Opinion: The Journey After College

The Journey After College

Now that you’ve graduated from college, what’s the plan?

I just graduated, what’s next?

I’m sure many people around the country have asked or will ask that question over the next few weeks (and throughout the remainder of the year).

I’m in the same boat as you.

But, I’m not stressed or scared (not yet at least). Throughout my time in college, I’ve had a taste of what comes after college. I’ve grown aware of the concept of debt, loans, working full time, time management, finances, and the nigh crippling stress that comes with adulting.

My mindset is purely focused on what step to take next, which options to utilize, and the long-term outcomes of my decisions.

Personally, I’m juggling two main options.

The first involves going to Law School, an endeavor that will require another three (maybe more) years of academics. The second option involves the ability to immediately head into the working world and set-off on the post-graduate grind.

Both have their pros and cons. When it comes to law school, it appears as though most people encourage me to go through with it (probably solely for the status and money—two things I personally believe people should NOT work for).

Do you want to go straight into the work-world grind?

To be honest, I’m a bit strange. Why am I strange? Well, my personal philosophies and ideologies don’t seem to mix well with those of the general population. As a whole, we tend to emphasize getting a high-paying job, settling down, having kids, and achieving status. I’m strange because I don’t really want any of those things.

At least not at this age.

We try to keep up with the Benjamins (or maybe the Kardashians) by purchasing fancy cars, great clothes, and other items to impress people that don’t really care or matter that much.

I’m strange because I want the satisfaction of life. I want the satisfaction that comes when you tackle personal goals (outside of work) that allow you to become a better human being. I seek the flourished, fulfilled life.

I think people should seek experiences in life rather than wealth or status. Your wealth and status won’t truly define who you are but your experiences in life and your values will

Overall, my goal isn’t to be a lawyer or get paid a lot or even achieve high status. My goal is to keep growing. Learn new languages. Meet new people. See new places. I desire the growth that can only be had after being free from college.

Here’s my philosophy for everyone that’s in our age range. Enjoy life. Make mistakes. Learn what you can. Experience living. Don’t stress. Take advantage of and enjoy your freedom. The reason why I believe this is because there will come a time when you’ll get older and you’ll want to have kids. Your body will likely begin to slow down and the things that were once fun in your twenties will no longer be of interest.

Once that happens, listen to your body and do what your older self finds enjoyable. However, I believe that your twenties are a great time to be selfish. This is the age when you’re in the peak of your life. If you don’t have kids, you don’t really have any outstanding commitments or responsibilities (besides perhaps a few loans and maybe credit card payment).

I say, take advantage of it while you still can. Time never stops and it only moves forward. Enjoy every second of it and try not to rush to the end of your life. I truly believe that it’s the ultimate regret.

Interestingly enough, as I thought about what I wanted out of life, I stumbled upon a video by Gary Vaynerchuk that almost perfectly summed up what I was thinking (it’s funny how the universe tends to do that). He has a short rant about life after college and how the world is hard but life at this age is amazing. Needless to say, I was inspired and motivated to write this post to further express my opinion (also, if you couldn’t tell, I’m a huge Gary Vaynerchuk fan which should be obvious since this is the second article I’ve written with him in it).

His advice: Be high-risk!

Now, while I don’t think he means risk in a reckless sense, I do think he’s suggesting that we take advantage of our freedom and make the most of the time we have. But, what do you think? Do you believe that being high-risk is a good strategy or do you think people should immediately seek out the highest paying job possible and maximize their status and accounts? Also, what are your personal plans and philosophies?  Let me know in the comments section. I would love to hear from you and talk to you. Thanks for reading!