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The Stress of Post Grad Life

After the initial excitement of “Yay, I graduated!” maybe two weeks later you begin to think “Now, what?” Unless of course you were one of those people who had their lives planned out since the beginning of college. There’s nothing wrong with that don’t get me wrong, but life doesn’t always go as planned. However, back to the procrastinators like me.

First stressor of my post grad life is the fact that I have to find a job and soon! School is the easy part trust me; you basically have a whole plan (degree plan) set out for you, and what you need to do. However, looking for a job, not so simple. Yes, they’re internet job boards, and probably friends or family to point you in the direction. But when you get there it’s another story, for example: ‘Must be a U.S. Citizen’ (I’m not), 3-5 years experience (How? I just graduated), and all other requirements that I just don’t see how you can get while going to school. (If you can’t tell this whole process freaks me out!)

If that isn’t enough depending on your field you may not find any jobs in your area, and would be forced to search in other areas – “Don’t limit yourself”, “Come out of your comfort zone”. Where I agree with all of these ideas —> I JUST GRADUATED!! I don’t feel comfortable enough moving from around people I know and journey to somewhere new. Whereas my mom feels like I’ve been independent enough, i’m scared! Doesn’t anybody else understand this?!?

Second part of growing up and entering adult world is managing your finances. Money and I are not friends at all; no matter how hard I try. I absolutely love eating out, and I shop when i’m depressed. How does that even work? This past semester however I’ve tried my utmost best at saving, then when I feel like i’m on track BOOM! UNEXPECTED EXPENSES. Bills that come out of nowhere, and GRADUATION. Well, I knew graduation was coming up, but what I didn’t know was exactly how much it would cost me. Beginning 2016 i’ll start managing my money (what money? Lol) better and budgeting (does this make sense without an income?)

Another part that has to do with finances is TAXES. I for one never did this before, because I never had a job. Last semester however I had my first job on campus, and I guess I can now file for taxes. I’ve seen people talking about getting their W2’s and I have no idea what those are, but I suppose they’re important to taxing. I’m clueless when it comes to this stuff, I’m a science student, and I never had to do any of this before. But I guess that’s no excuse to my naivety?


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