This semester we will be posting a series of short essays based on discussions from the upper-level colloquium. Our first entry, written by Taylor Kunkes (Spanish Major), highlights some budget and networking strategies to consider.
Additionally, the colloquium will be hosting a series of workshops that will be open to all honors students. On March 11, Jeremy Corrente from Financial Aid Office will be talking about dealing with debt (Williams Center G103B). On March 25, Laurie Esign from the Office of Human Resources will give a presentation on employee benefits and thinking beyond salaries (Williams Center G103B). And on April 1, Kathleen Gradel from the School of Education will offer helpful advice on shaping your digital identities (Williams Center 204D). All talks are on Wednesdays from 7:00-7:50pm.
We’re often told that college will be the best four or so years of our lives, which leads us to think that it’s all downhill from here. But the reality is it doesn’t have to be. On Wednesday, February 18, the honors colloquium held a discussion on what life after college would be like. Discussion ranged from finances, to social life, and to the various resources available to tap into.
For many, finances are the biggest concern after school. Between paying back student loans, purchasing a vehicle, and finding a job or possibly more schooling, who has time to decipher the world of financial logistics? While there are many financial opportunities available, the easiest is to start by finding a method of saving money that works for you. Julie Legnard introduced us to the envelope system. For each aspect of your life, you have a new envelope: gas, groceries, school, miscellaneous spending money, etc. After budgeting for these items, the rest of the money goes in the bank to be saved for a future date. By using this, Julie explained that she’s always covered for what she needs, so she isn’t spending the money on something she wants that could be going towards something she really needs.
In the transitioning world away from college life, many may experience a lull in their social life. Dr. David Kinkela strongly encourages networking. Graduating doesn’t mean cutting ties with everyone from your new alma mater. Professors, other alumni, and many others on the campus can help you connect to new career opportunities, community clubs, and give you new perspectives on what is ahead now that you’re fresh out of school. Campus in many ways is a hub of people, where you’re always surrounded. Out in the real world, these people don’t surround us so closely, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Take advantage of the opportunities your network can offer, look at local community education classes, or just take a walk and see what you find.
The time right after graduation might be hectic with a new set of challenges. The uncertainty of this period is actually a benefit. This transition period can be used for traveling, new discoveries, and most importantly, a well-deserved period of relaxation (if only temporarily).
For other tips on life after college take a look at these articles: