Soon-to-be graduates tend to be fear a lot of things looming on the horizon, and understandably so. Transitioning into the real world can be scary. The real world can be scary. Life can be scary and college is an idyllic bubble sheltered from most of the scary. But ultimately, should we really be scared about the new and unknown?
When it comes down to it, it's all about perspective. Here are four things soon-to-be grads are usually terrified of, but shouldn't actually fear.
I have no idea if I'm going to find the right job for me.
Why you're scared: You still don't know exactly what you want to be doing. Even if you have a solid idea of what you want to do, you're unsure if you can find the right opportunity to put your desires into action. You'll inevitably be stuck in some position that's only semi-related to your ideal position, and it will slowly suck the fire from your soul. Yay.
Why you shouldn't be scared: You're not supposed to have it all figured out yet. If you're a rare breed who has figured out exactly what you want to be doing at the age of 21 or 22, kudos to you, but chances are the pieces still won't immediately fall into place. And that's okay! Work experience is the most valuable asset in the universe when it comes to figuring out exactly what you want to do and what you don't want to do. College classes and clubs and hobbies simply don't cut it. Once you start working, your strengths, interests, passions, and professional desires become clearer every single week. The only way to "figure it out" is to do. Jump into work and not only will you gain professional experience, but you'll learn a hell of a lot about yourself and what you want professionally.
I'm going to be flat broke.
Why you're scared: College has been dope. Mom mails you a few bills every month, the parentals still cover most of your expenses, and you can find a $2 beer special every night of the week. And it's all about to come crashing down.
Why you shouldn't be scared: Being broke sucks. And chances are, you will be at least somewhat broke. But you know what being broke does to you? It lights a fire under your butt. It makes you work harder and reach higher. Work isn't all about the money, but when you're just starting out and you have the opportunity to grind and climb, the paper serves as a good motivator. Young professionals tend to make their quickest and largest salary gains within the first 10 years of their careers. So use your newfound brokenness as inspiration. You want to make enough money to afford $5 beers? Do good work.
I'm moving to a new place where I know nothing and no one.
Why you're scared: You've inherited a new home over the past four years. You know the best local restaurants, the liveliest bars, the gas station that's always a few cents cheaper. You're just a few minutes away from all of your closest friends. Just about everything you ever want is within a few miles reach. Life is pretty sweet.
Why you shouldn't be scared: It's nice to be comfortable. But it's more important to seize opportunities to get outside of your comfort zone when they arise. Embrace the new and the unknown, and, most importantly, have fun with it. College probably wasn't always so comfortable and familiar. It takes time and exploration and experimentation to make a place flip from the foreign to the familiar, and that's the fun part. Dive into the change and see new things, do new things, and meet new people. Those are never bad things to do.
All the fun is over.
Why you're scared: You think you may have peaked in college. You think your life may have peaked in college. You did pretty much whatever the hell you wanted whenever the hell you wanted to do it, and now you're about to sit at some lonely desk for 40 hours a week, flat broke, in a new place where you know nothing or no one. These thoughts depress you and now you're tearing up.
Why you shouldn't be scared: Guess what! The good stuff is just beginning. Life will be slightly different, but so many of those difference are exciting. Whatever you want to make of your "real" life, you have the chance to make it happen, now. No more random gen-ed classes, no more long nights studying for tests, no more pointless hypothetical GPA calculations. You now get to get out there and actually get shit done. It's all happening. It's all just beginning. Get pumped.