You can finally say that you have a Bachelor’s degree in [enter your major here]. You’ve popped bottles, posted pics on Instagram, you’ve celebrated in every possible way you can think off. But when the confetti has cleared and the balloons are deflated, you’re only left with “now what?” Like, really. Now what?
1.) Create new goals.
I think it’s safe to say that you’ve already accomplished a major goal, and maybe some smaller goals along the way. That said, what are you looking forward to? Do you still want to land your dream job, or do you have different career aspirations? What about your personal goals? Are you looking to eat healthier, exercise more, maintain friendships? Do you want to travel, or invest your time in starting your pet sitting business? Whatever you want to do, set goals for accomplishing them. Make a plan, create a vision board–do whatever you have to do to get started on your new dreams.
2.) Reflect, don’t regret.
Think back on the past four years. You’ve had many ups and downs, but what did you learn from them? Did you realize that you need to make a few changes, let some people go, break some habits? Do you think you need to adopt something, like more positive self-talk? No matter what your college experience has brought to you, use your good and bad experiences to direct you as you move forward in life. You have many more lessons to learn, and if you don’t learn them, they’ll keep repeating themselves. More importantly, don’t regret anything you’ve done; everything happens for a reason.
3.) Find yourself… Again.
People grow. People change. As we change, we find ourselves. The person you are now isn’t the same person that moved into the freshman dorms four years ago. Maybe you thought you knew who you were, but since undergrad is done, your college identity is a thing of the past. So who are you now? Who do you want to be? Where do you want to be? No matter what, be honest with yourself about what you want and what you need. You’ll find your place eventually.
Congratulations to all of the graduates out there! We wish you luck on everything you set out to do, and we sincerely hope that you are granted everything your heart desires.