Grad gives tips for healthy transition post-graduation

The word “graduation” can be a scary one to hear. For me, it was a word that brought mixed emotions: excitement at the endless possibilities, anxiety for the unknown and fear to step out into the “real world.” Here are some tips that helped me with my transition.

1. Establish a routine

You may hay have heard that some of the most successful people have a routine. Find one that works for you and stick with it! Post-graduation, it can be tricky to get in the groove when you don’t have a class schedule to follow. Create your own and be consistent.

2. Get involved

Yes, I know. You’ve probably heard your professors and staff urging you to get involved the past four years, but trust me when I say getting involved makes a huge difference! Not only does this help your routine but it is a great way to make new friends!

So whether that be volunteering at your local food bank, joining a local gym or taking part in a new hobby, make the effort to do something you enjoy. Post-college, I decided to take part in yoga. Not only has it helped me decompress, but it has allowed me to meet new people.

3. Find balance

Balancing family, friends, life, your own personal health and a full-time job can be tricky. Balance is key! Make sure you allow yourself time to spend with your family and friends.

But most importantly, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Designate a specific day or time during the week to balance the important things in your life. Include a day for family, a day for friends and a day for some you time. It makes a difference.

4. Be proactive

Staying in touch with friends will require more effort from you post-graduation. You and your friends will have full-time jobs, and spending time together may require a bit of planning. Don’t be afraid to schedule some time to go to that happy hour or movie. Friendships are truly valuable and it is so worth it to go the extra mile to help maintain them.

5. Laugh, Smile, Breathe

Life will always have it’s challenges. But in the midst of it, don’t forget to laugh, smile and breathe. You are never alone and can overcome anything you set your mind to.