Life after College?

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    Jun 24, 2008 3:02 AM GMT
    So with only 5 days until I graduate . . I've heard about it once or twice before . . is there such a thing as "life after college?" Do I have to accept someone as my savior to get there?
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    Jun 24, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    Never been think the whole thing is a joke and a farce.
    People actually believe there better than others for having gone.


    Many have just had mommy and daddys help getting there, most urban youth
    are dealing with so much family problems and poverty they never even get a fair start.

    Of course theres life after college. I hope they havent brainwashed you to think life is all about productivity and pointless economic achievement.

    I know GOD is up there somewhere grading papers with a red pen and talking about SAT scores.

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    Jun 24, 2008 4:59 AM GMT
    Thanks buddy.

    Some of us happen to have enjoyed and worked hard for our education.

    Skotlake: Life after college is called Grad School icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:56 AM GMT
    How about the climbing the corporate ladders of a McDonald's Branch? icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 30, 2008 2:38 AM GMT
    A. Mulatto has valid points.
    B. life after college is grad school for me and working two jobs.
    c. mommy and daddy never handed it to me...
    D. You are more than a grade your professor hands to you. LIVE
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    Jun 30, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    Actually, grad school isn't life - it's more like a prolonged state of un-deadness for those too afraid to find out whether there is life after college or not. Some never do find out, and end up becoming faculty.
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    Jun 30, 2008 2:47 AM GMT
    Oh hell yes !!! lots of life after college !!! I'm a veteran of over 30 years after college. Your your own saviour, its your turn to shine, its all up to you now buddy, and I wish you the best, and that your future is even better than your college years as mine has been.
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    Jun 30, 2008 2:47 AM GMT
    first of all
    im sorry but sedative, u gotta come up with sum productive comments in forums...

    hmm life after college, i think it depends on what ur major was.

    im in criminology, so my likely path will be the military since i dont wish to go into the paper pushing aspects of crime, i want to go more into the field aspects of it, so military and then FBI.

    for majors like
    - arts - teachers college
    - engineering - if you could land a sweet job right out, take it, because from my experience with knowing my neighbours and such, you make good money, but u cap off pretty easily, so get in young.
    - medicine - not sure..residency?
    - social sciences - law school, teachers college, etc sum sort of grad school
    - kinesiology/sports med/nutrition - u better get your ass into some sort of grad school because about every kid i know who is on a sports scholarship or decided against med school is in these programs and will be fighting tooth and nail for jobs in a few years - unfortunately some will become gym teachers...not a bad job but too bad they wasted time in university..


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    Jun 30, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    i graduated a year ago... its all down hill from here man. better live it up while you can because work sucks and you will work with people you despise.

    grad school would be some sort of purgatory i suppose... i'd try that.
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    Jun 30, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    Lad, at 21 years, I would say that you have plenty of life ahead of you. DO what you love doing while you plan for your future. It goes by quicker than you think.

    I guess if you went to a "party" school things might be a let down, but really life is what you make of it. You just have to adapt your "fun" Change can be exciting if you let it!

    BTW, if you are going to do grad school as someone mentioned, do it sooner. For the most part it gets harder as you get older!
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    Jun 30, 2008 3:11 AM GMT
    Although I mostly enjoy grad school, I feel compelled to add my voice to those warning that grad school is a very different life after college. On the one hand, you're doing stuff that's almost exclusively wheat you're interested in, rather than fulfilling arbitrary requirements. On the other, the social situation admittedly stinks (and, if you're surrounded by enough international engineers, that's literal. Not all countries believe in deodorant and regular bathing), and you've got *way* less free time than you did as an undergrad.

    But, hey, another couple of years living within a bubble that features a bunch of hot 18-to-25-year-old guys running around shirtless whenever it's moderately warm can't be all bad.
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    Jun 30, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    i'll be honest, i'm worried about the same thing. i'm entering my 4th year of an intense 5 year program this fall for interior architecture/design...

    see, our program's ranked #1 because of its coop program requirements of doing an internship every other quarter, which tacks an extra year onto the major. i've already worked in several firms in several cities, and i have two years to go... so i already have a lot of 'real world,' professional experience of living on my own in a strange city and having to work every day 9-6. so i know it sucks.
    when i'm at school, i have my fraternity for a social life, i have few obligations outside of academia (which is enough, believe me, but i don't have to worry about grocery shopping or paying bills), and life is mostly about just learning a lot and having fun when i can get it. i'm dreading graduation and the 'real world' because i know already from intimate experience with it that i'll get up early every day, work till im exhausted, come home and make dinner, be too tired to work out, then jo and go to bed to start the whole thing the next day. on weekends, i'll be occupied with getting everything domestic accomplished that i didn't have time for during the week- like grocery shopping and laundry. i'm already a bit of an introvert and have trouble making new friends on my own, so my social life will be nil. and i'll be working all the time so when will i meet 'the one?' what will i have to live for in that mess?

    i know i know, sounds like i have a peter pan complex lol. but honestly, the forum is valid- input from the site's elders on how to make life fun and worth while in the real world would be appreciated.
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    Jun 30, 2008 3:38 AM GMT
    Skotlake saidSo with only 5 days until I graduate . . I've heard about it once or twice before . . is there such a thing as "life after college?" Do I have to accept someone as my savior to get there?


    Yes.
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    Jun 30, 2008 3:38 AM GMT
    As one who deals with this every day, let me tell you that almost every graduate feels this way, and almost all people learn how to deal with the outside/real world just fine. It will be some adjustments, but what's most scary is what you don't know. Learn what you feel you need help with, be honest about it, and then go to the people who can help you. If it's career, go to a career advisor. If it's something more personal, go to a counselor. There are people who are professionals in this type of help, and they are at your schools. Search them out, as they have been reaching out to you, but if you're like most students, you don't even realize they are there.
  • ep83

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    Jun 30, 2008 3:54 AM GMT
    I'd disagree with MSUBioNerd. Grad school can be great. It all depends on what program you are in, how you approach it, and whether or not the school is a good fit for you. I do way less work now than I did in college even with more classes, and the social life isn't bad either.

    The most important thing to remember is to make sure you're doing right by you. Don't be afraid to take a job for a few years and figure out if that's what you want to do with your life. Whether it's more school or a different job you'll have a better sense after the experience and reflection. Just don't let yourself take a job "for a few years" only to wake up and realize you've been there for ten . I have a few friends that are already on that track and don't realize it. College isn't the end of growth or self-discovery.
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    Jun 30, 2008 3:57 AM GMT
    I'm terrified of becoming a homeless person starving for food after I graduate. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 30, 2008 4:10 AM GMT
    Bunjamon saidI'm terrified of becoming a homeless person starving for food after I graduate. icon_confused.gif

    Come to Austin. Our panhandlers are squeaking out a pretty nice living. You just have to find a corner where the crazy lady who pees herself hasn't laid claim.
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    Jun 30, 2008 4:23 AM GMT
    czarodziej saidi'll be honest, i'm worried about the same thing. i'm entering my 4th year of an intense 5 year program this fall for interior architecture/design...

    see, our program's ranked #1 because of its coop program requirements of doing an internship every other quarter, which tacks an extra year onto the major. i've already worked in several firms in several cities, and i have two years to go... so i already have a lot of 'real world,' professional experience of living on my own in a strange city and having to work every day 9-6. so i know it sucks.
    when i'm at school, i have my fraternity for a social life, i have few obligations outside of academia (which is enough, believe me, but i don't have to worry about grocery shopping or paying bills), and life is mostly about just learning a lot and having fun when i can get it. i'm dreading graduation and the 'real world' because i know already from intimate experience with it that i'll get up early every day, work till im exhausted, come home and make dinner, be too tired to work out, then jo and go to bed to start the whole thing the next day. on weekends, i'll be occupied with getting everything domestic accomplished that i didn't have time for during the week- like grocery shopping and laundry. i'm already a bit of an introvert and have trouble making new friends on my own, so my social life will be nil. and i'll be working all the time so when will i meet 'the one?' what will i have to live for in that mess?

    i know i know, sounds like i have a peter pan complex lol. but honestly, the forum is valid- input from the site's elders on how to make life fun and worth while in the real world would be appreciated.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>I think to help you guys feel better about your prospects is to repeat this simple saying for starters--- FIND WORK THAT YOU LOVE AND YOU'LL NEVER "WORK" ANOTHER DAY IN YOUR LIFE". The Key to enjoying life is doing what you like to do, men, if your at a job you hate to go to everyday, get out of it !!! Life is far too short to spend time in misery. You cannot expect to like every aspect of every day, but you can look for and find some pleasure in most everything you do. Always slip in something you enjoy every chance you get. For instance if I had to travel for work, I would take one of my children with me, skip some meetings and take them siteseeing. Or if alone I would do the same thingl One time I had to meet with Senator John Warner, and I took my daughter with me. Make memories!!! Take time to "SMEll THE ROSES" in your daily routine, the little enjoyments while your working add a lot toward making your life other than drudgery. Again !!!!! Find work you like to do, if a job you take turns out to be otherwise, then set a goal for yourself to find another job that you do like. Look for the positive in life, and you'll find it, but it starts with you !!! you cannot enjoy life if you cannot see anything positive because your always looking at whats wrong. Hard times will come, but always keep striving to better yourself, to find what you like to do, then happiness/job satisfaction will follow. And whatever you do, don't make the almighty dollar your main goal in your work, because that dollar holds a lot of "EMPTY PROMISES" for happiness. OK !!! I'll shut up !!!!
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    Jun 30, 2008 8:37 AM GMT
    rowerboy saidfirst of all
    im sorry but sedative, u gotta come up with sum productive comments in forums...


    icon_confused.gif You mean I don't? icon_rolleyes.gif Geez.
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    Jun 30, 2008 9:10 AM GMT
    rowerboy saidfirst of all im sorry but sedative, u gotta come up with sum productive comments in forums...


    Yes Eric. New RJ forum rules. All forum posts must be "productive." Specifically, they must always:

    o Impart information useful to the majority of RJ members.

    o Not needlessly waste any RJer's time.

    o Not be frivolous, joking, or fun in any way.

    Next month, new spelling rules will take effect that will require all of us to learn sum new things as well.

    Get with the program.
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    Jun 30, 2008 9:45 AM GMT
    OMGWTFNAZIS! icon_mad.gif

    And just so this post follows the rules.


    Life after college can be very difficult for students everywhere. Everything changes after you graduate. There are no more late nights knowing that you do not have to be at class until 2. Oh no, life after college means more responsibility. But before you can take that responsibility head on, you need to address a few key issues in your life. Don't worry, if you examine these issues, life after college will not be as hard as you anticipate!

    • The first decision to make after you graduate is pretty simple. What do you want to do with your life? Life after college can be difficult if you do not have a direction in which you want to go. Hopefully you want to pursue a career choice that coincides with your college major. After deciding what career path you want to follow, put together a plan and get started!
    • Going along with issue number one, the next problem may arise if you wish to attend graduate school. Before making a commitment of going back to school for another two plus years, be sure to examine your current situation. Do you have the time to stay in school? Do you have the financing available? Will it benefit you in any way? Do not jump into graduate school just because you do not feel like getting a 9-5 job. Make an informed, educated decision.
    • School is over, which means it is time to say good bye to your apartment. So where are you going to live now? You have two options. First off you can get a job and get a place of your own. This is the route that most students would love to take; unfortunately it is not always possible. Your second option would be to move back in with your parents. Keep in mind that this will definitely take some adjusting to make this transition. You have to get used to taking orders from your parents, and helping out around the house. But living at home does have some advantages. While working full-time, if you live at home, you can save a whole lot of money in a short amount of time.
    • If your are offered a job out of town would you take it? This issue faces students every year. Just because you went to school on the west coast does not mean you have to work there. Again, weigh all of your options and make the best decision for your current situation.
    • A budget can be very scary for a student experiencing life after college. While in school you never had to worry about keeping track of your check book. After you graduate you will have a couple of decisions to make. Should you buy a new car or rent an apartment, or should you start to pay off your student loans? Again, both sides have advantages and disadvantages.
    • Make a good first impression. Though life after college will feel much different than what you are used to, you need to remember to make a good impression on everyone from here on out. This is particularly important in job interviews. And it does not stop there. After you ace your interview and obtain your dream job, you need to impress your peers every day of the week!


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    Jul 01, 2008 5:12 AM GMT
    I've been out of college for over a year.

    The freedom is nice.
    The increased responsibility is stressful.
    I miss a lot of my friends.

    But I'm finally out on my own, and later this year I'll have my own apartment and my first real job and I'll make new friends...

    Life after college is sooooo good.
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    Jul 01, 2008 5:58 AM GMT
    rowerboy saidfirst of all
    im sorry but sedative, u gotta come up with sum productive comments in forums...

    hmm life after college, i think it depends on what ur major was.

    im in criminology, so my likely path will be the military since i dont wish to go into the paper pushing aspects of crime, i want to go more into the field aspects of it, so military and then FBI.

    for majors like
    - arts - teachers college
    - engineering - if you could land a sweet job right out, take it, because from my experience with knowing my neighbours and such, you make good money, but u cap off pretty easily, so get in young.
    - medicine - not sure..residency?
    - social sciences - law school, teachers college, etc sum sort of grad school
    - kinesiology/sports med/nutrition - u better get your ass into some sort of grad school because about every kid i know who is on a sports scholarship or decided against med school is in these programs and will be fighting tooth and nail for jobs in a few years - unfortunately some will become gym teachers...not a bad job but too bad they wasted time in university..


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    I agree with you totally Rowerboy!


    Some people do make stupid comments?

    If the question is stupid then ok answer it in a stupid way!

    I wish you luck!!!!
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    Jul 01, 2008 10:08 AM GMT
    TurkishDelightI agree with you totally Rowerboy!


    Some people do make stupid comments?

    If the question is stupid then ok answer it in a stupid way!

    I wish you luck!!!!


    erm... ROFL. I hope you didn't mean what I think you meant. icon_lol.gif

    And yeah. *nods sagely* Sum people make stupid comments. icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 01, 2008 11:11 AM GMT
    Life after college? Yep, I got my MBA, which was pretty intense, found a job in Toronto and have been here ever since.

    I actually hated my undergraduate years in University. I was closeted, lonely and depressed. My life improved significantly after I left University.

    As for having a social life when one is in the work world, it is easier if you live in a city with a vibrant gay community. I played volleyball, joined the gay outdoor's club, played softball, did volunteer work, and of course went to the bars on weekends to party and hopefully meet new people. I am an extreme introvert so meeting new true friends was a real challenge, but I did manage to meet a few.

    I personally like being involved in the so-called "real" world and would not have coped well with a life in academia.

    The only drawback of working day in and day out is your life seems to go by very quickly and after twenty plus years of working with no more than 2 weeks holidays at a time, a feeling of burnout starts to creep in.