LONAS: 5 Ways to Prepare for College Graduation

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Friday, November 27, 2020


After seven semesters, I am finally graduating from college. All the blood, sweat, and many tears have finally paid off. I am moving in a month to Washington, DC to start my journalism career.

As graduation quickly approaches, I have trouble picturing the future. For sixteen and a half years, I have started school every fall and finished every spring. This has been the pattern since I was six years old. A life that isn’t built off of homework every night does not seem possible. However, after prepping for this new phase of my life, I feel more confident in my transition. Here are five tips that could help you in your journey to the next stage of your life.

Don’t Wait to Start Looking for Jobs

The biggest stressor for anyone graduating from college is a job. A big question for those leaving school is when they should start searching for entry-level positions. Well, early action never hurt anyone. Don’t wait until a month before graduation and be stressed all semester. I started my search in August and got a job before my last semester even started. The sooner you start job searching and secure a job, the easier graduating will be for you.

Look for Activities to Get Involved in After School

The best part about school was how easy it was to get involved in new things. Clubs practically begged you to join. The connection these groups give you with others is just as important after school. Pick what you like: soccer, movies, yoga, etc. Then look for groups in your area to join. This will help you with stress relief, making new friends, and doing something other than work. 

If You Aren’t Budgeting Already, Think About It

You are going to start out with a beginner’s salary after college. Therefore, dependent on your career, you might need to minimize spending for a bit. During this struggle, you want to come up with a plan. Budgeting is not a fun topic for many, but it is necessary. This might be the first time you are moving out of your house or paying for all your own bills. You know this is going to happen so don’t let it shock you. Find a budgeting plan that works for you now so you aren’t scrambling during the transition.

Talk with a Mentor

The best way to ease uncertainty is by talking to someone who has already made it through. Whether it is a coach, a member of your church, or an elder employee at your job, talk to them about your future. Tell them your concerns. Let them give you some advice. I know we believe we know it all, but maybe your mentor will surprise you. If you don’t have a mentor, reach out to an old teacher with whom you’ve connected or find one at your church.

Find Time to Relax

If this is your last semester of school, there are so many things to think about. The uncertainty of the future can be really stressful. You are about to move away from friends and family. Spend time with them. Shut off the phone or computer and go do some fall or winter activities. As important as it is to be ready for the future, it is equally as important not to forget about the present.

Graduating from college is a scary and exciting time. Do not go through it unprepared and don’t go through it alone. You have millions of people who have been in your shoes. Take advantage of that. Learn from their mistakes so you can thrive. Good luck.

Lexi Lonas is a student reporter with The College Fix and a columnist for Lone Conservative. This summer she will be interning with The Washington Examiner and be a Fellow for Heritage’s program, The Academy. Previously, Lexi has interned at The Daily Caller and her work has also been seen in The Daily Signal. She will be graduating this fall from Penn State Altoona.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Lexi Lonas is a student reporter with The College Fix and a columnist for Lone Conservative. This summer she will be interning with The Washington Examiner and be a Fellow for Heritage’s program, The Academy. Previously, Lexi has interned at The Daily Caller and her work has also been seen in The Daily Signal. She will be graduating this fall from Penn State Altoona.

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