Life After Graduation

Nicole was born and raised in Tempe, AZ and graduated from Arizona State Universities Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has spent the past two years working for the Walt Disney Company in both California and Florida. She currently resides back home in Arizona and works for Nicole hopes to return back to Disney at some point and continue to work for the mouse!

The biggest piece of advice I could give to any post grad is to enjoy your new life and celebrate! You just accomplished one of the hardest things to do that we all know not everyone completes or even pursues in their lifetime and if you’re lucky you made it happen in four years or less. If you have future plans laid out for right after you graduate then I congratulate you but if you don’t, then let me tell you how lucky you are.

When I graduated from college in 2013 by no means did I have a “big girl” job lined up. Was that a little discouraging to watch as my fellow classmates went off to become news anchors and writers and dive into these major roles? Yes honestly it was, but then I realized I was the lucky one! I was 22-years-old, the first one in my family to earn a college degree and I had the whole world right in front of me and I could go anywhere and do anything. That to me is the best feeling anyone could ever have.

I went off and lived my dreams, packed up and moved to new places on a whim and figured out how to make that work. The year and a half between graduation and landing my first corporate job taught me more than I ever expected and that’s the life that I yearn for and want to go back to. As much as I wanted to have a career lined up for right after I graduated I cannot begin to express how happy I am that I didn’t.

The message I would like to get across to other grads recent or not is that it’s OK to not have a plan after you graduate, it’s OK to not follow everyone else into the corporate world. We are young and free and have spent years putting in hard work and effort to obtain a piece of paper just to make fellow employers and our parents happy. Now go out and celebrate, have fun, try something or somewhere new and make your life your own. Break the social norm! There is no rule book or set path that anyone has to follow. My parents used to tell me “You have your whole life to work, go out and have fun do what makes you happy”. They were right, just like always!

College is a wonderful experience and it gives you the chance to explore new outlets and see what options you have afterward. But everyone deserves the chance to follow their dreams and find themselves, to try new things and discover what it is they truly desire to do in their lifetime. There is a whole world out there and the opportunities are endless, take advantage of that. Travel the world, get a random part time job, write a blog, go on a road trip and stop and meet new people, etc. Be young and dumb while you still can!

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