Life as a graduand

Hi guys. So, I am back writing blog posts and I have officially finished Uni! It was hard work towards the end, but so worth it, as I have now graduated with a 2:1 – bring on November for the graduation ceremony in the wonderful Worcester cathedral!

I had the best time at Uni and it does feel really strange to be finished and not living in Worcester anymore – no more worrying about assignments, no more movie nights that turn into late night gossips and no more popping into town for a nice walk along the river!

It has taken a while to adjust to the differences of finishing Uni and that is probably expected. So, I thought I’d give some advice on how to prepare for finishing University altogether and a little insight into the life of a graduand!

  1. Plan, plan & plan!

It is important to know what you will want to be doing once you’ve graduated. It is likely that the contract on your student house will be finishing soon (if you’re in digs) and so you will need to plan where you will be moving to after Uni.

Also, have you planned to get a graduate job? Do you already have a job to go straight into? Do you want to enjoy your last summer before stepping into the big wide world of work?

Whatever you chose to do, I recommend that you have a loose plan of what you want to do and where you will be going.

  1. Make sure you have a source of income

The final student loan came in in April and with all the celebrating that may have been done after all the assignments were handed in, money can disappear very quickly.

It is important that you know you are going to have some kind of money for after you finish Uni. This might mean that you need to apply for a little job whilst you find a full-time graduate job or a job related to you degree.

Also, if you have taken on a student overdraft, it is likely that your bank will want this repaid within 2-3 years of you graduating so it is important that you have considered this.

  1. Make time to speak to your Uni friends!

You’ve just spent the best part of 3 years with your mates from Uni and it’s likely you’ve made some of the best memories with these people.

When you move away from your Uni town, it can be easy to lose touch with some people as you all go different ways.

However, make time to speak to them or FaceTime every so often – it’ll be good to share memories years from now!

  1. Keep yourself busy

It can become a difficult task to adjust to life after Uni. If you have nothing planned for after Uni, you can feel a bit lost. Hours of sitting with your laptop and applying for jobs can become tedious and you may feel as though you miss your freedom and independence again.

It is key that you find things to do to keep yourself busy. Meet up with old friends, find a new hobby or take up a new exercise (I have recently started running).

  1. REMEMBER…Have fun!

At the end of the day, you have just completed University and worked really hard over the last 3 years.

I’d say the main thing to do, as soon as you have had your last exam or handed in that last assignment is to enjoy yourself and celebrate. You need time to wind down and concentrate on yourself.

So, whatever you have decided to do, make sure it is the right thing for you and just enjoy it!

I hope this has helped and you have gained some insight into what to expect once you finish Uni.

Thanks for reading, Charlotte