College is the time that is claimed as “the time of our lives.” While this stands true, what do we do when it’s time to transition into the “real world”?
Dealing with real world situations can be hard. Topics of making new friends, getting a job, and finding a significant other fill our heads.
As a May 2014 graduate, I am smack in the middle of this process. To those who are just beginning the journey, or are in the same position as me, I have found some ways to deal with the real world transition.
Don’t be afraid to take risks. Jump at any opportunity that arises for something you’re passionate about. This may mean you have to take another internship, but it’s worth it. Now is the time to figure out what YOU want to do in the real world. Do you want to stay in your current city? Do you want to go abroad? While you’re at your job, start thinking about cost of living. Is it worth living in a $900 apartment, but not being able to afford going to dinner? Also, ask new graduates what they recommend as well. The best advice I received was from a previous intern who graduated December 2013.
There are so many different ways to make friends after college.
One way is while you’re at your new place of employment, make friend with your co-workers. They can introduce you to their friends, and it just keeps rolling from there. It’s like starting school all over again. Go sit with different people at lunch, go to all of your company outings and ask people to coffee or lunch. Another way is to get involved. Joining a new club, kickball team or volunteering can introduce you to many people you wouldn’t meet every day. Get out in the world. Go to supper clubs and bars and just mingle.
When you start to make friends, invite them to things. Go to a fun new restaurant in town or have your new friends come over for a wine night. Or with the fall rolling in, suggest going to a pumpkin patch and getting out of the city for a day!
These new friends can also help you find a potential roommate and tell you the best places to go in town.
The best way to put it is, people have been or still are in your shoes and know what it’s like to want a friend.
This should be the last worry on your plate. Starting out in a new city is hard, but with new friends and people at work, they can help you go in the right direction. Starting out, I thought I would have to go to all the bars in Buckhead to meet guys, when in reality, I could walk down to Starbucks and land a date. You can also meet someone by getting involved. One of my best friends met her husband while doing charity work at a local humane society.
If you have any other tips, comment below!