May 7th will mark one year since I graduated from undergrad. To say that this year has flown by would be an understatement. Life after graduation has been interesting and unpredictable yet fun. Let’s dive into what’s changed in my life since graduation and some tips for making the best of your first year after undergrad.
What’s New with Me
If you’re a loyal reader or follow me on Instagram, you know I currently live in New York and work in the PR industry. This has been the biggest change for me since graduation. Moving miles away from my family and embarking on this journey was scary, but it has been so rewarding. I literally love this city, love my roommates and I love my job (even though prior to graduation you couldn’t tell me that I would be working in PR). Even though I miss my family, this has been a great opportunity and learning experience for me.
The ending of one chapter sparked the launch of a new one. One year ago, I also started Tenaciously Tanece. Blogging was something that I had been wanting to do for a while at the time, and I finally decided to give it a shot. Over the past year, it has been a huge learning experience for me. I’ve learned more about my work habits and creative processes, and I’ve been able to see my blog grow! It’s very difficult balancing blogging and working, but it’s so rewarding to see the fruits of my labor.
Tips for Year One After Undergrad
My first blog post on Tenaciously Tanece gave five tips for what I wish I would have learned earlier in my college career. Since then, here’s what I’ve learned.
The Learning Never Stops
I remember being in college and wishing graduation would hurry. I was so tired of school work and going to class. However, after you graduate, the learning doesn’t stop there (or it shouldn’t). I’ve learned something new every day since graduation and look forward to learning more. In the professional world, I think its important to be a lifelong student. That’s the only way you will be able to stay on top of the latest trends in your field.
If you’re like most people who graduate with student loans, I would recommend saving as soon as you can. I would even go as far to say to save some of your graduation money for future student loan payments – especially if you aren’t planning on going to grad school immediately after undergrad. Those 6 months of deferment fly by. So start saving as soon as you’re able to.
Take Things One Day at a Time
In today’s world of social media and IG models, it can be so tempting to compare your life to someone else’s. DON’T. Comparison is the thief of joy. You never know what someone had to do or go through to get where they are. Also, social media is just a highlight reel. People show you what they want you to see – the happy times, the accolades, etc. Don’t compare your year one to someone’s year five. Take things one day at a time, and I promise you’ll be much happier.
While no one holds the keys to the future, I do have a few plans for what’s next in my life. Within the next year, I plan to attend grad school for my MBA, part-time, while continuing to work full-time. I also plan to continue blogging and expand upon Tenaciously Tanece as a brand. Lastly, I’m looking forward to more happiness, more growth and more life *cues Drake*.
Are you a recent graduate? What have you learned since graduating? Leave a comment below and let’s chat.