Graduating

My entire life has been set out in my head since I was young. I’ve always known my next step; in primary school, I knew I would be going to high school, from there I knew I’d be going to college, and from there to university.

Now I’m finally coming towards the end of my education after 16 years, and I couldn’t be more excited to move onto something new, but what?! That’s the exciting part! Whenever I tell people younger than me that I have no plans fully decided on for after university, they seem terrified and shocked! I get it, I felt that way at one point! But also 1) it’s my life and I ain’t worried so why are you? 2) get to this point and you’ll long for having the entire world open for you.

I have so many paths open to me, here are a few I’ve been considering for a while:

1) Do Camp America, Camp Thailand, Camp Cambodia, or something

Even if I don’t do that this year, I might next.

2) Get a real job straight away, and move back to Liverpool

I don’t really want to do this one. I want to make the most of not being desperate for a full-time job just yet. But I will miss living in Liverpool so much. It sounds cheesy, but city life agrees with me. I love how busy it is, I love the buildings, I love that there are always new places to go, and everything is so close by. It’s gonna suck not living in a city.

3) Take a few weeks to relax like the summer holidays, then get into real life.

4) Work part-time (3/4 days a week) and use the rest of the time to do things I never do

This includes all the skills I always say I want. To just get my life in order a bit. I want to continue playing the piano, learning Japanese, learning to sew, to cook, to edit better, to take photos better, to learn how to act, to sing, write a book, who cares. I want to be a person of many talents!

5)Work part time, save money, use the long weekends I have to travel

Buzzfeed recently did a post on holidays that cost £100 or less, and I am down.

6) Pray the Star Wars bar in Manchester becomes a permanent feature

I could work there a few nights a week as the resident Obi-Wan Kenobi

7) Get experience in new things

The things I’ve began to really enjoy and would like to continue aren’t related to my degree. Whilst I enjoy law, I’ve began to take pleasure in much more creative things.

8) Apply for jobs in London

Lol. Graduate jobs are hard enough to find, especially when I’ll probably be applying to jobs outside of what my degree covers, plus ANY job in London is hard to find. And London is expensive to live in. Ideally, I’d like to move to London sometime in 2017, but part of me wants to go ASAP.

Since typing these 8 out, I’ve began to lean towards a combo of numbers 4 + 5. I want to work 3 days a week or something, use the rest of my days off for myself, to do things I never get around to doing, and then seeing if I can take a 4 day break in Europe on a budget a fair bit. I have no true responsibilities, nor do I have anyone depending on me financially or otherwise, so now is the only time in my life that I can spend as much time as I want, doing what I want, and enriching myself. Travel is something I’ve always craved, and it would be amazing to be able to do it every couple of weeks.

But hey, who knows, life changes, situations change, these things might not be the right thing for me come the time. But I feel relieved that I have a bit of a plan now.

If you’re graduating soon, what are you planning on doing? And if you don’t know, that’s super common. People seem to think having your life sorted at age 21 is the standard, but for me and many others, that’s almost our worst nightmare!

Thanks for reading, and I’m sorry I disappeared for a while, exams and coursework ruled my life for a while, but I have a ton more posts planned for the coming weeks, plus ones with more photos than this one!

1 Comment

  1. roro
    January 27, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Congrats DAve

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