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What I wish I would've know Before Graduation

Hey y'all! I started my senior year of college this week which gave me a certain amount of anxiety about the next year or so. To help calm me down I reached out to my friend Nia from Nia By Design who graduated recently. She's a fellow graphic designer and all around a cool lady! Please go check out her brush lettering work on her super aesthetic Instagram, you'll be drooling for hours.

They say that college is the best four years of your life, and they’re right. College allows you to meet new people, discover yourself and make mistakes that probably won’t fly in the real world. But what about life after college? Are you ever really prepared to start adulting? I sure wasn’t.

I took my time in college for granted. I was lucky enough to have generous parents who paid for my schooling and provided me with all that I needed. I was able to focus on being a full-time student and had a part-time job as a means of extra spending money. I realize that not everyone experiences this same situation in school, but for a lot of us, entering the real world was a shock to the system. And I’m not going to lie, I wish I had known what being a real adult was going to be like prior to graduating. I thought I would (hopefully) help you all still in school out by providing a few tidbits on what I wish I had known before graduating college and tips for entering the workforce.

Save your money

I’m sure a lot of you are already doing this, but I didn’t. I thought I would be able to get by with the money I was gifted at graduation, but real life is expensive! Make sure you save a little every now and then so you’re not in the trenches come graduation.

Start applying to jobs early

I waited until a couple months before graduation to start applying for jobs. Big mistake. Big companies sometimes take months to even reply back to applications, so don’t be like me.

Get on a consistent sleep schedule

Start by going to sleep an hour earlier and waking up an hour earlier than you usually would. If there’s one thing they don’t teach you in college, it’s how tired you’ll be when you start working a 9-5. And if you have a longer commute like I do, you’ll have to wake up even earlier!

Get your health in check

If you’re prone to partying hard and eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at McDonald’s, there’s no better time to cut down than right now. You don’t need to become a health freak overnight, but form healthy habits while you have time. Once you start your career, you’ll find you have less time to focus on your health. If you start creating healthy habits now, it’ll be much easier for you in the future. And if you have doctor’s appointments to make, make them now. It’s a real pain trying to fit appointments into your work schedule, and if you don’t have a lax employer, you might have to use your paid time off for them.

Don’t get discouraged

This is kind of a broad piece of advice that could be applied to many aspects of your life, but it’s important. It’s natural that with change comes disappointment and stress. Didn’t get the job you wanted? Keep applying. Life after college not what you expected? It will get better. Being an adult takes practice, just like everything else. You can do it!

Don’t rush through your education and enjoy yourself.

You only experience undergrad once. I know the real world can be exciting, but relax. You’ve got the rest of your life to be an adult, enjoy your time NOW!

PS. If you're super freaking out about handling your college classes, then check out this post about How I manage my Time in College

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