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5 Things We All Need to Know About Our First Post-Grad Summer

New Job, New Life, New Bills, Who Dis?

I saw the funniest meme yesterday that perfectly describes my first post-grad summer! It says, “When you get a job right out of college and you gotta do adult stuff but you’re still a kid inside” with a picture of a baby dressed in a mini power suit, sitting in a little office. IF THAT ISN’T ME, Y’ALL! I feel like a baby every single day when it involves waking up early in the morning, getting myself dressed, and getting my OWN baby together for the day. Is this real life? I really pay a car note now? And my phone bill? And soon, RENT?! Out of my own paycheck?! Not to mention being responsible for keeping a little human alive. Don’t even let me start on the chunk that comes out of each paycheck for insurance.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am not in any way complaining for real for real. I am extremely lucky to have a job I actually like and I am even more blessed to come straight out of college with this job. But with a great job comes great responsibility…or something like that. I am learning how to adult AND parent. Today, I am letting y’all in on a few tips we all need to know to survive our first post-grad summer, and our first post-grad job. Now, this is technically my first post-grad summer, because last summer I was still taking a few journalism classes. So this is my official first post-grad summer, and here is what I am learning.

You Don’t Get a Summer Vacation

Okay, this is a given. Unless I was a teacher, I already know that I don’t get to go on any cool vacations this summer because I have a job. But, that doesn’t mean that I can’t take mini-vacations on the weekend to somewhere relatively close. Lucky for us down here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we live on the beach, or near the beaches of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. I also live a good hour and a half from New Orleans, LA which is easily one of the best cities in the United States. We are also six hours from Memphis, TN and five and a half hours from Atlanta, GA. This makes weekend trips more sporadic, and fun. So for my first post-grad summer, I plan to take as many weekend trips as I possibly can. I have Chicago down. Next on the list is New Orleans and Atlanta!

You Get Baby-Fever, Puppy-Fever, or Some Sickness That Would Require Responsibility

Before you even graduate college, you’re already getting questions about what your future plans are. By the time you’re a graduate, you might start thinking about the next steps. Family, marriage, jobs, etc. We start seeing our friends having children, getting engaged, and buying homes. In my case, I did NOT have baby fever, but I did have a baby. Some people, however, do get baby fever, or puppy fever, or some other sickness that would require a high level of responsibility. SIDENOTE: My puppy was more difficult than my newborn. At least my newborn slept all day and couldn’t move around and destroy stuff. He does now, but that’s a different story. If you’re one of the few who has a clear conscience and don’t long for a new baby, a new puppy or even a new car, then good for you. Embrace it. I say that with all seriousness. I was able to embrace all of my new responsibilities because I was ready. Not to say that it isn’t hard, but it’s more enjoyable when you’re ready.

You Have Money and Energy, but No Time

Have you ever heard that when you’re a child, you have time and energy, but no money? When you’re an adult, you have energy and money, but no time; and when you’re older you have money and time, but no energy? I really believe in that! I make a good living wage, and I love going places on the weekends, but it seems like there is no time to do everything I want to do! Working from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday leaves no time to do anything during the week. On the weekends, I’m trying to do any shopping needed, or I’m trying to clean or catch up on sleep. It seems impossible to get everything done, but I feel like I am creating a good balance between hanging out with friends, spending time with my family, and having weekends where it’s just Jaxon and I all day. How does my mom get everything done and make it look so effortless?!

Read: “Know Your Worth: A Guide to Negotiating Salary”

It’s Difficult Being On Time

I have to be WHERE at WHAT TIME?! Last time I was up anywhere at 8 AM was in high school… But no, really. In college, we have the choice of when we want to take a class, and on what days. When you graduate and enter the work-force, you have to be at work when you’re told. Depending on your field, you will either work every weekday, for 36-40 hours a week, or you’ll work a few days a week, 12 hours a day, or some variation. I knew I would have to be at work every day at 8 AM. But I didn’t know how difficult it would be until I actually made the attempt. I say attempt because I’m good on some days, other days life just gets the best of me and I’m a few minutes late. I’ll be late to my own funeral, TBH. But it’s hard to adjust from being able to pick your schedule for four years, to being prompt and present five days a week, 365.

YOU DO YOU, BOO BOO!

The biggest takeaway from this is that when you graduate from college, you realize during your first post-grad summer that you can do whatever it is that you want! You’ve made it through school, and now, it’s ultimately up to you on whether you want to go to grad-school, enter the working world, or even travel the world. I know people that have done it many different ways. It’s a bit relaxing to know that we have a choice in what we want to do. My biggest choice after graduation was deciding where to live. I ended up moving back home, and I do not regret it at all. I sometimes wonder what my life would be like had I not been in such a rush to get a job, but I do love having the means to support my family, and my shopping habit. LOL. The point is, every choice I made was what I WANTED to do. And that is the most important thing you need to know when it comes to surviving your first post-grad summer.

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