It’s been almost one year since I graduated from college and I have to say that it has been the most challenging year in my life. In one short year, I have accomplished so much and learned that the post-grad life isn’t all that awesome. I landed my first job at a private PR agency and quickly transitioned into the position I am at currently, which I love. I started living by myself, met an amazing guy in the most unexpected way possibly, moved cities, and mended relationships with long lost friends.
If I could share some “wise” advice to my college self, it would definitely ease the transition from my college sorority life to my post-grad working life. So here it goes!
1. Enjoy your college years, don’t rush to graduate early, take on every opportunity that comes at you and never close any doors.
2. Find your #BFFL, because a girl without any girl friends is pathetic. In the post-grad life, keeping up with relationship becomes exhausting due to lack of time and different schedules but no matter how busy you get, your #BFFL will always be there for you.
3. Take internships but make it relevant. If you want to work in the entertainment industry, make sure to seek those internships, don’t jump around from internship to internship and still do not know what you want to do in life.
4. Learn how to budget and not overspend. Pay every single bill on time. (I am still horrible at budgeting…it’s just so tempting to buy whatever I want because I feel like I earned it)
5. Find one thing you are good at and find ways to make yourself even better at it. When you are seeking your first job, it distinguish you from all the other 20 something job seekers.
6. Read relevant books. Yes, it’s entertaining to read Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey but you will be surprised that books about life and biographies are rather interesting and have good take-aways.
7. Find a hobby and shopping does not count.
8. Don’t plan your life around “the one”. One thing I realized in college that nothing is forever, one day you can not live without them, the next, you are living without them and perfectly fine. Your twenties are suppose to be spent exploring who you are and what you want to be. When the time is right, “the one” will be in your life in the most unexpected way.
Even though I miss my reckless college sorority years, hate paying bills and having more responsibility than I am used to but I am beyond content and anxious about what my next step will be, whether it’s in my career or my personal life. Like what one of my best friend tells me “The best is yet to come.”