It’s been almost exactly a year since I’ve graduated with my Bachelor of Arts from UBC and although sometimes I miss being a student, I don’t miss things like the nights pulling all-nighters, being broke and elevated levels of stress. What I miss the most is seeing my friends on campus and the social activities on campus.
UBC was a time of new experiences and self-learning for me. I was really shy when I first entered university, so I decided to join a sorority in my third year and my experience in a sorority really helped me with my shyness. Although I’m now working towards a field unrelated to what I majored in, I had a great time in university and met the most amazing people.
Here are 15 things learned a year after graduating university:
- A lot of people don’t actually work in the field they majored in.
- University doesn’t prepare you for the workforce unless you seek out opportunities yourself.
- Networking is really important and I wish I would have done more of it while I was still in school.
- People change and friendships change.
- Having a degree is not enough. Employers look for experience and skills with proven results in addition to a degree.
- People will tell you that an Arts degree is useless but don’t understand the sweat, tears, late nights of studying and breakdowns that went into being able to graduate.
- University is the only time where it’s acceptable to get drunk on a Wednesday night and go to class/work hungover.
- Dating in university VS dating post-university is quite different.
- Some things like haircuts become more expensive because I don’t get a student discount anymore.
- Everything that I thought was cool when I was in University (like frat boys and frat parties) are actually really trivial.
- Money becomes a more common theme and topics such as if I will be able to afford to live in Vancouver, how many years should I wait to purchase a new car, should I move out or continue living at home to save money, etc.
- Don’t stay in a toxic work environment just because I need the money.
- Maintaining friendships with friends who are still in university gets a lot harder because I am not on campus anymore.
- From my experience working in offices, people drink a lot of coffee (and I thought students drank a lot of coffee).
- It’s okay not to have my life figured out once I’ve graduated university because there is so much more growing and learning to do.
I’d like to end this post with a quote written on the walls of my practicum placement, “Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one” -Dr. Emmet Brown.