You’ve graduated college. Now what?

PhotoForMay8PostSo, you’ve graduated … or you’ve almost graduated. Now what? On Monday, we told you about what some of our graduates are doing. But what about you? What are you going to do now that college classes are over, your friends have scattered to the four corners of the world and you’re faced with figuring out what you’re going to do with your future?

CollegeAftermath.com says now is the time to seize the day. See the world. Experience life. Do what you’ve wanted to do for a long time but couldn’t. Learn a new skill such as yoga.

LendingClub.com offers 21 practical tips on surviving the real world.   Here are some of those 21:

  • Don’t buy a new car
    Even if it’s shiny. If the car you have is falling apart, buy a used car.
  • Don’t get a fancy apartment
    Instead of using half of your paycheck for rent, consider renting a house with some friends and putting into a savings account what you saved by not getting  a fancy apartment. After a few years, you’ll have enough saved to get a fancy one.
  • Don’t go to happy hour every day
    You’re going to spend too much money.
  • Keep living like a student
    Continue the frugal habits you had when you were in college.
  • Find friends outside of your job
    It will keep you balanced.
  • Never stop learning
    Just because you’ve finished college doesn’t mean you’re finished with learning. Read a book for fun. Take an enrichment class such as a computer course or a tennis class.
  • Never stop dreaming
    Your best days are not behind you. Use your new freedom to accomplish what you’ve always wanted to.

Good luck, new grad or almost-new grad. Enjoy it.

By the way, that’s a photo of our wonderful intern, Katelyn. Even though she’s graduated, she’ll still have a couple more posts later this month, including one that details the 10 things you should never say to a new college graduate.

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