5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Graduating College
How the heck did four years of my life fly by?! So here comes the question all college graduates, or any graduates for matter have: Now what?
1. It doesn't hit you that you're no longer a student until it's Fall semester and all your friends are back in class again.
While you're at home (or work) your friends are learning (or suffering) at school, and you're starting to forget what this feels like. They're probably jealous of you for being done with school, and if you're like me and actually enjoy school, you're lowkey jealous they're not done yet. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2. You have so much free time...
Like so much free time... But hopefully you find a job ASAP so all your days don't consist of Netflixing and eating in bed. But having free time does allow you to catch up with family and friends you haven't gotten the chance to see because of school and other activities. This also gives you plenty of time to job search, explore the world, and more importantly, make lots of amazing new memories.
3. All those " I graduated college, now what" memes are literally you.
When a spongebob meme accurately represents your life... Even though many recent college graduates might feel like this at some point, it's a completely normal and understandable feeling. Especially when you literally just graduated and are applying for a job that requires "eight years of experience" in something... Where's the logic in that?! We'll get through it grads, stay positive :)
4. You realize how much you miss school.
I know, I know, call me a nerd but I actually genuinely enjoyed going to school. I didn't always enjoy every aspect about it, such as tests and quizzes, but in general school wasn't too bad. After going to school for so many years it just becomes apart of your daily routine, and anything else feels strange.
5. Taking time off from school is one of the best decisions you'll make.
As enjoyable as school can be for anyone, after a while you just need a break. Taking some time off from school after your undergraduate degree is beneficial in numerous ways. For starters you can finally have a break, and get the rest you've earned. It gives you time to think about what you want in life, and where you want to go. Sometimes we end up taking a completely different path than what we had in mind with the use of our degree, and that's okay. You can use this time off to venture out and explore other fields you may have been too afraid to try before. By taking off time you'll realize whether or not you even want to go back for another degree. Either way, it's a win-win situation, and you can't go wrong with it.