Congratulations class of 2014! The stress of writing research papers papers and cramming for exams is finally over for you! Now that it is all over, you may find that you are not feeling as happy and relieved as you had expected. That is normal! Now that you have graduated there are all sorts of new responsibilities and stresses awaiting you, but it’s important to not let the stress overwhelm you.
Here are some suggestions on how to deal with any post-graduation blues:
1. Job Search
This is probably the number one cause of stress for recent graduates. The job hunt can take a lot longer than you had expected and you may feel as if you’ll never find anything. Just be patient. Look for entry level positions online and in the meantime, enjoy the time off that you won’t have when you start working!
2. New Lifestyle Adjustment
After over 17 years of sitting in a classroom, it could feel totally bizarre to just stop. It may take a while to adjust to this, but with time you’ll find yourself in a new daily routine that will start to feel normal. Some of you may even realize that you actually miss school and decide to go back to further your education. The important thing is to give yourself the time to figure it out.
3. Student Loans
While we’re in college we may not always think about the student loans that are piling up over the years. Then we graduate and all of a sudden the amount hits you. Debt can be a huge burden and cause tons of stress. So sit down, plan out a budget, and a plan for paying off your loans. Writing out a plan and seeing it can make the debt seem less scary and overwhelming.
This is the time to relax and take advantage of your new found freedom. Do not let the stress of graduating take over your life. Enjoy the fact that you graduated! If possible, travel. It can be a great way to discover something new about the world and about yourself. You accomplished something great, so bask in your accomplishment!
Have you experienced any of these feelings after graduating? If so, what do you do to deal with your post-grad blues?