I am not a Real World pro by any means, but I have been out of college for about half a year now. (Mind-blowing.)
Six months, apparently, is enough time for reality to sink in and make one realize that no, you are not, in fact, going back to school. You are done with homework and exams and assigned readings. You are done with college, period.
Now that I have entered this thing called The Real World, learning a new routine has come with several challenges I had not at first anticipated. Who knew not having to work on homework at night would cause a (mini) identity crisis?
I love my job! It’s fantastic!
However, when I come home from work, I often find myself not knowing what to do next. I have been so used to tackling homework or going to extra-curricular meetings for the past few years now, that with that suddenly gone, my evenings are free. No meetings, no homework. Suddenly, I have a personal life again.
I do not miss homework at. all., but I do (in a way) miss the routine I had so strategically created and mastered. For those of you out of college, please tell me I’m not alone, and that I’m normal(ish).
But, that’s not all. Instead of boring you with a long blog post, here are
10 Things I Have Learned (So Far) In The Real World.
1. Finding a hobby you can do at night is a great idea.
2. Time management is still important.
3. Packing your lunch the night before is a genius idea.
4. So is choosing your outfit.
5. Cardigans are the best thing ever. Get one in every color.
6. Find a podcast series or create a music playlist to listen to on your commute.
7. Don’t forget about your friends. Stay in touch.
8. Read for fun. It’s not overrated.
9. Pay your bills, save your money.
10. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ever.
There is already many more items I could add to that list, and as I keep learning, that list will continue to grow. That’s the cool thing about life. You’re always learning something new!
What about you? What are some things you have learned while entering The Real World?