Graduating: No more tree sweaters


I feel you, husky.

Recent shenanigans of my life have included: bar hopping, seeing an abandoned sweater swaying all alone in the treetops, and enthusiastically clambering up the limbs to retrieve the poor fused-threads.

With graduation rapidly approaching, it is beginning to dawn on me. These things will soon come to an end. I will soon be thrown into the world of suits and cubicles and professionalism. I don’t know if I’m ready.

In fact, I can almost guarantee I’m not ready. I know nothing of being professional, or even being an adult, for that matter. I am trying to find my way through the mist of careers while keeping my insanity. These are eight things I keep telling myself to try to keep my individuality and still get along in this big bad world.

1) Don’t care so much. People will either love you or hate you. If they love you, they’ll hire you. If they hate you, you didn’t want to work there anyway.

2) Appreciate the little things. You didn’t press the snooze button today? FANTASTIC, you rock! Go on with your bad self.

3) Vent. It’s important to let your emotions fly. Just make sure you do it to the right people at the right time.

4) Exercise. Exercising really does help you be happier (although, I often hate myself during this process). I personally am a Pilates fan, but do whatever you think is fun/helpful/will make your abs burn like hell-fire.

5) Do art. Write, paint, draw, make robots, create an infograph, glue macaroni into fun shapes, spin pottery, whatever. Create something for the world, it’s good for your karma.

6) Laugh at your own jokes. Even if they aren’t funny. You deserve it. You’re hilarious.

7) Find new things. Just because you aren’t in college anymore, doesn’t mean you quit learning. Always keep new things in your hands.

8) Take a deep-fracking-breath. Cliché, yes. But still some good advice. Breathing is important.

Graduating is an accomplishment. Remember that when you can’t find a job, feel worthless, or whatever else might come your way. You graduated college. So you can’t be all that bad.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. breannat1898
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 22:32:26

    I understand. I am graduating next week. I find that I am not as frazzled though like most of my friends who are entering the real world because I am going to Grad School.


  2. leebannister03
    Apr 23, 2014 @ 15:03:13

    Your post was cute! I don’t think that graduating college should be attached to a sense of self worth per se, but it IS such a huge accomplishment… all that hard work and scrambling pays off in many ways, not just in whether you get a job or not. And don’t assume you’ll be stuck in a cubicle with some Murphy Brown shoulder pads! What a horrible thought!


  3. andywelk
    Apr 24, 2014 @ 00:24:11

    Most of the time I love myself for hitting the snooze button four times before I actually get out of bed. A lot of the time I forget that life isn’t about getting a degree, then a job, and then retiring. Posts like this always make me recalibrate a little and think about pursuing things that I want to do that stray off the path a little bit (like being a ski bum).


  4. brittanymeans
    Apr 24, 2014 @ 08:53:13

    I really love this. I’m going to come back and read it when I graduate because I’m sure I’ll need it.


  5. hhoodrebel2010
    Apr 24, 2014 @ 15:32:59

    I feel exactly the same way as graduation is coming up. That’s why this summer I’m not going to worry so much about finding a job (though I need one!) and I’m going to travel and see family. That’ll be my last hurrah before I’ll have to come back to this blog post just to look back through your list (which is great btw) to help me with coping at entering the workforce full time. But we can do it! (I mean we have to, right? It’s what we worked so hard for.)


  6. ejlong0
    Apr 24, 2014 @ 16:47:52

    I am so ready to move on with my life. I’m not ready to grow up either, but who says I ever have to. College has been murdering me these last few semesters, and the relief of having a simple 9-5 job that I don’t have to take home with me into the wee hours of the night will be nice. Hopefully I can get that teaching position I’m aiming for! Good Luck with your searches!


  7. Kenna
    Apr 26, 2014 @ 17:56:30

    At times, I either want to jump for joy or go hide in a closet. It’s kind of weird to think that my life won’t be filled with homework. Well, for a year at least (Hooray for gap years!). I think the scariest thing about graduating is not being able to find a job. It’s almost like you need five years of experience in an actual field before you can even get into an entry-level position.


  8. Scotty
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 15:25:31

    I’m not about to detail my most recent shenanigans, but I think your point is well taken. Shenanigans are a must. If we’re not taking the time to have spontaneous fun, we’re not really living.


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