Just Graduated? Here's What You Need to Know

Just Graduated? Here's What You Need to Know

Karyn Elliot

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Congrats grad, the world is your oyster! Except not really. Even if you’ve spent your time preparing for the real world, there are still some things you may not be expecting.

You don’t need your childhood things.

Whether you’re graduating from high school, your first round of higher education, or your second, you don’t need to hold on to things from your childhood. Graduation is a time for growth and change. It’s a time for change, so shed the things you’ve been holding onto in the past.

Form your own opinions, and never stop learning.

The world around you is vast. There’s a lot happening, especially in today’s current political and social climate, and it can be hard to keep up with everything. Take the time to learn about the world around you. Pay attention to the news, even if it feels like nonsense. You don’t have to know everything about taxes, or what a Roth IRA is, or even what the GOP is, but pay attention. You’re better able to help the world and affect change if you know what’s happening.

Take a multivitamin.

Simply put, take care of yourself. Spend more time outside, eat a balanced diet, and get some exercise. Make sure you’re paying attention to your needs and set out with the intention of caring for those needs. Practice self-care. Just because you can buy cake for dinner, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. (Although, we have nothing against cake for dinner on the odd occasion!)

Take time to be PROUD of your accomplishments.

You just graduated. You juggled school work, a job (or three!), and your social life. You did the damn thing, so be proud of that! Sometimes people get caught up in the “what’s next?,” and forget to appreciate the effort they put into an accomplishment. Graduation is a big deal, and it’s a big milestone. Take the time to appreciate that. You worked really hard to earn that diploma, so enjoy it.

It’s okay if you don’t have it all figured out.

Growing up can be scary. You may feel pressure to have it all figured out—to know exactly what you’re doing and when. But honestly, that’s not how life works. You can change your mind about what you want to do once, twice, or even a hundred times. Change your major, change your career, change your hair color—just do whatever feels right to you.

What’s your best advice to the recent college graduate? Share with us in the comments!


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