I keep seeing blogs from friends about what they’d teach themselves as freshman, the highlights of their college career, or what they’ll miss about college. First and foremost, I’d like to congratulate the class of 2015. It’s amazing how fast time flies, especially in the best years of your life at college. However, this post isn’t about what I wish I would’ve known or what I miss, but for all of my friends on what awesomeness is about to come.
I know most people have read posts on how awful post-grad life is, but there are many pros to being out of college. So for all of you graduating, this one’s for you.
1. Graduation is the scariest part. Yes, you may not have a job or a plan yet. However, walking across that stage at graduation is the scariest part of entering the “post-grad” life. Even if you don’t know what’s next, you’ll find it out sooner rather than later… and by later I mean before school loans kick in.
2. Grocery shopping is cheaper. When you actually have time to cook and go to the grocery store, it’s a lot cheaper than when it was in college. I’ve cut my grocery bill in half pretty much, and while I don’t always want to cook after a long day at work it feels good to cook a meal for myself, that’s not mac n’ cheese.
3. Bills are manageable if you do the math right. I was a journalism major, and I hate to let a stereotype define me in that way but I have never been good at budgeting or math. However, with an actual salary and figuring out what I could afford, bills are manageable. As long as you split up your rent payment with one paycheck and the majority of bills with another in a month, you’ll manage easily!
4. Find a good apartment. There are always good deals when trying to find an apartment, you just have to look hard enough. Do your research and do it thoroughly. While you may want the expensive neighborhood right downtown, it may not be the smartest choice. Always look for places just re-done, because if it’s an old building but brand new inside, you’re likely to find a deal because they want to fill it.
5. Always think of what a great time you had in college, and how to do that post-college. The fun doesn’t end when college ends. The one beauty of post-grad life is that why you may not be making a lot, but you still have more than you did in college. Think about it, you have an apartment you pay for, a job, an understanding of which cheap wine tastes really good, and an adventure that’s ready to begin.
5 things, not 5 things that sum up post-grad life but 5 things you know you can look forward to. Yes, there are bills and responsibilities. However, for the first time you call the shots entirely and can decide wherever you want to go. Even if it isn’t what everyone else is doing, it’d be what you feel like you should be doing. As long as you get past walking across that stage, everything will be ok… I promise.