June 23, 2014
By: Laine Carey @snakesona_laine
3 years ago this fall, I moved into Wilson Hall on West Green at Ohio University, completely unaware of what the coming years would bring. Long story short: I fell in love! And I’m not the only one. I think it’s safe to say that all Bobcats are happy residents of our little heaven that is Athens.
It’s been a great ride and I can’t wait to see what the coming years will- wait, what? – I…I have to leave? – What is this “graduation” you speak of? – UGHHHH.
Unless the real world is full of friendly people, delicious food, Athens bricks, cheap drinks and beautiful buildings at every turn, leaving OU will be tough. Here are a few tips to help!
1. Start your job search
You’re a busy senior balancing papers, exams, club activities, a social life, naps and so on. Even though it might seem impossible to load anything else onto your schedule, add job searching to that list! Time is limited in the real world. Go to job-search and resume workshops – also don’t forget to update your LinkedIn profile. Network. Seek out alumni who are in your field and ask them for professional advice. Ideally, once you graduate, you won’t even have much time to miss Athens – you’ll be too busy at your new job!
2. Don’t panic
Take a few deep breaths. Motivation and confidence will come naturally as long as you take steps to ensure success after graduation. If you’re patient and you work hard, things have a way of working out.
3. Look to the future
Get excited! The real world is what you make it. It’s a brand new adventure. Don’t just think about job title. Think about where you want to live. Think about what kind of environment you want to work in. Think about that first pair of designer shoes that you spend your hard-earned money on. Think about the tiny garden you start on your apartment’s roof. Think about your new favorite little restaurant. You could be anywhere in 5 years. Isn’t that sort of amazing?
4. Live in the present!
If you’re a senior, make time to live it up. Soak it all in. Also, remember, once you graduate, you’re still a young person allowed to have fun. And don’t worry, you can always come back and visit Athens (just not every weekend…).
5. Cherish your friendships
The friends you make in college are for life. Prepare to drift away and grow apart from a few, but prepare to miss others more than Big Mama’s Burritos. By the time graduation rolls around, they are basically your family. Treasure those trips to the grocery store that feel like adventures. Relish in those late-night snack sessions. Go on a road trip at 3AM! And don’t forget to lean on each other when you’re lost and confused and doing real-person things like vacuuming your car.