Whether it’s taken you two years or 10 years, your college graduation is imminent. Celebrate how hard you worked, how late you stayed up and all the caffeine you drank when you finally receive your diploma. After the ceremony, prop your feet up and consider these 11 things about what it’s like to be out of college, whether you just graduated or have a few years before you get there.
After you graduate, the cap and gown you paid for is yours to keep. We encourage you to explore as many opportunities as possible after your ceremony; use that flat hat as a book end, a knife to spread peanut butter and jelly, a cat toy — get creative!
With graduation comes a few less expenses, from parking to commuting to the obligatory Starbucks before your 8 a.m. class. Now it’s time to prepare yourself for a whole new set of expenses: student loans!
9. PICK YOUR PARTY
Many college graduates are eligible to attend multiple ceremonies, including their academic major-specific graduation, the general university graduation and the honors graduation if they’re in the program. If you’re graduating this year, make sure to let your friends and family know which ones to catch!
8. WORTH IT
The majority of college graduates say their education was worthwhile and it was a good investment. Of grads making six figures or more, 98 percent said it was worth it while 63 percent of those making $50,000 or less said the same.
Many college graduates take the opportunity to travel before procuring a job. One option grads have is the Peace Corps, an organization that recruits volunteers to travel to a host country to live and work on projects. More than 220,000 Americans have participated and call it a “life-defining” experience.
6. BIG FEAT
Graduation is a huge deal! In fact, only 63 percent of students graduate within three to six years. It’s totally worth changing your Facebook profile picture for.
5. ROAD TRIP IT
If you’re feeling the travel bug but can’t commit to a global adventure, consider visiting cities in the U.S. you never hit growing up. Many websites rank destinations and resources for college graduates looking to travel cheap and stay in hostels in cities like New Orleans, New York and Las Vegas.
4. DON’T STOP
Just because you’re done with school doesn’t mean you to have to stop learning. Many major companies sponsor fellowships or internships designed specifically for college graduates.
3. BACK 2 SKOOL
A 2015 study showed an increase in graduate programs for all races and genders. Maybe your best post-grad plan is to go to grad school.
2. GETCHA A JOB
ASU has one of the best post-graduation employment rates in the country. In fact, 87 percent of ASU undergraduates and 90 percent of graduate students report having a job or receiving an offer within 90 days of graduation.
1. SUN DEVIL FOR LIFE
Just because you graduated doesn’t mean you can’t come back. Visit alumni.asu.edu for information about becoming an ASU alumni member. The alumni association features dinners, fundraisers, football game parties and even international travel opportunities.