The beauty of life and also the scary part about life is the unknown. As people, we always want to know what's next? So **SPOILER ALART** here I am telling you what's next after you walk across the stage...the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between. While my experiences may be completely different from yours, I'm sure we've experienced some of the same thoughts or emotions.
If I could explain life after college in one sentence it would be a permanent summer break. Some of your friends are still in school while some are working but most of all everyone is trying to figure life out. One of the perks of being a new graduate at this time is the job market. The job market is overflowing with opportunities and is seeking to fill roles right away...this too can be scary and I don't want to in the slightest way make it seem like it's a piece of cake because it's not, but it's not impossible. It really is what you make of it.
Along with job hunting/working you're trying to figure out who you are outside from being a professional. While in college your identity in a sense is being a college student. For example, if someone were to say "tell me about yourself", like your response would be where you attend school, your major, and different organizations you may be involved in. The same is true for professionals, when someone asks you about yourself you're likely to tell them your job role, the company you work for, and what you do within that role. So not only are you trying to find your footing in your career but also find out who you are outside of your accolades. Part of figuring this out is trying a lot of new things, some of which interest you and some that you may not be interested in at all.
By trying things outside of work, you meet new people and if you're really good you'll make new friends. This aspect of life I'm just starting to dip my feet in. Whether you decide to sign up for a cycling class or join a book club, just like in college, you're bound to meet like minded individuals. You may even think you're too old to make friends but honestly you're never too old because at every point in our life we're always a newbie to something. Right now you may be new to your job, your major, your 20s, or whatever else, you get the point.
Being new to things also reminds you that there's always something that you don't know, you're always learning and adapting. Though you have this VERY expensive degree you don't know everything and in a sense this luxurious piece of paper has led you to question even more things. And though I probably won't be able answer many of your questions because we probably have the same ones, I'll pose a toast to enjoying the journey of navigating new experiences regardless of what it is and figuring this s**t out . 🥂