For the privileged and lucky ones who get to pursue a college education, college life can be a magical bubble. The dynamics, lifestyle, and nuances of college life are starkly different from that of real life. While some skills learned in college would help in landing a decent job, the transition from college to the outside world can sometimes disorient college graduates.
In order to help college students make the move without being knocked out by unexpected responsibilities and obstacles, a list has been compiled of the ways in which one can expect life to change after college.
1. You Get An Interim Period Of Free Time
After four years of constant companionship, where at the very least you are sitting in a room with dozens of your papers, you might find yourself making your way alone after graduation. This is a good time to get in touch with yourself and learn how to spend spare time productively without relying on others.
Many students don’t have time for leisure reading or hobbies when they enter college life. These positive habits can be picked up again after college life has let go of its hold on you.
2. Your Equations With The Friends Is No Longer The Same
In college, your friends were either in the same room or at least somewhere on campus. In other words, they were easily accessible. Graduating means the students either going to different institutions for higher studies or spreading out across the country (even the globe) in search of jobs in order to fulfill adult responsibilities. Your best friend might be in a different city, state or even country. You might feel at a loss without the people you’ve always been with for the past four years, but this feeling is temporary.
However, with the Internet, and applications such as Skype and Whatsapp, there really isn’t any excuse not to keep in touch with your group. While it may not be the same as before, you can still share your problems and advice with each other, as well as meet up to have fun!
3. You Make New Friends
Making friends in the real world is a whole new game. In college, you met the same people every day and knew they were probably going to be on the same campus for some years. Making friends in the workplace is a risky deal due to the politics and double meanings that form the undercurrent of any business or organization.
Similarly, making friends outside the workplace is just as hard, as the places won’t have the same people every day. Even meeting someone who seems nice can be a dangerous illusion that can end up badly. However, it’s totally possible as long as you keep putting yourself out there.
4. You Become More Down-To-Earth
You might have been a popular college individual, but the real world doesn’t look at how many student organizations and clubs wanted you as a part of their team. Even if something looks good on your resume, your work is what will get you a fixed place at any organization.
College protests against the administration or for supporting social issues can easily be done on campus or under the banner of the institution. In a workplace, you have to choose your battles. Working hard and knowing how to comply with authority is key to being successful at any entry-level job you’re probably going to get after graduating.
Life in college is a bubble, no doubt. However, graduating and starting a new life has to come at some point. So instead of fantasizing about going back and having things be the same again (which isn’t possible), one has to move on and try to make it.
Finally, there will be a time when real life seems to be a most enjoyable and magical one, especially if you can find a career you love, along with some good company. Hopefully, the time would come when you won’t choose to go back to college if you had the chance!
About Writer: Yashmita Kavni is a Student Counselor, Blogging Expert, and a Professional Assignment Writer. She has a penchant for writing about topics related to education and student’s affairs.