As the great Bob Dylan said, “The times they are a changin’.” That statement could not be more true for college students. For a lot of us it is our first time living on our own and experiencing true independence. While it’s a very exciting time, it’s not always easy. And just as we think we are getting the hang of it, we are so thoughtfully reminded by our school to confirm our graduation date because the real world is right around the corner.
But before you start having an anxiety attack, take a step back to look at what amazing opportunities lie ahead of you. You are on your way to finishing college, you have your whole life ahead of you, and you can do just about anything! Yeah, it can be scary to think about the future, but it can also be incredibly exciting!
Change is never easy. No matter how hard we try to make the process go as smoothly as possible there’s always bound to be some kind of complication. So here are 4 things to keep in mind while going through any transition
1. Don’t Panic
Whatever you do, do not panic. Panicking will only make change more taxing than it already is. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the stress of the situation because freaking out will only distract you from what you need to do.
2. Be Proactive
If the transition is something that you are anticipating, that’s great! Take the time you have between now and then to do whatever you can to make it easier for yourself. For instance if you know you are moving to a new city, maybe you could do some research about your neighborhood or save up some extra cash in case things are more expensive there. If you can do anything before the change occurs to make it easier on yourself, you’ll be thankful you did.
3. Be Patient
Change takes time to get used to. You might hate your new job for the first month because you don’t know anyone, and things are unfamiliar to you. But as you become more comfortable, it will get better. Allow yourself time to adjust, not everything falls under the old adage of “love at first sight.” Give it time!
4. Stay Positive
Finally, be optimistic! Things will look much better if you have a smile on your face.
So whether you’re beginning your freshman year this fall in a new city, or you’re about to start your first job out of college, take leadership of your life to make the change a little bit easier.