You Graduated High School. Now What?

You probably have no idea what to do but don’t worry because I have a few tips to get you started. First of all, college is not for everybody and for all of those who are reading this thinking you’re going to get talked into college or this whole post is going to cover being “college ready” then you’re sadly mistaken. I promote both college and career first paths after high school. You can be very successful with either a college degree or not. A college degree doesn’t make you better than anybody else, and that’s coming from someone who is almost a college graduate. With that being said, let’s get into my tips.

Tip #1: Prepare for College Orientation

If you decided to take the college route, your college orientation should be coming up soon. If you have to travel a long distance you should probably check hotels and parking within or around your university. I would also suggest that you tag along your parents and/or some type of older adult with you. When I had my college orientation I brought my Mom, and she was a huge help. You’re going to be going pretty much around the entire campus. You’re going to register for classes also so be sure to speak with your advisor about your major and career goals so you can be on the right track. Wear tennis shoes! And introduce yourself to as many people as possible. Don’t be shy. One of my biggest regrets in college was probably not coming out of my shyness. I have a pretty nice solid network, but I’m pretty sure it could have been larger if I were more outgoing as a freshman.

Tip #2: Apply for a Summer Job

Graduation is over! Hallelujah! If you’re not taking the college route, or if you’re in need of some extra cash for school, I suggest getting a part time job for the summer. Now if you’re bougie like most people, I’m not saying McDonald’s or your nearest Starbucks, but you can apply to grocery stores or places like Bath and Body Works or even a department store. This will be a start to your resume and you will gain experience enough to land a better job in the future or even be promoted.

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