Many of you have gone far, far, away for college, and others nearby. Either way, you’ve started to create a life outside of “home base” for yourself. Summer approaches, and many of you are coming back for the break. Several of you are also graduating from college and heading back home (15 college graduates this year!), which is a definite shift in the routine you’ve been on for all these years. You are being called the “boomerang generation”- what a name! You’re thrown out into the world of independent living, and boomerang back to where you started after you graduate. And in the bigger scope of things, it’s important to understand what it means to “come back home.” For many SRA students, you’ve been raising yourself most of your lives, and are resilient in adjusting and accepting change. You are admired for that! This post is meant to create a space where we can share advice and feedback on heading back, but keeping our chins up and our goals focused on the future. Here are some of my tips:
1. Keep your eye on the prize– You’ve come a long way, don’t forget that. It will be easy to fall back into old habits, or get caught up with old “drama.” You are a successful individual who is rising above and paving the way for a strong, independent future! If something comes up, remember to stop and give yourself a moment to think about how you will approach the situation. If you hit a bump in the road, that’s okay too. We are only human. Just get back behind the wheel and keeping driving forward.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help– You still have people around you who continue to care! Just because college is over doesn’t mean those connections you built are over. Your advisors, your mentor, your friends, your professors – are all still there to help you when you have a hiccup! And if you are still pondering the wonders of what it means to enter the working world, you have a wonderful career department with SRA to help you figure those questions out. Anna and Lauren are there to help you with your resume, interview prep, seeking out opportunities, and exploring different areas of interest!
3. Don’t rush it– Sometimes, expectations get set really, REALLY high- somewhere, somehow. The expectation to have a ton of money, own the fancy car, buy a new house. Slow down and don’t stress out about it! You are in your early 20’s and have your entire life ahead of you. If you can, take time to travel and see the world! Or as mentioned above, if you want to explore employment opportunities, keep an open mind and see what you really like. Enroll in an exercise class. Start a new hobby. Continue to remember to focus on you! The other stuff will come as you continue forward.
4. Continue to set goals – As you slow down to take a few deep breaths, don’t forget to set new goals (That doesn’t mean stress out about them). It’s just important to set benchmarks that continue to motivate us. If you’ve entered the working world, you may not have a lot of time to slow down, but try your best to take some time every week and ask yourself what you are aiming for. Goals propel us forward, and we all know you are good at achieving them!
What other feedback do you have? Alums, your input is encouraged!
“Always remember- You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –A.A. Milne – Winnie the Pooh