On May 16, the shackles of blue book exams, bad campus food and eccentric professors fell off my exhausted shoulders, and I, along with many others, found myself thrust into the exciting yet unfamiliar world of post-graduation.
My alma-mater is the University of Wisconsin-Madison (yay Badgers!), and while the college experience is something I will never forget, it’s nice to finally move on.
Years before I scurried across the stage to receive my well-earned diploma, I heard horror stories of past students who crashed and burned in their attempts (or lack thereof) to assimilate into the real world. These stories ranged from a girl who still felt her parents should pay her $800 a-month rent to a guy who lived to regret taking out a $5,000 loan to pay for his coveted spring break trip to Miami.
Oh yes, many find the road to making it in the “real world” is littered with mistakes because they didn’t understand the changes the post-graduation world brings. After graduation, many students find the safety net replaced with the spikes of serious consequences. It’s a path that I am trying to navigate, but luckily, throughout the summer we can try to navigate it together.
That’s why I want to share my experiences with students in various stages of college life — whether they’re just starting school, in the middle of their studies, about to graduate, or wading their way through post-graduation life, like me. I know there are students who’ve made mistakes either because the information wasn’t there or because they didn’t know where to get the information.
If I can steer one student away from making a costly mistake then I’ve done my job.
Editor’s note: Please help us welcome Jessica, who will be blogging on The Student LoanDown throughout the summer.