Just 6 months ago, I finished up undergrad and graduated from Vanderbilt University. What. A. Freakin. Whirlwind.
While graduation was only six months ago, it feels like it’s been six years. I might even be aging (Is that a gray hair I see?). Okay, maybe not that aggressive, but it really does feel like it’s been a long time since I graduated simply because of how much I’ve learned and how much has changed.
This year has been incredible, and horrible, sometimes at the same time. It’s a season of learning and growth, and that comes with a lot of trial and error.
So, for anyone who is nearing graduation, or anyone who is in the same boat, I wanted to share what I’ve learned. So, without further ado, here is a list of the 6 biggest things I’ve learned since graduating!
1. YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT.
The pressure I felt in college to pursue one path or another, to go to certain social events, to be like my peers, has largely gone away. Why? Because in the real world, no one cares. Want to go to bed at 8pm? Okay. Want to try a new hobby? Sure. Want to stay in on Saturday night to drink wine and eat cheese? Do it. I know I will.
2. WORKING A 9-5 IS EXHAUSTING.
I had worked 9-5 at an internship that I loved in college. However, working as a paid employee, there is a whole new ball game of stressors that await.
Many times after a long work day, I’ve pulled up to my house, walked in the front door, and face planted on the couch. Certainly you wouldn’t be that drained from 8 hours at a desk, would you? Oh, but yes you would.
3. GAS IS FREAKING EXPENSIVE.
Now that I’ve graduated and drive far more than I did in college, I’ve recognized the true HORROR of gas and gas prices. I feel like I’m using half my income on gas!.If you need me, I’ll be over here wishing there was better public transportation options in Nashville.
4. YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP.
I have had multiple internships in different industries and currently have a full time job, but I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. And that’s okay.
Spoiler alert – no one actually has it figured out.
Did you know that the average person changes careers 3-7 times in their life? Not jobs, careers. As it turns out, changing your mind and then changing it again is just reality. Life throws your curveballs and that’s okay. You don’t need to know what you’re going to be when you grow up, because it’s probably going to change anyways.
5. THE SEASON OF LIFE AFTER YOU GRADUATE KIND OF SUCKS.
You’ve mastered school, you’ve tackled college, but the real world… it’s like you’re a freshman all over again, but worse. Suddenly you have to make new friends and navigate the real world and, oh yeah, make money – what the heck??
I don’t think I’ve spoken to a single recent grad who is like THIS ROCKS!!! Truly everyone is like yeah, my life is the pits right now. And that’s okay. If you’re in this season too, I hope you find a little bit of comfort in knowing that it sucks for everyone, not just you.
6. LIFE WILL ALWAYS CHANGE. GOD NEVER WILL.
Since this time last year, almost every area of my life has changed. Yet the character of God has stayed the same. The nature of God, the presence of God, the love of God has not changed one bit.
I know that it sounds a little bit cheesy. I even feel a little cheesy as I write it. BUT it is so true. I know that I can count on God to not change. He is steadfast in his love for us, so unbelievably faithful in the highs and the lows. Even when the trials come (and they suck), we know that God does not leave us in our trials. His power is made perfect in our weakness and we can know that He is near when we’re struggling. Even in this season, I have faith that God is working for my good.
Wow, what a topic. I hope that this was encouraging and informative for you all! If you are a recent grad or soon-to-be grad or just enjoyed this post, please leave me a comment! I’d love to connect with you!