The transition from “college” to “not college” can be hard. You likely are wondering what to do with your life, how to make the transition easier, how to keep in touch with old friends, and what the heck lies ahead. A new year is looming, and you’re ready to make resolutions–but what should you resolve to do? I don’t have an immediate answer for everybody, but if you’re a recent college graduate, here are five resolutions to consider.

Compile and save your best essays

If you’re anything like me, you did a lot of writing in college. Like, hundreds of pages of essays. They weren’t all crap, right? Some of them were good, and you are proud of them, and you might apply for a job where they want a writing sample, so why not keep them around? When I graduated, I saved about five of my best English essays and a data lab report to show future employers I knew what I was doing and to revisit old ideas I had really invested in. 

Connect with nearby alumni

Being away from your built-in friend base can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be isolating. Any good college will encourage you to connect with local alumni no matter where you are, but cities like NYC, Chicago, DC, and San Francisco are great hubs. Talk to your alumni office about who is in the area, go out of your way to meet them, and see what those connections can do to help you feel more at home. 

Write thank yous to favorite professors

Your professors played a big role in your college life. They taught you, mentored you, dealt with your typos and other issues, and got to know you. Take some time this year to write thank you notes and updates to your favorite professors or college associates who played a big role in your time on campus. Thank them for their role in your life, and update them on what you’re doing now. Trust me, they’ll appreciate it. 

Find a way to keep learning

Graduating college doesn’t mean you move on from learning, especially if you want to advance in your career. Keep learning, whether that means exploring graduate school, auditing a class, or taking some webinars online. I love online classes through the Learning Library, Lynda.com, Universal Class, and Coursera. Most of these are free! You could also pick someone to study for the year, one historical figure or event, and devote some time to reading and researching them–just for you. 

Drop everything high school from your resume

Now that you’re a college graduate, there shouldn’t be anything about high school on your resume unless you cured cancer and became the president while in the 10th grade. That was years ago, and hopefully, it doesn’t hold a candle to what you’ve accomplished since. If there’s still a mention of Beta Club, National Honor Society, or Prom Committee on your resume, drop it this year. Talk only about college and beyond.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member