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Post-Grad Dilemmas

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- Written by Yubo Team

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Graduation season is upon us. Whether you’re graduating college, university, or high school, it can be pretty daunting thinking about what comes next. And once you make your decision of what path you’d like to take, it can be tricky handling such a change. That uncertainty you may feel now, and every step of the way in the future, is normal. We understand how you may be feeling about the future, so, let’s break that down.

Where to go next?

You’ve just graduated, and it’s time to face the next chapter of your life. But with that comes the uncertainty of what exactly that chapter entails. Do you continue your education, do you start your life in the real world, or do you just relax, enjoy the summer, and make the big decisions later? Maybe you chose to move to a new city or state. Are you considering a gap year to explore new things? The possibilities are endless, and it can be overwhelming to make such an important decision. It's important to remember that whatever choice you make, it's okay to feel uncertain. Change is never easy, and it's natural to question your choices and wonder if you're doing the right thing.

But the truth is, there’s no right or wrong path to take after graduation. It’s important to remember that the decisions you make now aren’t set in stone. You can always change your mind and pursue a different path down the road. So, take your time, do your research, and make the decision that feels right for you.

How do you cope with the uncertainty of post-grad life? The key is to set realistic goals and create a plan for achieving them. This can help you feel more in control of your future and give you a sense of purpose. Whether your goals are related to your career, personal life, or hobbies and interests, make sure they are specific, measurable, and achievable. Break them down into smaller steps and set deadlines to keep yourself on track. Focus on the little wins, and you’ll be on the right path. 

How to deal with loneliness post-graduation?

Another challenge of post-grad life is the loneliness that can come with it. You may find yourself feeling disconnected from your peers, missing your friends and family, or struggling to make new connections in a new place. This is completely normal, and it's important to remember that you're not alone in feeling this way. But the good news is, there are steps you can take to cope with these feelings and make the most of your post-grad life.

One of the first things you can do is to actively seek out new connections. This may be easier said than done, especially if you're an introvert or feel shy in new situations. But remember, you're not the only one feeling this way. There are likely many other post-graduates in your area who are looking to make new friends and connections as well. Consider joining a local club or group that interests you, attending social events, or even reaching out to someone you admire on social media to strike up a conversation.

Another way to combat loneliness is to stay engaged in activities that bring you joy. This could be anything from joining a sports team to volunteering at a local charity or attending cultural events. Not only will you get to engage in activities that you enjoy, but you'll also have the opportunity to meet new people who share your interests. And who knows, you may even meet someone who becomes a lifelong friend!

It's also important to be open to new experiences and try new things. This can be difficult, especially if you're used to sticking to your comfort zone. But stepping outside of your comfort zone can be a great way to meet new people and expand your interests. Whether it's trying a new hobby or taking a class in something you've always been interested in, be open to new experiences and don't be afraid to take risks.

Of course, sometimes, it can be difficult to make new connections, even when you're putting in effort. In these situations, it's important to remember that it's okay to feel lonely. You're going through a major life transition, and it's natural to feel a sense of loss or grief for the social connections you had in the past. Be gentle with yourself and take time to reflect on your feelings. Sometimes, simply acknowledging and accepting your emotions can be a powerful step towards feeling better.

If you're really struggling with feelings of loneliness or isolation, don't hesitate to seek out professional help. Many post-graduates experience mental health issues like anxiety or depression during this transition period, and it's important to get the help you need if you're struggling. Consider reaching out to a therapist, counsellor, or support group to talk through your feelings and get the support you need.

Remember, you're not alone in feeling this way, and with time and effort, you can build a fulfilling and meaningful life beyond graduation.

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