State of the art dining halls. Unlimited use of the rec center. Student discounts at your favorite stores. All the free t-shirts you could ever want. And lets not forget the occasional deposits to your account from the bank of mom and dad. Face it, college life can be pretty sweet. It’s that point in your life right before adulthood and the “real world” smack you dead in the face. College is that comfortable position on the fence of “dependent young adult” and “independent full grown adult.” But don’t get too complacent. A few things change once you walk across that stage.
So, here’s a list of things that just won’t cut it once you enter the realm of post-grad life.
- Doing the bare minimum just to get by. From now on, your superiors will expect you to EXCEED their expectations.
- Taking 2 hour naps in the middle of the day. Say goodbye to those midday snooze sessions in between classes.
- Splurging at the mall when you KNOW you have bills to pay. Those student loans and credit card bills aren’t gonna pay themselves.
- Not knowing how to cook for yourself. Spaghetti and meatballs is a great place to start.
- Partying all hours of the night and expecting to be a fully-functioning human the next day. Your body might not bounce back like it used to!
- Showing up to work late. You WILL get fired.
- Day drinking. Conversing in the workplace with alcohol on your breath is just a bad idea.
- Not having/sticking to a budget. It’s important to see exactly how you’re spending your money and areas where you need to cut back.
- Putting things off until the absolute last minute. We all know the consequences of procrastination by now.
- Waiting for instruction. Start taking the initiative without being told to. Trust me, you’ll stand out.
- Maintaining unhealthy friendships/relationships. If they’re no longer benefiting your growth, its time to cut them off.
- Your party clothes doubling as your work clothes. I can’t tell you how many times “dress for success” turned into “pair a blazer with your little black dress.” Yeah, not a good idea.
- Your parents scheduling your doctor’s/dentist’s appointments. It’s time for YOU to start taking care of YOU.
- Not speaking up for yourself. Sometimes it’s easier to just go with the flow, but in the real world, it pays to state your wants/needs. Remember, closed mouths don’t get fed.
- Lack of networking skills. The only thing standing between you and a great opportunity could be the right connection. So get out there and schmooze.