Reward yourself for getting a career and graduation present?

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    Dec 10, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    I will be graduating and the near future and one thing that I am definitely doing is rewarding myself with a gift. what are some of the things that you guys gave yourselves at this stage in your life?
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    Dec 10, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    not trying to be a dick, but the reward should come after you get ur career aka position.. not degree.

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    Dec 10, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    GVJoe90 saidI will be graduating and the near future and one thing that I am definitely doing is rewarding myself with a gift. what are some of the things that you guys gave yourselves at this stage in your life?

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    Dec 10, 2011 12:28 PM GMT
    GVJoe90 saidI will be graduating and the near future and one thing that I am definitely doing is rewarding myself with a gift. what are some of the things that you guys gave yourselves at this stage in your life?


    Neither this thread or your profile indicates what degree (even what level - BS, MS, professional degree) and/or what career you are entering, which is hard to brainstorm useful gifts specifically for you.

    Here is what I did for me --

    Bachelors: A nice/shiny professional pen and matching mechanical pencil set (so long ago I still rode my dinosaur to class - i.e. before iPhones)
    Masters: New custom fit designer suit and a few new ties
    Doctoral: A custom designed/laser inscribed paperweight for the office which I love very much

    My second doctoral degree is not coming down the pipe for a few semesters so I have out-of-sequence purchased Skyrim now, and that's really all I need to celebrate this degree now or in the future.
  • rnch

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    Dec 10, 2011 12:38 PM GMT
    after i finally graduated from college with a useable degree and landed a "career" job; i rewarded myself with my first brand new car.


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    (but the "career" job lasted all of 3 months before i walked out and the car was the biggest POS i ever owned)


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    Dec 10, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    a hot guy, of course. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 10, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    well...try to get a job for one but maybe, just go out for dinner/drinks with a few good friends and just talk about the things you have accomplished in school and what you guys want to do.

    Spending time with close friends like that, would mean so much more to me then anything else.

    Oh, and cheesecake...lots of cheesecake icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 10, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    My parents and I have already agreed on a graduation present.
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    Well......my step dad is down for it. My mom is......softening up lol.
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    Dec 10, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
    oh that you give to yourself?

    A hug?
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    Dec 10, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    dekiruman saidMy parents and I have already agreed on a graduation present.
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    Well......my step dad is down for it. My mom is......softening up lol.


    O_O that is so hot.

    Can i visit and be the cute kid in leather behind ya on the bike? ;) icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 10, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    Reward yourself with pro-bono service to/through a not-for-profit organization where you can advance your skills and differentiate yourself even more.

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    With the uncertainty of the economy for what looks like at least another 5-10 years, be frugal.

    The opulence, excess, and spending enjoyed by the Baby Boom generation is now passe. As the Global Financial Crisis continues to unfold, the Baby Boomers continue to hold onto their jobs (thus preventing Millenials from entering the workplace and/or advancing), and the outlook on the standard of living for GenX'rs and Millenials is not as rosy as before. Also, as the Baby Boomers age out into retirement, expect healthcare costs to rise and any of the social safety net programs to become strained or exhausted.

    GenX'rs and Millenials need to sober to the reality that our remaining working years and our retirement years are fraught with a high probability of economic miasma.
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    Dec 10, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    That is how i know i am quite old .... In my time ..hehehe.. the gift we wanted for graduation was a JOB !!!!! My gift was offered to me from Air-France .....icon_smile.gif
  • studflyboy87

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    Dec 10, 2011 6:13 PM GMT
    Took a month long trip to Europe, bought myself a 17" Macbook Pro, and rented an airplane to go fly up and down the state of California.

    I got my job offer September of my senior year, so I knew I could take some time off between graduating in May and starting work. So I took 2.5 months off. I highly recommend that to anyone in a similar position. You will probably never get that chance ever again in your life. Enjoy it!
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    Dec 10, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
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    dekiruman saidMy parents and I have already agreed on a graduation present.
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    Well......my step dad is down for it. My mom is......softening up lol.


    O_O that is so hot.

    Can i visit and be the cute kid in leather behind ya on the bike? ;) icon_twisted.gif


    Fo sho. I'll give all u guyz ridez icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 10, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    Wandered around Europe for a couple of months
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    Dec 10, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    Don't buy a new car... buy a "gently used" car.. much better value.
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    Dec 10, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    a vacation to the greek island for like 2 or 3 weeks.

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    Dec 10, 2011 7:06 PM GMT
    GVJoe90 saidI will be graduating and the near future and one thing that I am definitely doing is rewarding myself with a gift. what are some of the things that you guys gave yourselves at this stage in your life?


    I think a reward is a good idea after all those years of hard work. A few weeks on the Amalfi Coast (Italy) is what my fraternity brothers decided was a good reward.

    I was lucky to get a good marketing job at Hewlett-Packard right after graduation. I also found a terrific apartment in Palo Alto, close enough to ride my bike to work. I had five years of hefty student loan payments, but as soon as I finished those monthly payments of $383.46 (I see you out there laughing, but it was a lot of money to me 30 years ago) I started saving for my first house. I also bought a 3 year old Benz (which I still have - - pix in my profile).

    So yes, I'm a believer in rewarding yourself as you accomplish your goals.

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    Dec 10, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    I have been thinking about this also...but I have until August before I graduate. But besides hopefully a job as a gift. I would like to go on a vacation, not sure where yet. When I got my BS my gift was moving back in with my parents, not the gift I was expecting lol
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    Dec 10, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    dekiruman saidMy parents and I have already agreed on a graduation present.
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    Well......my step dad is down for it. My mom is......softening up lol.


    That's a sweet bike. I had a 749s a couple years back and have been looking at the 1198s but wanted to wait for the 2012 total redesign.....so niiiiice.
  • vintovka

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    Dec 10, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    I probably have another three years to go before I graduate from the PhD. program, and this might sound silly because I'm normally a complete slob, but I told myself that when/if I actually make it through all this I would buy the custom tailored doctoral robes to receive my degree (which still has to be done in person for the doctorate). That's probably pretty sad as a graduation present, so if someone wants to buy me a new car or a vacation please feel free.