Are you feeling the itch to be done with the semester? Or maybe you are feeling like you are absolutely ready to graduate. Whether you have several weeks until graduation or another year, we wanted to share with you some of our best advice we wish we knew before we left college!
1. Stay in touch
This is key to ensure long lasting relationships with friends, colleagues, professors, advisors, and even old supervisors from past jobs or internships. People always appreciate the effort you put forth into catching up and learning about what is currently happening in their lives or work environment. Who knows what type of opportunities might come from just chatting with your old boss. Added bonus: continuing to keep these relationships alive make for great references in the future!
I am sure your parents, aunts, and uncles are continuously jamming this idea into your head, but it's true! Even though it might be a bit awkward at first, it is a skill you will take with you way past your college days. Does your campus host networking events with local employers and businessmen and women in the community? Not only do these events offer awesome opportunities to network, but sometimes you can reap the benefits of...you guessed it: free snacks! Can't beat that.
3. Quit comparing yourself to others
We all have those individuals in our lives who always seem to be just one step ahead; the friend that gets a job months before graduation, a colleague who gets the promotion you were looking for at your internship, etc. Everyone's path to get closer to their dreams in different than your own, and that is a good thing. Don't waste energy on keeping up with the joneses and instead focus on the things and ways that are going to get your further down your path and closer to your dream.
4. Save money
Did you spend some time during the school year and summer break working and earning some money? While you might have chosen to spend some money shopping at the closest mall (or online), buying some delicious groceries, and let's face it..probably alcohol, it's important that you remember also to save some money! Do we sound like a broken record? We're sure your parents have been hammering the same message into your brain for years now, but they can't be more right! Planning ahead for the future begins now, and it never hurts to get an early start on saving.
5. Leave the stress behind
Are you approaching graduation and feeling stressed about not having a job lined up yet? Don't do that. On top of final exams, presentations, and papers, which are probably causing you enough stress, don't add being jobless to the list, yet. Instead, see it as a silver lining to enjoy your summer and a bit of freedom before hitting the ground running into adulthood. Don't leave job applications completely by the wayside, but if you leave the stress behind, you will have more positive energy to focus on landing the perfect job.
6. Explore the town
Have you spent four years on this college campus and never ventured down a certain street or headed to one of the locals favorite hangout spots? Now is the time to seize the days ahead and check out all of the interesting and unique attractions your college town and community has to offer! Skip the coffee served in the cafeteria and head out to the local cafe to study, check out the local parks after lunch, or go to a dive bar that you and your friends have been meaning to try!
7. Get ready to be prepared
Whether you need to prepare for the job hunt or interviews, either way, soak up all the advice you can from professors, colleagues, and advisors before you head off campus for good! Your college might have some incredible resources on campus. These resources can help you prepare for the next phase of your life so we suggest that you attend all that they offer so you can prepare yourself to head off into the real world armed and ready to go.
8. Lastly, enjoy the last few weeks!
Maybe you live with some of the best friends you made during college, or maybe you live right down the street. Either way, this is one of the last times you might all be within a 5-10 minute radius from each other so soak it up and spend time with your classmates and enjoy each other's company. Believe us when we see you will definitely miss some of these simpler times of your life!