A fresh start awaits you after graduation, but be wary of college habits that won’t serve you in your new life. Now is the time to start considering healthier choices to help you excel as you make your next career move. Check out our tips for which habits to bring with you as you transition and which to leave behind on campus.
What to Leave Behind
Being the last one to leave the party
During college it’s not uncommon to stumble into class bleary-eyed because of a late night out, but that won’t help you when you have a 9 to 5. Instead, go to bed at a reasonable time when you know you have work in the morning. Your co-workers are counting on you, so be well rested and at your best.
Pulling an all-nighter to finish your homework
When you have a lot of assignments on your plate, it can be easy to lose sight of one and then hurry to finish it, with little thought given to your sleep schedule. Instead, learn to prioritize your work. Make a note of all deadlines in advance so they don’t surprise you. Assess what needs to be done right away and what can be completed later.
Your messy dorm room
With a busy schedule and no one holding you accountable, the clutter might pile up. But when you live in a new apartment, with new roommates, that won’t be acceptable. Instead, work on building a harmonious home wherever you move to. Pitch in and keep your space clean. It’s important to have a sanctuary that supports a calm and rested mind.
What to Take With You
The sense of community
One of the pleasures of campus life is having your closest friends available. They may or may not move with you, but there will probably be a few alumni wherever you go. Nurture these connections and approach new relationships with the same enthusiasm you had in college.
Get involved in extra curricular activities
Another bonus of college life are the activity groups you may have joined. Continue to explore new interests. Websites like meetup.com offer social hangouts for people with similar hobbies.
After following the same schedule each week, your body starts to adjust to an inner clock. Continue to build good habits. Aim to go to sleep around the same time each week. Building yourself a structure will help you feel comfortable and settled in your new life.