Mastering the Transition from College to the Real World
This blog piece has some great points. My friends and I experienced many of the examples illustrated within. But at the end of the day you can do it!
My best tips are to: surround yourself with people you like to spend time with and support, do you best to stay in touch with as many college friends as possible, explore you new city if you are able to move out of you parents’ home, and listen to a lot of music — it’s fun, de-stressing, and can rock your world in good and bad moments. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations, it’s ok if you do not know anyone in the room.
After all when you first started college, it’s likely you didn’t know very many people, and yet it was some of the best years of your life — I know it was for me. I needed to for housing — but I met loads of new people by living in a hostel for a semester. Some people were long -term like me and others just passing through. I have been the backpacker before, but this was different. I met extraordinary people many of whom I still hang out with today. I think I’ve mentioned this experience in other posts, but I reiterate it because it was so meaningful.
I know I wish I had more time to read for fun or write for fun (plays and songs) like I used to. I still do sometimes. Although I am much better at time management than I was before it’s important to keep exercising the skill.
For many non-traditional students, Commencement Day will be a day of celebration on a Saturday or Sunday, followed by back to work on Monday morning. The adult or non-traditional learner has mastered the art of juggling school, family and work, and will look at graduation as an opportunity to take a breath. Fitting classes into work and family life is not easy, and completing that final course means that you have just gained back a significant amount of time per week to fill with new responsibilities perhaps, and best of all, you now have the degree that you desired.
For traditional students, those students who graduated from high school and went directly to college, the transition from college to the next stage in your life, the real world as it is sometimes referred, can be more dramatic. Alena Hall, in her article on the Huffington Post last Friday, puts it…
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