What it’s like graduating college

I Just Graduated...Now What

I wanted to start a new series here on the blog called #ThursdayThoughts. In some ways, I feel like I’ve pigeoned myself into a bit of a hole by mainly talking about beauty and have wanted to branch out with my content for awhile now. To kick things off, I figured it was only appropriate to start with the largest life change I’ve experienced thus far, graduating college. It’s been a crazy last three weeks and I’m still trying to process everything. Writing has always helped, so here we are…

At the end of the school year, without any job prospects in sight, I decided that I was going to stay in Iowa until the end of my lease and come home after that. Then, in quite the turn of events, I was suddenly home for a week, employed, and working the next Monday (a story for another day). When I arrived home my mom had some brand new journals (always necessary to have one on hand) along with a book on my bed as a gift. The book is very appropriately titled, I Just Graduated…Now What? Hopefully it’ll help.

I didn’t think there’d be a life plan or anything along with my diploma, but I was at least hoping I’d feel a little more confident about the future once I walked across the stage. I’m starting to realize that the feeling I’m hoping for will most-likely never come. Being home is hard. I’ve suddenly burst into tears more than once when I’m driving and a song comes on that reminds me of my roommates. After work, it’s nice calling my boyfriend, but also sad. Before summers weren’t too terrible; we always had the August finish line to look forward to with visits in-between. Now it’s harder to figure out the next time we’ll see each other.

He's handsome, huh?

He’s handsome, huh?

I’ve so appreciated being home and know that my situation is better than most recent college grads. One major perk of my house: having a Mary Poppins purse-like pantry. Plus, my parents are pretty cool.

I’m not trying to complain. I just know that if I feel this way, there has to be at least one other person that has felt this way before too.

All in all, life is pretty good. Here are the main takeaways if you just want the highlights:

  1. Don’t ever wish college away. Ever. Even in the face of a cumulative final.
  2. NETWORK! If I hadn’t talked with a relative of a friend of my mom, I wouldn’t be at a desk right now (I’m on my lunch, don’t worry). 55 apps later and I had zip on the horizon. It ain’t easy out there, folks.
  3. Go with the flow. I’m a very high-strung person, so I’m trying to relax a little. Honestly, I was proud how flexible and non-stressed I was about starting a job so last minute, but things are great so far. As my boyfriend would say, “Chill.”
Would not have graduated without them

Would not have graduated without them

I think that’s everything for now. I’d definitely like to make this series a once-a-month deal, so I hope you all like it. I promise the next one will be cheerier. xoxo


1 Comment

  1. May 26, 2016 / 10:14 am

    Oh god, I have two years to graduate, and I am already dreading it 😀 I hope you have success for your future though 😛 Your b#posts are always great! Looking forward to this new series 🙂 – Anam

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