In 2012, I graduated from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & a minor in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. I struggled for a long time to find a job, as many college grads do these days.  I graduated & felt confused. You go to school all your life thinking that university is going to be the answer to everything. But it's not. It's just the beginning. Here's the real truth about life after university.

Here's a photo of me taken by my roommate, Katie, when I got my Cum Laude Honors certificate.  I had no idea until I got a call to pick up something at the dean's office. Cum Laude Honors is a 3.5 or higher grade point average out of 4.0. There are higher honors, however. Around May 2012.

The truth about life after college won't get a job right away. Unless you've got some major connections or a sought after degree, you aren't going to get the perfect job immediately upon graduation. It took me almost a year to get a job after I got my tassel. Then it took another year of working in entry level jobs to get to a decent spot. It's hard, but that's how it goes.

The truth about life after college may start to feel lost. After university you may feel a bit bummed. Everything you knew about the last 15+ years of your life has been school. Now you're done with it. It's behind you (unless you get your masters or more). We spend day after day at school, so there comes a day when you find yourself sleeping in, jobless, & not knowing what to do with yourself. 

The truth about life after college'll owe a lot of money. If you're lucky enough to have your parents help you out, you don't have to worry (or if you live in a wonderful place where education is free). Then there are some of you who have to pay for everything yourself -- be it through scholarship, payment plan, loan, or what have you. Start saving now because the bills will add up.

Studying for finals with my roomie, Katie. We were roommates all 4 years of college. At this point, I was about to graduate so I had a part time job, internship, & full time university class load -- I was also heavily focused on my minor classes which were all health science. Around May 2012.

The truth about life after college won't remain friends with everyone. Yes, there are a select few with whom you will keep in touch. These are friends for life. But most everyone else will become figures of the past. You'll move away, you won't see them as often, time moves on. Those college frat parties are memories long gone. Now you're working full time in an office. The times have changed.

The truth about life after college may go back to school. You may laugh now, but one day you may consider going back to school. For example, two years after you graduate with your fine arts degree you may realize you wanted to go into dentistry. Or you may go back to school to truly master your art.

The truth about life after college'll realize how much you've grown. Eventually you can't help but laugh when you look back at your freshman university ID. Look how short your hair was. You look like a baby. You used to wear only jeans & a t-shirt. You had never had Thai food before. You never spent Christmas away from home. College helps you grow & learn who you truly are.

College are some of the best years of your life. You're old enough to live your own life but young enough to not have all the responsibilities of a full-fledged adult. What did you learn after graduation? Are you in school? :]

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