Congratulations! You’ve just finished college and earned your degree. You’re now off to bigger and better things, like finding a full-time job in your field or even traveling, now that you have more time on your hands.
For four years, you’ve had some kind of set routine for yourself, right? Pack a few days before move in day, get to know your roommates, go to every class every semester, get good grades, and make time for yourself.
But, there’s one thing college graduates never tell you — you’ll eventually start to have withdrawals because you’re so used to going to class every day and being away from home.
Are you currently one of those former students trying to figure out what to do with yourself now that you’re done with college? Well, today’s your lucky day! Here are a few things you can do to keep your mind off of your “college withdrawals.”
1. Take a year off.
College can be a stressful four years of your life. It can also take a toll on your body. So, when you graduate, instead of jumping right into your future goals, do yourself and your body a favor and give yourself a year off to rest and recharge. Post-graduation, you have all the time in the world to achieve the goals you set. Don’t rush. Take care of yourself first. Trust me, your body will thank you for the break later.
2. Find a full-time job.
Did the part-time job you had in college pay enough? Did it pay enough for you to survive on your own when you were away from home? If you get bored easily and want to get out of the house for most of the day, a full-time job’s perfect for you. Look for a job that not only pays good money, but offers good hours and benefits, too. Getting out of the house and going to work is extremely rewarding. You’ll be proud of yourself when that paycheck comes.
3. Make plans with the friends you didn’t get to see much in college.
We all know college breaks are short — too short. Even when we get ready for the first day of classes, we are also secretly planning break plans with friends back home. When those long-awaited breaks come, though, they fly by way too quickly. There never seems to be enough time to see every friend we planned to see. Now that you’re home, make plans with those people you didn’t get to see often on your college breaks. They’ll appreciate seeing you and will definitely tell you how much they’ve missed you.
4. Treat yourself to your favorite homemade meal.
OK, come on now; let’s be real. The food at some colleges is decent, but it’s nothing like the food your family makes. If you lived on campus, you you probably got sick of college food and craved homemade meals because college food doesn’t taste the same as homestyle favorites. Well, you’re home now, so you don’t have to eat that crummy college food any longer. Go to the grocery store, splurge like crazy, and satisfy all those cravings you couldn’t in college. Your stomach will thank you after you’ve eaten some real food. Believe me on this one.
5. Get some much needed sleep.
Almost every college student loves dorm life. You bring stuff from home, get to decorate your dorm, and most importantly, make your room look nice. Nothing beats being in your own room at home though. When you get home after graduation, collapse onto your bed, and take a long nap. I mean, yeah, you probably took naps in your dorm, but you no longer have to worry about over-sleeping and getting to class on time. Now, you can nap for as long as you want. Who doesn’t love a much-needed, hours-long nap?
College withdraws can be tough for recent college graduates to move past. These tips will help you figure out what’s next post-college extremely quickly. Have anything you’d like to add to this list? Tell us below in the comments!