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5 Things to Remember After College Graduation

Because change is coming.
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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.

Accept change.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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