The last two years of high school every teacher talked about getting us ready for college. I guess they did a good job because the transition to college was relatively painless. I packed up all of my stuff and moved to Boulder but for the most part, transitioning was easy.
Nobody talks about transitioning out of college, into the real world, where your life is a brand new place. I’m writing this because I found the transition from college to life after college to be much harder than I expected.
Everyone I’ve talked to about the transition agrees. Nobody talks about this transition much, so I thought I’d write a little something about it. This is the advice that I wish someone had given me about life after college:
- Prepare for your world to change. There’s no more Spring break or three months off for summer. Wednesday is just Wednesday from here on out.
- Your first job out of college won’t make you or break you, most likely. Finding great people to work with is most important.
- As soon as you get out of college, join a gym. Figure out a time to go and go. Or run. Make sure you stay active somehow, because life gets in the way really quickly when you don’t have the comfortable lattice of school.
- Go to group dinners and put everyone’s phone in a bag. Great conversations ensue.
- Keep those hobbies going. Keep playing soccer, or pool, or surfing. Keep doing yoga. Keep reading. Keep doing you. You’ll develop some great friends around those interests.
- Happiness is already built in, you just need to look around. Getting to whatever that thing is won’t make you happy long-term.
- Play with your schedule. Wake up earlier, go to bed later. Time-shifting is your friend.
- Work hard, be nice to people. If you make eye contact, say hi. Everybody felt this way at some point, you’re not the only one who’s uncomfortable.
- The un-comfortability is good for you. Comfort zones need to be stretched.
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