It can be pretty jarring graduating college and suddenly having no more semesters or classes in sight. You’ve been a student the majority of your life, after all. All you hard work since kindergarten has led up to the moment you get your degree. So what do you do now that it’s all over? The college experience can be the time of your life with friends, activities, likeminded people, and fun always being right within reach. Because of this, graduating can feel a little bittersweet. Whether you graduated six months ago or you’re graduating soon, it’s good to know how you can keep a positive attitude and avoid the post-college blues. These four things can help:
1. Find your interests outside of school
If you were involved in a lot of extracurriculars in college, you might feel a little bored with your no-longer-hectic schedule. If you find yourself missing a student organization you were in that peeked your interest, try finding something similar in your community! Look online for dance classes, environmental meet-ups, book clubs, or anything else you might have enjoyed in school. You might be surprised to find that there are more opportunities nearby than you thought.
2. Stay in touch
What can hurt the most about graduating from college, is separating from your friends. If you continue to live in the same area, you can all help through this time of transition. If you end up scattered across the country though, odds are you’re really missing your circle of college friends. So remember that it’s important to stay in touch. Distance doesn’t matter as much as it did when you were a kid; you’ve got Skype and texting to help you stay in touch any time. College friendships can last a lifetime, so remember that it doesn’t have to be goodbye forever. Coordinating a small trip with your college friends can be a great reunion and vacation all in one.
3. Consider grad school
Maybe it’s the academics that you miss the most about college. If you want to keep learning about your field of choice after getting your undergrad diploma, definitely consider the possibility of grad school. Maybe you want to raise your degree to a Master’s, or maybe you want to try studying something else entirely. Do your research and see if there’s a school and a program that speaks to you.
4. Continue to learn
Even if grad school isn’t for you, you should embrace the concept of being a lifelong learner. As a busy college student, you might not have had time to take any up many new hobbies. Well, now that you won’t have studying and homework taking up your free time, try indulging in some hobbies! Always wanted to rollerblade? Take lessons. Wish you could paint? Go out and get some art supplies. Learning something new will be fun, and you just might end up finding something you enjoy so much you’ll stick with it for years to come!
Your future may be uncertain right now, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. College might be over, but a new chapter of your life is starting, and the possibilities really are endless!