It’s the time that all college students and parents dream of, it’s graduation time. From the time you walked across the stage exiting high school to the time you checked into your freshman dorm, you dreamed of this moment.  No matter how hard it got, even when you said “maybe this aint for me” or “I dont need this piece of paper to be successfull in life” you stuck in there and got it done. Give yourself a huge hug or a big pat on the back because many students did go through with that thought and quit, but you didn’t, and that deserves recognition. So when the president of your school calls your name, and you walk across that stage, you celebrate. Whether its you shaking his hand, screaming your frat or soro call, or doing that stupid dance that you learned your sophmore year, you be proud and do it the best way you know how.

Now that all the celebration is over, it’s time to prepare for the real world. This transition can be more difficult than it seems because you have been living the same repetitive life for the last 4 – 5 years. More graduates actaully find it harder to move back home after graduation than moving away from home after high school graduation. Some students are actaully so scared to move back home until they use this fear as the deciding factor of continuing to grad school. Don’t worry, we have your back. Here are five of the twelve things that helped me that The Cosmopolitan Magazine shared that new grads should do when they graduate to make that transition alittle easier.

  1. Embrace it. There is actually nothing worse than a 22-year-old who says “the good ole days” when referring to her past (unless you are Miley Cyrus). It’s a mindset thing. Accept the fact that college is over. Real life is way more fun when you are living it instead of pining away for your college days.
  2. Sleep. Whenever, wherever. Be one of those people who can nap on the bus/with one eye open/mid-sexing. You need to sleep, even if your boss is actually literally Miranda Priestly.
  3.  Food. Buy food that is not cheese and Twizzler pull ‘n’ peels. Keep it near you at all times. If you really find that you can’t even do that, Google the best Italian/deli/sushi delivery places in a five-mile radius and put them in your phone on speed dial.
  4. Planning. Plan ahead for super fun things! While big group reunions in fun destinations like New Orleans and Los Angeles sound great, set your sights on vacations and get-togethers you can afford (and have the time off for). Plan realistic weekend trips like homecoming, college basketball games, or straight up wine nights where you can get beyond white-girl wasted with the people who love you a lot.
  5. Do new things. Like, join a cornhole team. Or a kickball team, which is a thing people do now to meet each other and feel a little fratty while they’re at it.

Now that you’ve graduated school, learned alittle about what to do after graduation, you’re ready to enter the real world.

Please comment to share some of your unique college experiences or what you plan to do during your graduation. If you have already graduated, please share with our audience what made your transition that much easier.