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!
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.
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!