You've been preparing for the "real world" since you were born. You've been told that a student's life is easier, that you need to step up or the world will eat you alive once you finish school, that you should start saving up because you won't have allowance once you start working. You've been given unsolicited life advice way too many times that their words can feel overwhelming most of the time. Now that you finally earned your college diploma, you can't help but ask yourself, "What's next?"
We know that this transition period in your life won't be easy, but we'll be with you, Candy Girls. Here are a few things to remember once you step into "the jungle," as people say. You'll be fine, trust us.
You've been going to school for two decades and it certainly won't be easy not knowing what you're going to do tomorrow, next week, or next month. The next days and months will come with great changes: getting a job, earning your first paycheck, applying for a lot of official documents, etc. Learning how to cope and adjust should become a part of your system.
However, don't forget that learning how to deal with them won't come easy. You've been used to relying on a schedule and deadlines when you were in school. It will take some time before you can complete adjust to this new routine of taking full charge of your life.
Know that things won't always go according to plan.
Remember that not everything will go the way you want them to. Maybe you're planning to land your first job in three months, save up a certain amount of cash at the end of the year, take a break for a while, or try out graduate school a year from now. Having plans is great. It will help guide you and shape your career.
But when you don't meet a couple of them, don't beat yourself up over it. When you were still in school, you had a routine: wake up, take your classes and exams, eat, go home, finish your requirements. You were guided by your school's calendar and you had goals set for each day. Once you graduate, you're going to start coming up with a new one and making decisions that will affect your life in one way or another.
Learn to slow down.
You've been so used to juggling your responsibilities when you were still a student. You've been somehow trained to handle as many things as you can in one day. During your first few months out of college, you'll find yourself having nothing to do most of the time. And once you land a job? There's enough time, most of the time, to breathe.
Take these moments as signals to give your body some much-needed break. There's nothing wrong about enjoying a few hours or days to get some rest and re-energize. Rest is vital so you can be at your best.
Keep your passions close.
Leave enough time for you to be able to do what you are passionate about. Take classes on Saturdays, or allot an hour or two before bedtime to finish a personal passion project. Working on something that truly fulfills you is essential for you to feel lasting happiness.
Have a steady support system.
Going through a lot of changes will be difficult at times. For moments when you just can't seem to handle everything, you will need your loved ones to encourage you to keep going. Don't be afraid to open up to them whenever you're feeling lost. Don't be afraid to ask them questions and about their experiences on how they handled things after college, and learn from them. Don't be afraid to ask assistance and help.
And lastly, Candy Girls, whatever happens don't forget to have fun! Trust us when we say that none of us has fully understood how this whole "real world" thing works. Just open yourselves to learning new things every single day, and you'll be good.