Well, congratulations Class of 2017, and welcome to the “real world” as they say!! It has been quite a learning experience these past 4 years, and whether you think so or not, I bet you’re prepared to take on what this crazy world has to offer each and everyday. It’s not easy jumping into things when we are so used to summers off with funds from easy summer gigs and some mum & dad freebies…. Now it is strictly working for the weekend & those student loans! … Although that statement seems negative in thought- this post is on the exciting new chapter of life, and how to achieve the best outcome.
‘You’re as free as a bird'” or “the world is your oyster”…. You’ve heard it all recently- and I’m sure they’ll keep on coming for about at least a year or two. But if you really get to thinking… It is a new page/ chapter of your own book that you are writing. Take any exciting, rewarding & challenging opportunity- because now is the time to do it. Apply for the job that you’re most interested in, go on the VK you’ve been dreaming, or go for the new pricey top you’ve been eyeing. You deserve it. You’ve been working for 4 years becoming well educated to accomplish some life long goals. Education is incredibly important, and it is something that will forever guide you through the rest of your journey, marketing yourself place to place.
Whether you’re taking the summer off, looking for a job, or beginning a job, you’re not alone. It is hard to start at the bottom. I have seen what it is like to be at the bottom of the barrel from many of my family members and peers. You think you can take on the world the day after graduation but the harsh reality is, it is a tough world out there! BUT, there are ways to get through it. Take each day & opportunity and learn from it, reward yourself with leisure time, and time well spent with family and friends. Soak up every learning experience, mistake, or mishap and grow. Stay humble when reaching the top through the various achievements you will make. Don’t take it all too seriously, and remember there is always tomorrow. Don’t forget to work hard, and most importantly make yourself proud. It is okay to feel all the feels, or even frustrated or upset- this is a crucial time to live and learn. Don’t let others bring you down, instead be the one to bring them UP.
Don’t judge a book by its cover, and be open to new people and adventures- you won’t regret it. Take more time for yourself- no more studying, or papers to write, so spend time becoming a better version of yourself, the one everyone wants to be around and spend time with. Take this time to work on your health and fitness. There is a long road ahead, and it will only be successful if you take care of yourself first and foremost. Make sure to meet your friends after work, take a coffee break, and most importantly laugh it off. You’re young. You’re never fully dressed without a smile, so make sure even if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed- pull it together. Respect yourself, and the others around you, and you will feel accomplished within.
Best of luck with all of the endeavors you will come across & experience. Be brave, be bold, and be fearless. You’ve got nothing to loose- it’s all in your hands. Stay positive and keep on going.
“What she tackles, she conquers” – Richard Gilmore