More Graduation Advice From A Recent Grad

by Madeleine Smith on April 18, 2017

I recently wrote a post titled "Advice I Wish Someone Would Gave Me Before Graduation" on the Hometeam blog.  After receiving an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, I decided to share some more information I think will be extremely helpful to people about to leave the security and comfort of undergraduate life.  

1.  The best investment you can make is in yourself: Considering graduate school?   The percentage of people in the United States who have completed a master’s or higher degree increased from 5 percent in 1995 to 9 percent in 2015. People who earn graduate degree tend to make more over their lifetime.  According to a study by Georgetown University, graduate degree holders make $17,000 more annually than people with bachelor's degrees.  So if you are unsure about whether or not graduate school is worth it, take the chance! 

2. Moving home is not the end of the world:
Graduating is even more stressful when you consider that leading up to it, you may not even know what city you will be living in.  Many of my friends did not know where their jobs would be until after graduation.  Because of this, it is nice to know that Mom and Dad have your back.  Thirty-six percent of graduating seniors plan to live at home at least a year or more after graduation according to an article by CNBC.  If you decide to go back to Mom and Dad, even if its just to save some more money, you are in good company.  

3. Student loans suck, but you aren't alone:
According to CNN, 40 million Americans have student loan death (I mean debt).  Student loans are extremely common and can be extremely scary.  Many employers will help you pay off your student loans and their are resources out there to help you.  For tips to pay off your student loans, click here.  There are some good news related to student debt, paying your payments increases your credit score, making it easier later on in life to do things like buy a house or pick a credit card


I hope these tips help you as you transition into one of the most rewarding times in your life.  Enjoy the ride, and remember, the real world is cool too!