Hello everyone! We have made it. Since my last personal anecdote, a lot has changed. It’s been 4 months into post-grad! Surprisingly, I’m doing just fine. It’s all fine 🙂
With commencement over, my full-time job continuing on, and groups of my classmates starting to move away from San Diego, I decided this was the perfect time to sit down and reflect on the past couple of months.
Although I had graduated and finished taking my classes back in March, I can honestly say it finally feels real. Spring quarter of this school year gave me a plethora of experiences. Each week flew by so fast to the point that I am just now starting to process all the moments that have occurred. From experiencing my last Sun God Festival to taking graduation portraits with my closest friends, these past few months have honestly been a blur. Things happened in a blink of an eye. It’s wild to think about.
But then again, that’s college itself.
Bits and pieces of each school year play around in my head. Ultimately, it’s hard to remember and summarize every single college experience I’ve had. From the first time setting foot on campus to the last step down the ramp at commencement, college has allowed me to travel miles and miles to experience some of the best memories with some of the best people I can have during this time of my life.
As we get farther and farther away from commencement, I wanted to leave some thoughts here that have been in my head for while along with insight from mentors that have definitely shaped the way I view this new chapter.
- This is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.
Freshly graduated 22 year old trying to figure what the heck to do next. With this new found free time and the endless possibilities, you’re free to explore anything. This will be the youngest you’ll ever be in your career, so take advantage of it. Take a break and travel the world. Try out a new hobby that you’ve been putting off because of studying and homework. Apply to a wide variety of jobs to explore your different passions and see where your career can take you. Your early 20s are the best time to just live and explore a lil.
2. It’s okay to not have it all figured out.
Because honestly, who really does? I’ve been taking it day-by-day, trying to get into the swing of things. Since working full-time, I’m still trying to figure out how to balance everything and make things work. There’s so much freedom and time now, I can’t wait to figure out what to do with it. I want to be more smart with my money. I want to prioritize time to be more in tune with my well-being. I want to figure out how to grow my network and continue to cultivate the relationships I have. At the end of the day, I still don’t know what exactly I’m doing and how to achieve those goals for myself. And it’s okay. It’s a work in progress! We’ll get there soon!
3. Learning continues after college
You got a whole life of learning ahead of you. Like seriously?
I can finally read for pleasure (LOL!) I’ve been using my free time to watch YouTube videos on new random skills I want to learn like floral design and knitting. I’ve also been on the look out for local workshops and classes I can take to dive more into new topics I am interested in that were’t available to me at my university. Of course, travel has definitely been my favorite way to learn new things. I hope to continue to explore the globe and to learn more about what is around me (Let me save up first hehe).
4. Surround yourself with positive energy
Find those who will continue to inspire you! Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed and will support you along the way. Positive energy is infectious, so keep the good in your life!
It’s refreshing catching up with friends, being able to hear their dreams in life. They inspire me to continue reaching for my own goals too! As for networking, take the time to meet new people who may share the same interests as you or are in the career field you would like to pursue. I will never regret the mxntors I was able to find through the networking events, Instagram DMs, and coffee dates I’ve participated in. Continue to grow your network with people who will uplift you in all aspects of your life.
5. Trust the process
Always. It’s going to take some time to finally understand what you want to do, where you want go, and who you want to be. Be patient. You’ll get to where you need to be. Trust your talents and abilities. You’ll achieve greatness.
There’s beauty in the unknown.
For the first time in a while, I don’t have a coherent plan for what’s next after San Diego… and that’s okay! I am excited to see what unfolds in the next couple of months. It’s going to be a quite an adventure.
For those who may also be in the same boat, hang in there. You have a whole life ahead of you. You’re doing great so far. 🙂