So I know that sometimes all you see is post after post about how 20-somethings need to learn this or that and about how we need to grow up.
That’s juxtaposed with posts about we all just want to be back in college when things were “easier” or “funner.”
Breaking News: Post Grad Life with a job is actually a heck-of-a-lot funner.
If you have a job, you are already over a major hurdle. This post assumes that is the case. Sorry, it’s my post, that’s the rule today.
This post is “for real doe” approved. (Sorry, these are my photoshop skillz)
Here’s why post grad life is actually awesome:
You make money
Your starting salary is your starting salary. If you are lucky enough to be able to completely support yourself and get a place on your own, congratulations. If not, that’s perfectly fine.
There are variations of making money, but the best is when you figure out how to balance your budget. It’s literally having gold.
You get to decide what to do with it. It’s exciting, and a bit terrifying but I’ve found the best things typically are.
So, look forward to that green stuff lighting up your wallet. It doesn’t have to just vanish either.
That being said… DISCLAIMER: PLEASE PAY YOUR BILLS… ok Mom moment over.
Sleeping is an actual thing again
One of the things you probably said in college was “hey, I don’t get enough sleep.”
WHOOP WHOOP: SLEEP IS BACK IN TOWN!
I met a post grad who told me she had literally gotten at least 8 hour of sleep since she’d graduated. That was six months after graduation for her. I have no doubt that’s the absolute truth.
Yes, you will be tired after work, but you control your schedule. Want to go to bed at 8 p.m.? No problem!
Now, that comes with the typical, “but I won’t have a social life.”
Yeah, but part of being a post grad is learning how to make real friends. I’ve talked before about how finding people your age and at your stage in life is hard. But it’s also great when you make a real friend.
I mean, the person who will come over after work and watch YouTube videos with you. Or who will listen to your #digitalcontentdrama. Those people understand you need sleep because guess what, they need it too!
In fact, we all do. So the whole “I just want to go to bed” thing is totally understandable.
You get to practice what you know … and learn some more
You spent four (or three, or five or…) years working to learn a skill set or a certain amount of knowledge at university. Now it’s time to put that to practice.
I’m lucky that I wear a lot of different hats and get to try out a lot of different roles. I get to grow and evolve as my duties demand, which is amazing.
But all that studying, all those papers and packages and presentations get lived out right in front of you.
You get to debate because you literally have the degree in it.
That comes with a caveat: you will keep learning if you want to succeed. It’s a part of the cycle. Embrace it, accept it. Failure is a part of it as is sweet success.
The struggle is part of the fun
Someone recently told me they didn’t think people should be experts at anything in their 20s.
My first inclination was to think that’s awfully pessimistic but once I stepped away from my foolish pride, I realized they were right.
You’re not an expert, minus genius-like statuses. In such case: please be my friend. (See, making friends is hard!)
But honestly, you’re not an expert. You get to grow and fail and learn and try. Grades are gone. It’s just you and work and it all really matters in that, you are held financially responsible.
It can be downright nightmarish but that’s why people watch horror movies, right? It’s part of the fun.
So struggle, fail, but never accept it. Demand more from yourself.
Push yourself. It’s much more rewarding to know you got there not because someone made you but because you did it.
Hope you enjoyed this.
Oh, and of course, TAKE RISKS!