College Student Blog

10 Jul, 2012

What’s Life Really Like After Graduating College?

Posted by: Parker In: Post-College

College was definitely one of the best times of my life because I stepped out and did so many things.  By the time it was all said and done, I graduated with a double major in Marketing and International Business, and double minored in Spanish and Economics.  I studied abroad for a semester in Mexico and had the wonderful opportunity to complete an internship while I was there.  I enjoyed the experience so much that I studied abroad in Spain for a semester the following year.  The average person just wants to graduate in four years with one major especially since the cost of college is on the rise.  But I thought I was doing something really big with all of my accomplishments and still graduating on time in four years, but I was wrong.


Growing up, I was very active and involved in sports and taking music lessons.  No matter how good anybody was, everybody always received a trophy or some certificate after the season was over.  So many things fell right into place the first 22 years of my life and I felt that since I did what I was told to do, I would get rewarded.  But after I graduated in May of 2009 and didn’t have a job offer lined up, I was crushed.  I kept telling myself that I did everything “right” so why didn’t I have the “right” job?


Unfortunately in our society, some of us are raised in a protective bubble and think we deserve everything because in the past, it was actually just handed to us.  I remember being excited my last semester at the thought of not having to write any more papers or prepare for intense exams.  I wanted to live on my own and do whatever I pleased.  Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great things about graduating but when the dishwasher breaks and you don’t have any money, so you’re tasked with fixing it yourself, somehow, everything feels like it’s broken.


Being prepared for the transition is what I lacked but knowing how things really are means that you don’t have to go through what I did.  Here are just a few suggestions to do while you’re still in college for making the next phase of life great:


1)      Start working on making contacts at the company that you would like to work for.  Doing informational interviews is a good way to build relationships.

2)      Network with people from your university.  I know mine had events where we could talk with alumni.  It’s a good opportunity to talk to them and get advice.  Also, talk to your professors to see if they would be willing to write a recommendation or if  they know of anybody who could open the door for you.

3)      Stay in touch with the people you network with.  Perhaps five years down the line, the perfect opportunity is waiting for you so hopefully your name will be the first thought because you stayed in touch with certain people.

4)      Complete an internship at a company that you would like to work for or one where you would be doing similar tasks.  I suggest keeping the internship for as long as possible and the earlier you start, the better.  Employers are looking for people with experience and that is what most college graduates lack.

5)      Have fun! Enjoy this time and don’t be in such a hurry to get through it.  Once you’ve graduated, there’s no going back to this moment.  I did go back for my MBA but it wasn’t the same as undergrad.


Cynamon Frierson has her MBA and is an active volunteer.  She believes in enjoying life, always continuing to gain knowledge, and giving back to help people out.  You can follow her on twitter @CynamonF

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