Before I begin, I want to give you some background information regarding why I’ve decided to write about this topic. I know that lifestyle posts that you can’t relate to can be boring and useless, but after a few of my followers reached out to me saying how much they wanted a post on this, I decided it was the right thing to do…so listen up!
I’ve recently just finished my undergraduate degree and boy does it feel good to wake up on a morning and not have the stress of the dreaded dissertation to hand in, however, I don’t always wake up with good vibes, sometimes I wake up confused, anxious, or overjoyed.
Moving on from anything in your life can be tough and nerve-wracking, I still to this day remember the day I left my primary school. I cried, a lot, and didn’t want to move on, but ten years later, here I am, having completed a degree and about to step into the big wide world of adulting. Now that I’m about to embark on my next adventure of actually being an adult, as in, getting up for a job, calculating my finance and not relying on my parents as much, I sometimes feel scared.
I’m sure that a lot of you who have recently finished university can relate when I say that although it feels super good to have completed a degree, it also feels super overwhelming, all of a sudden you find yourself entering panic mode. Have I wasted my time at university? Am I even going to get the classification I want? Oh my god, what about jobs? Why does everyone want years of experience? It’s just all too much at times. But it’s completely normal to feel that way. Whether you have experienced anxiety before, or whether you’re completely new to the feeling, it does get better, you do eventually calm down, and yes, you’re always going to feel anxious because guess what, you just completed the past three years of your life! You’re one step closer to your dreams! And although the prospect of being closer to your dreams than ever before can be amazingly exciting, we all go through the same mood swings and confusion.
I don’t want to ramble on about how it’s normal to feel certain ways during the first few weeks of completing university, but I do want to give you an insight on what to expect, so keep on reading.
1 . The Morning After!
Ahh, the morning after you’ve finished your degree, you wake up and take a big sigh of relief, you’ve finally done it, it’s only 10am? Let me go back to sleep because I sure deserve a long lie in after my hard work!
It’s midday, you’ve probably decided to actually get up now, but if you haven’t, then you sleep until you’re content babe, because I know how much sleep you can lose during the final few weeks of your degree.
You feel as though you’re in a different world, no academic work, no responsibility, no more 9am seminars, life is good. You’ve planned to go out with your friends and celebrate the past three years. Enjoy the rest of the day.
2 . A Few Days Later!
The partying and celebrating has settled down. Everyone is moving back to their hometowns. You pack up the last of your books, you can’t believe it, you’ve actually completed your degree! Go you!
You arrive back home, it’s so different to what you’re used to, because this time, you’re not returning to your accommodation after the holiday, your accommodation is no longer yours, in a few weeks, someone else will be moving in.
I have so much free time! You think. So you’ve spent the last few days doing what you want, sleeping until any time of the day (that’s if you’ve already quit that part-time job you’ve had over the past three years), and life without any cares feels good. And then it hits you, what happens now?
3 . A Week Later
You’ve may have been experiencing waves of anxiousness lately, and that’s because the future is uncertain for most of us who haven’t bagged a grad job or who don’t know for certain that we have the classification for postgraduate study.
Grad jobs, grad jobs with no experience, full time jobs, work experience, these are probably a few terms that you’ve googled lately, and let me tell you, it can be one of the most daunting experiences. You suddenly find yourself looking at salaries, questioning whether you’ll be able to live on that type of salary, and before you know it, you’re thinking that you’ll never end up in the job of your dreams and you’re going to be stuck hating whatever job you seem to find for the rest of your life.
BUT DO NOT WORRY!
Because things fall into place, things get better, and you will achieve your dreams. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again, and that’s probably what you will find yourself doing, because most of us have to start at the bottom to climb to the top.
So try not to stress too much, take a deep breath when you find yourself worrying about the future, and last but not least, remember that we all feel the way that you’re feeling, you’re never alone, and if it becomes too much, remember to always confide in someone. You are the most important person in your life, and you’ve just completed an actual degree! Take time out for yourself and reward yourself because you sure deserve it!