I finally graduated from college!
But the procrastination didn’t stop there! I’ve been trying to write this post since May 8th when I graduated. So let’s just pretend that I did this in a timely matter and not a whole month later. Moving on…
So after 4 years of blood, sweat, tears, confusion, contemplating dropping out, and struggling, I managed to graduate summa cum laude! (& you can too, with these tips on how to boost your GPA)
All I can think about as I write this post (and in the days leading up to graduation) is my time in undergrad. The fact that Snapchat always sends me notifications of my memories doesn’t help either!
I could go on and on about how I feel like I started freshman year two weeks ago and now it’s done, but I’m not going to.
I will say this – the idea of being a college graduate hasn’t sunk in yet. It still doesn’t feel real.
This is most likely because I haven’t started working yet so I feel like I’m on another summer break.
P.S. If you’re a recent college grad or will be graduating soon, you’ll definitely want to join the community and get help with the struggle of life after college!
I remember starting college as a naive freshman just excited to be on my own for the first time. I had only been in the US for about a year at that point so I was still getting used to things.
Since then, I’ve made friends and I’ve lost friends. I lost some friends I thought I’d never lose.
I went through countless ups and downs both personally and academically.
I endured several moments of feeling lost and unsure about my life and major.
I’ve learned and I’ve grown.
And I’m still growing…
To all the college students reading:
A word of advice – hang in there!
You only have to go to that 8 am for one semester.
It’s okay if you don’t enjoy your major anymore and you want to change it, do what’s best for you. Don’t worry about what people will say. It’s your life.
You’ll get over that person.
Being stressed out and on the verge of breaking down is actually pretty common. You’re not alone. Even your friends who seem to have it together go through the same thing. (I sure did, people just didn’t know)
TREAT YOURSELF – you’ve been working hard! YOU DESERVE IT.
It doesn’t matter if your progress doesn’t seem like much compared to others. It only matters compared to where you were. Stop comparing yourself to everyone else who seems to have their life together.
Last and most importantly…
YOU COME FIRST.
Make sure that you are happy and mentally okay above all else. Adjust everything else in your life to make sure YOU come first.
(I say all of this because not everyone understands or talks about the internal struggle we all go through while in college. I can sit here and talk about getting your homework done and what not but there’s more to it than that.)
What have I been doing?
Taking a well-deserved break, that’s what.
Although I’ve been trying to relax my mind and body, I’ve still been a little stressed out.
Everyone seems to have their ideas on what I should do with my life. I’m getting suggestions and unsolicited advice left and right.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know people mean well and they’re trying to help out because they care.
But it’s my life.
I had to realize that the decision on whatever I decide to do is ultimately mine and whether or not people’s opinions affect me depends on if I let it.
What’s next for me?
I’ll be starting my new job in July as a consulting analyst for a major accounting firm. In the meantime, I plan to travel, reflect, and prepare for the next phase of my life.
I chose to start working in July because that was actually the earliest available start date at my new job. I’m very happy to get this break off after graduating because I need it so bad!
A lot of college grads start work within a few days or weeks after they graduate. On one end – it may be necessary if you have bills or you just prefer to keep a steady flow of income. But on the other hand, you just graduated from college after 4 (or more) years! (You deserve a break!)
What’s Next for The Metamorphosis?
Now that I have some free time, I’m going to be posting a lot more often.
I have a couple of college posts that have been rotting away in my drafts because I was so busy with school.
Despite the fact that I already graduated, I’m still going to continue posting about college up until the end of July. These will mainly be my drafts and lists of college posts I’ve been meaning to write.
I figured it’s better to just send them out while college is still fresh in my mind instead of trying to add them in at a later point when I start working and it doesn’t feel organic anymore.
So what’s going to be new?
The adulting stuff!
If you don’t already know, The Metamorphosis is about growth.
The best part is that it will be organic because I’m going to share these tips and experiences as I go through them.
I’m going to include tips for managing your money, health & wellness, self-care, and navigating the working world.
I’m also going to let you in on the struggles of life after college so you know what to prepare for!
But most importantly…
I’m going to be more transparent and personal in my posts.
I think I’ve written enough advice pieces and tips about college that are helpful but also straight to the point.
In my future posts on growth and other personal matters, I’m going to share more of my experiences and be more relatable instead of sounding like a robot giving advice.
Being the introvert that I am, I value connections with people so I think it’s only right that I try to create one.
My blog went from me being the only person that viewed it to over 50,000 views per month (and rapidly increasing).
With that many amazing readers, I feel obligated to do more than I’ve been doing and engage with you guys more. With that being said, if you ever want to chat or need advice about college/life after college or whatever, don’t hesitate to send me an email! (email@example.com or use my contact form)
That’s all I have for you guys. Thank you so much for reading! 🙂