How to Power Through Your Struggles After Graduation
Karen Jane Ng
Graduating from college should give you a moment of relief and excitement for what's to come next, so why do most fresh graduates feel a rollercoaster of emotions post-graduation? From adjusting to new surroundings to figuring out the next steps of your career, trying to look for the perfect way to start this new journey after spending years of supervised (sometimes spoon-fed) learning in college can make you lose your mind.
However, these post-graduation jitters do not last forever. With time, you will learn that having full control of your life can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. If you are currently struggling after grad, here are some tips to make it easier for you!
1. Take a social media break.
One of the most important things that every person who's currently going through a post-graduation slump should keep in mind is the fact that social media can be deceiving. As much as you want to avoid comparing yourself from your peers, you can't, because seeing them enjoying life after graduation makes you feel worse for not knowing what to do next with your life. So to avoid this, take a step back and log off your social media accounts. Your story is not the same with everyone else, so wait for your moment to shine.
2. Learn something new.
3. Spend time with your friends and family.
There's nothing better than spending most of your days with the people who love and understand you, especially in times when your self-esteem is low. Even if they are hundreds of miles away from you, make an effort to talk to them because, in tough situations like this, people who know you well are the ones you need to chat to get a clear perspective!
4. Explore your options.
When you find yourself unsure of which path to go after graduation, embrace it, and explore your options! This means that you are not settling for something people groomed you to be, but instead you're just riding through life's twists and turns. Moving from one option to another or taking opportunities that you are not sure of will help you in the long run. Be in the exploratory mode because you are bound to learn something wherever you go!
5. Be present.
No matter how many times you overthink your future, your thoughts will never solve anything and will only make you paranoid. As cliché as it sounds, the small choices you made in college had brought you where you are right now. That's why rather than dwelling on it, accept it and live in the moment. Most importantly, be grateful for everything you have achieved and trust your journey.