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  1. April 25, 2016
    Roger says

    Glad to see “advice from a 50-60 something” was learned. We may hear what others tell us but until we can integrate into our own experience it’s difficult to understand or truly know.

  2. April 25, 2016
    megan says

    I could not agree with this list more! One of the hardest things for me was realizing how hard it is to make friends as an adult, especially in a new city. Also, I think the first year after college is always the hardest and second is a little bit easier! Great post, Amanda!


  3. April 25, 2016

    Yes exactly! I was never told any of these things until after I graduated and it would have been way more helpful to have these things in mind as I worked my way through my degree!

    Thanks for sharing!


  4. April 25, 2016

    Love, love, LOVE this post!
    TYSM for sharing it at the right time.

    Aïchatou Bella

  5. April 25, 2016
    Hillary says

    So true! I especially agree with maintaining friendships. I’ve noticed that a lot of people spend loads of extra hours in the office, just because that’s where they can hang out with their friends (without the extra effort of making plans and going out)! It’s funny how the friendships of convenience drop off once you graduate, but the real ones stick around and make it work.

  6. April 26, 2016
    Monika says

    I can relate to your post so well! It’s been a year since I graduated from uni and “adult life” seems so chaotic. I would like to add that after graduation many people around you are suggesting and pushing you to do something, to settle down, to find that perfect job (without realization that you are on your way) and husdand :D This situation really drives me crazy. However life begins after university. You have more free time to do what you love without worrying that you should do your homerwork or prepare for classes :)


  7. April 26, 2016
    Mariah says

    This is so helpful! Thank you. I’m about to graduating and it is definitely a really massive change.

  8. April 26, 2016

    I was shocked to realize these things after college. Transitioning from my undergrad career was difficult. I was so ready to be a teacher, but now that I am one, it’s not all I had hoped for. Granted, that has a lot to do with the specific program I work for. I can’t help but wonder about what other opportunities are out there and panic about whether or not I’m qualified.

  9. May 1, 2016
    Nan says

    What a wonderful post! As I am about to graduate college in the next coming month, moving to a new city and going to be starting my first full time job; all of this advice is just what I need to hear.
    Thanks for sharing!
    xo Nan // Simply Elegant Blog

  10. May 1, 2016

    You perfectly described what we all face when we get out of college! I was the same in thinking that life went into an upward trajectory because that is what your taught growing up. What is the step, was always something we were looking towards. And YES! YES! YES 1000x on the friends thing! Kids that are still in school don’t know how lucky they have it. All they have to do is walk up to somebody and say will you be my friend and that’s it. For us as adults it’s so much harder.

  11. May 2, 2016

    I couldn’t agree more! The year after college for me was one of the most difficult. No one tells you how tough the transition is into the real world!

    Another thing to note is that you value your free time SO much more post-college. I hate sleeping in on the weekends because that is the only time I have to do what I want to do.

    Christina |

  12. May 11, 2016

    True. i learned it the hard way. searching for work especially what i had studied. i landed on a different job.

  13. May 3, 2017

    For real at everything above!!! I’ve been done with college for (4+ years, although no one believes that statement to be true) and I have worked two different jobs. The first one out of college was a retail job in a small store downtown. It paid terrible but it gave me experience. The second one I am still currently at but am looking for a change that pertains more to my love of fashion. I can say I have not “arrived” at my dream job yet. My blog would be more of my dream job but doesn’t exactly bright in the income quite yet. Thanks for sharing!



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