proofread for any errors. It would be a good idea to have someone look it over, or take it to your college career center, to fine tune it. Make your resume stand out (but not too much), formulate a strong objective, and add in any extra skills you have that could be an asset for a specific job.

3. Plan Out Your Student Loan Repayment

Nobody likes to think about the mountain of debt they’ve accumulated throughout their college career, but ignoring it will only make it worse. Knowing where you stand financially is the first step to being a post-grad. If you have to apply for loan deferment, don’t worry. A lot of people choose to! Calling your student loan servicer is the best way to start a repayment plan since they can tell you your options up front. Weigh your options and get ready

4. Visit Everything On Campus

I graduated before I saw most of my campus, so it’s still on my list of things to do! Pretty much every college campus in the United States is beautiful in some way and has some (or at least one) historical building. Whether to visit places you haven’t been before, or you favorite locations (or both), be sure to meander around. Maybe take a few photos to remember it by. If you’re moving out of town, who knows when you’ll be back again?

5. Take A Photo With Your College Mascot

My university has one of the best football teams in the country (go Ducks!) and I still don’t have a photo with the Duck! Imagine how left out I feel?! It’s a silly thing you would not necessarily think to do, but one of those “I should have done that” post college things. It is a nice memento, so track yours school’s mascot down and get your snapshot!

Tell us in a comment below what last minute things you plan on doing before graduation! Or, post-grads… please share what you regret not doing before graduating!

Congratulations!

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What Graduating Really Means

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Sylwia BaranBookRenter Blogger Biography

 

We count down to the days when we no longer have 10 page papers to write, when our bank accounts will have more than $10 in them, and when we finally leave our college campus for the last time and say goodbye to school once and for all after 15+ years. As exciting and wonderful as graduation is, sometimes post-grad life can come as quite a shock to some.

It may take a while for graduation to actually sink in, but graduating really means…

1. Looking For A Job

This should really start even before your graduation day because believe me, you won’t find a job overnight. It can take months to even find a suitable job, and then can take another month just go to through the hiring process of applications, interviews, and paperwork. Be hopeful when applying for jobs, but keep in mind that you will likely not hear back from a majority of the places you apply to. Don’t get discouraged!

2. Working 9 to 5

Once you finally land a job, get ready for what most adults call “the 9 to 5” schedule. Your once underappreciated student schedule of 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is now long gone. No more mid-day naps and suddenly you realize you spend most of your waking life at work.

3. Working In A Field Different Than Your Major

You may graduate with a major in Anthropology, but that doesn’t mean you will get a job pertaining to what you maybe had hoped. That is okay. You may find that after a long job search, it may be wise to say yes to the next job that comes your way, because face it – being an adult now means you have responsibilities, such as bills. Who knows, you may even really like a job you never would have before considered.

4. Waking Up Early

Morning classes were always a last pick, but now waking up early may not be an option anymore. Once you have a full-time job, you won’t be able to roll out of bed at 9:55 a.m. every morning for your 10:00 a.m. class. You will have to actually make sure you have time to dress appropriately and get to your destination on time.

5. Going To Bed By 10:00 P.M. Every Night

Once you’re waking up every day at 6:00 a.m., going to sleep early is no longer an option but a necessity in order to function. Trust me. Nights that you force yourself to stay awake like the good old days, will only have you suffering the next day.

6. Still Not Having Any Time For Anything

Even though you’ll be waking up at the crack of dawn, you’ll still find yourself with absolutely no time for anything other than work and sleep. It’s a sad reality. Even if you had time to do things, by the time you get home from work, it is very likely that you are exhausted and will have zero motivation to continue to be a productive member of society.

7. Losing Contact With Your Friends

Those people you promised to be friends with forever as you departed Graduation will probably be forgotten by December. Sorry, but it’s true. You’ll jump into your busy work lives and the lack of free time and the distance makes it a whole lot harder to stay social. If you are lucky, you will have a few friends you will keep in contact with, but daily hangouts will be reduced significantly. Just remember, this is normal for everyone.

8. Paying Off Loans

Yup, those pesky loans will now finally catch up to you. There should be a six month grace period from the moment you graduate until the first payment is due, but remember that a college education was an investment towards your future. Pay off what you can by the due dates, and everything should be alright. Don’t freak out over the total number, but think of it as monthly payments instead to make it a lot easier to handle.

9. No More Student Discounts

The next discount you’ll be eligible for is the senior discount, unless you go into the military. Being a college student really did have some perks; every penny counts!

10. Limited Napping Opportunities

Creating your own class schedule in college meant that you could perfectly arrange time in your day to nap between classes. Working full time not only changes your schedule, but in the chance that you nap when you get home from work, you likely will then have trouble falling asleep that night and then be tired the next day. There is no winning here.

11. Living At Home Again

For those of us who cannot afford to live on our own just yet, this means moving back home with Mom and Dad. Except now, it’s harder because they think everything will revert back to how it used to be before college, and you consider yourself an adult that shouldn’t be told what to do. It’s a complete struggle of power. Who wins? No one. Just take one day at a time and remember that when the day comes to move out, you will miss being at home.

12. No More Partying

You’ll be tucking yourself into bed at the same hour of the night that you used to be pre-gaming for parties in college. It may be a sad thought, but it shows maturity and responsibility. The world will not end, I promise.

13. More Consequences For Skipping A Day

We all have those days where we are tired, grumpy, or not feeling well. Deciding not to go to class wasn’t a big deal because you could always borrow someone else’s notes, but skipping work now has more serious consequences than skipping class. Skipping work, or even being late, reflects poorly on you and could even cost you your job. Thankfully, some work places offer you enough sick days or annual days that hopefully you will be able to re-group if necessary. Still, do not use them after at least being an employee for several months.

14. The End Of Summer, Winter, and Spring  Breaks

This is by far the biggest disadvantage of no longer being in school. We were truly spoiled with two month-long breaks in the summer. If and when you are lucky enough to put in for some vacation time at work, it will not be for as long.

For the Class of 2015, please take heed!  Your life is about to change drastically over the next year, and it may seem overwhelming – at times you might have a full-blown panic attack. Keep cool. No one ever said life was easy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy these changes. Yes, more responsibility is coming your way, but just remember that there is no better feeling than to achieve goals you have had set for so long. Do not get discouraged if everything doesn’t fall into place as originally thought; just keep working towards your desires and everything will be just fine.

Congratulations graduates! You’ve worked hard, don’t stop now!

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5 Things To Stop Thinking About After Graduation

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

As I neared graduation, I couldn’t help but think of all the awesome ways my life was about to change. I knew after graduation I would be working full time in an office doing what I had spent so many days studying, and I would be living alone in a great apartment. Unfortunately, my road has taken me down a different path. Should you find yourself in the same position, don’t fall into the pit of negativity. It is normal for life to not always take the expected path after graduation.

Here are some common thoughts you might be thinking after graduating:

1. It’s The End Of The World

Graduating college without a job waiting for you is not exactly the best feeling when you’ve been hearing about Sally and John who do have jobs waiting for them. You see social media posts filling up your Facebook about how so-and-so is moving into their own place is also not a great feeling when you probably have to move back home. Although it can be discouraging and sad, it’s not the end of the world. Your time will come, don’t rush it.

2. I Should Have Studied Something Else

I have just recently fallen into this kind of thinking. It just so happens I picked one of the most difficult areas of study to find a job in: journalism. Unlike other fields (like medical), some of us will have our work cut out for us just in job searching alone – but just because it gets hard and the road gets bumpy, that doesn’t mean you picked the wrong major. Remind yourself why you chose to study what you did. It’s important to do what you love.

3. College Was A Waste Of Time And Money

Just a heads up, the six month grace period after graduation flies by! Loan payments are not fun, but remind yourself college was an investment. When I catch myself thinking college was a waste of time, I remind myself that just because it may not have paid off yet, doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good decision. Use this somewhat-negative thinking to kick yourself into high gear for finding a job!

4. This Is Embarrassing

“Have you found a job yet?” “What are you doing with all of your free time?” “Your friends found jobs, didn’t they?” These are the kinds of questions you might get after you’ve graduated and several months have gone by. You may want to crawl under a rock and you may want to heave a big sigh and leave the room. You may feel your cheeks heat up with embarrassment because the person asking you these questions is reminding you of your circumstances. Don’t feel the need to explain yourself to this person, but if you do, be honest. Tell them life isn’t so easy, but you’re doing your best. You don’t have to justify yourself to anyone except yourself, and if you are okay with the decisions you are making, everyone else should be too.

5. I Should Be In The Same Place As So-And-So

In life, comparing yourself to others is a dangerous act. Although, it is easy to do today with Facebook and other social media sites where you can see daily what others are up to. Why keep torturing yourself? Your journey is different from everyone else’s, so comparing yourself to someone else is a recipe for disaster. Not all of us had the training wheels taken off our bike at the same time; it’s only natural not all of us will have a job and be able to afford our own place at the same time either. The worst idea is to push yourself into something before you are ready.

What thoughts have you had post-grad? How are you handling them?

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Why You Should Attend Your Graduation

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Graduating is the last decision we make as college students. Many people opt out of going to graduation, but then later come to regret it. Ultimately, it is everyone’s own personal decision to make. However, I would like to give you a few things to consider before you make your final decision:

1. Every Story Needs An Ending

After four (or more) long years of sitting in classrooms listening to lectures, there should be a commemoration of all that hard work. Not going to your college graduation is sort of like watching 8 seasons of your favorite show and then missing the series finale. It can leave a feeling of incompleteness. Although you may not think that now, you may later realize that you don’t feel like you finished because there never was an official ending.

2. It Matters To Someone

You may decide that you don’t need to attend your graduation and be completely fine with that decision, however you may have some loved ones who have been waiting to see you walk across that stage for years. More often than not, these loved ones are parents who are extremely proud of their little graduates (and if they paid your tuition, they have quite the leverage over you when it comes to attending the ceremony).

3. Diploma

In many universities the “diplomas” handed out during graduation are not the real thing and students have to wait a few months to receive their actual diplomas in the mail. However, in some schools, students actually receive their real diplomas up on stage during the ceremony. Before you decide not to go to your ceremony, find out if your school is one of these universities.

4. Say Goodbye

Although you may have made some good friends during your time in school and have every intention of keeping in touch with your alumni, chances are you may never see them again. Things happen; life happens. Therefore, this could be your last chance to see all of these people one last time. And what better way to say good-bye than at a very joyous ceremony?

Again, ultimately the decision is yours. Just make sure you’re happy with your decision so that you don’t look back at it later in life with regret. And for those of you graduating soon, I would like to congratulate you all and wish you the best of luck!

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