We are back from winter recess and for those graduating, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Graduation is an extremely exciting event! Admittedly, it’s also an extremely scary one. When you’re in college, classes and homework might seem like a burden. However, as it comes to a close, the safety net of college becomes comforting. Eastern Michigan University is full of so many support systems from Success Coaches to Academic Advisors which have likely aided you during your time here. While many people have likely helped you succeed (you’ve made it to graduation!), it’s still your success. Keep reading to learn about how you can keep your success going after you graduate.
- Keep in touch with your friends. The friends you make in college have been there with you during some of your most intensive personal, professional, and academic growth. While life certainly gets busy as people get jobs and move away, it is important to always maintain your relationships.
- Be proactive about your job hunt. While most students also have part-time or full-time jobs, school is essentially your main job. You are a student first. However, once you are no longer a student, it is important to make your job hunt your job. Invest your energy in making connections and reaching out to people you know. EMU’s Career Development Center can aid students with resume polishing and career counseling. The office offers a wide-variety and extremely helpful services. You can (and should!) make an appointment with the office through Handshake.
- Establish a daily routine. This one seems simple and perhaps unnecessary. Students oftentimes complain about the prescribed nature of school, the way professors decide when you will submit assignments and take tests. After you graduate, it’ll be up to you to decide what you do with your free time. While you might have established work times, unless you might decide to work as a freelancer, you have the freedom to decide how you structure your life. You will likely find success if building a routine that supports a balanced lifestyle.
- Become involved in your community. A sense of community is built into the college experience. Once you graduate, you have the opportunity to choose where and with whom you spend your time. Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, for example, tons of community events. Spaces like Cultivate and the Literati host free clubs and meetups. There are also non-profits in the community that need volunteers to run like Meals on Wheels and Food Gatherers.
- Think about your overall health. While college is an intellectually stimulating experience, it sometimes pushes students to physical extremes with all-nighters and missed meals. Now that you’re getting reading to graduate, this is the perfect time to consider the ways in which you can support your physical and mental well-being. Staying active and cooking more meals at home are obvious ways to take care of your physical health. However, you can also learn new skills, like knitting or painting, to support your mental health. Post-graduation life it’s just about work or finding a job. It’s also about figuring out who you are and the type of life you want to live.