5 Tips for Surviving The First Year After College
I started to lose hope after facing a lot of rejection.
My first year after college was tough because I thought I was going to have an outpour of opportunities. I started to lose hope after facing a lot of rejection. But I kept pushing until I started to see results. However, this is a guide I wish I had during my first year after college as an undergrad.
Here’s are five things you can do to have a successful first year after college:
- Have a job lined up before graduation.
- Take a vacation.
- Get a paid internship.
- Go to a dream destination.
- Spend time with loved ones.
Have a job lined up before graduation
I can’t stress how crucial this is. Having a job already in place before graduation puts you in good standing. You save so much time and frustration by putting yourself out there early on. It also gives you a chance to build a strong network of colleagues that you can always turn to. And to mention, it sets a foundation for you to move out on your own and/or save for the next tip.
Take a vacation
College is stressful in and out of the classroom. Once that cap and gown are safely stored in your closet after your big day, take a much-needed break. Go out of town for a few days, visit old friends or family. Take some ‘me’ time. Woosah. You deserve it.
Get a paid internship
Much like getting a job before graduation, having a paid internship can be just as good. It can give you some experience over the summer while earning some extra cash. Internships are easier because they allow you to make mistakes and grow. Also, everyone in the office knows that you’re new, not just new to the job, but ‘green’ to the industry, so its easier to ask questions. The internship can be a stepping stone towards a job.
Go to a dream destination
Somewhere along the line, it would be a good idea to visit a dream destination. Have you ever wanted to go to Africa, Japan, or Italy? I’ve heard it said that experiencing new cultures makes for a well-rounded person. There are programs for people to explore their chosen field while traveling. Some have an age limit and others may require that you are in college in order to be eligible. I think that its worth setting aside time to look into it.
Spend time with loved ones
If its possible, take some time to reconnect with loved ones. If your school is out of town, going back home for a while may be worth it. Seeing loved ones can also be a chance to refocus and redirect yourself because it can be relaxing, especially after college graduation.
Those were five things you can do to survive the first year after college. I’m sure there are a plethora of other things to do such as taking on a new hobby, volunteering, engaging in community activism, etc. I hope this has given you some insight and I wish you all the best.