2020 · Career · Funny Stuff · Humor · Social Media

You’ve Just Graduated from College, Now what?

Graduate students wearing graduation hat and gown, outdoors, Taking a Selfie

Your College Years Weren’t Your BEST Years, Just a Really Fun Season!

You spent four long years toiling to get your diploma. The last several months were a bust because you had to do that whole “distant learning” thing.

You ate more pizza and downed more cups-o’-noodles than you can count. You drank more beers than… oops, ixnay on the beer count, your parents might be reading this. Let’s just say, no single beer company was in jeopardy of going out of business during your college days. But now what?

How To Change Your Life After College

Let’s hope your newfound dreams are loftier than taking selfies and living in Mom and Dad’s basement. That’s OK for 24 hours after graduation, but seriously you need to jump right into the real world and tackle it by the horns. This is because for the last four years you have been stagnant.  Here are three things not to do:

  1. Wear a Beanie like it is your own natural hair. It’s not.
  2. Outlast the people around you to see who can the longest without showering. Gross.
  3. Walk around with a cup of coffee in your hand 24/7.

Take some time to get a strategy together. Traditional colleges do not prepare students for the real world. They are for-profit businesses and have no responsibility to see that you can actually use that $145,00 piece of paper the dean handed you. Trade schools and specialized institutions like medical schools are different. They have a vested interest in their students because those schools you need that piece of paper or certification to get employed. Here are things you can do:

  1. Start a list of contacts from everyone you met during the last for years. This will be your sphere of influence in whatever business you choose. I can not tell you how many people kick themselves when they see successful people they went to the same school at the same time, but they failed to keep in touch. You don’t need to stay in touch with everyone,  you don’t need to stay in touch with the beanie head, unshowered, coffee welding zombies.
  2. Write down your goals in a paper journal, electronically in an app on your phone, or on your computer. Use this as your GPS. roadmap to get to your future success. If you were going to go to Orlando for a vacation you would not just board a plane or hop in the car. You would first research where you want to stay,  the things to do, like theme parks, nature trails, aquariums, water parks, etc…. and then also you would want to plan ahead for Mr. Brick’s favorite thing, the places you want to eat in Orlando. I highly recommend Seito Sushi in Baldwin Park. Planning is essential. You do all of this planning to maximize the time you have for vacation. Do the same time with the short time you have for your life.
  3. Smile. This sounds so overly simplistic but it is an essential ingredient in your success. Nobody wants to do hire a sourpuss. No one wants to hang with someone who is a Negative Nacy. Yes, life has its bumps, but you need to learn how to deal with it.

When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade

I won’t go into great detail here but in 2005 my identical twin brother was murdered. Personally, it was a crushing blow. Yes, it set me back. Yes, I thought I’d never been able to smile again. Time does heal all wounds. If I can recover from that…  You have no excuses. I turned my lemons not into lemonade, but into a crime novel called, inTWINition. I know my twin brother Matthew would be proud.  Check out the book inTWINition

Yes, while in school you were learning, but you were text-book learning, which is light years away from real-world learning. You are now about to go do what your professors said you could do, but they have never done for themselves.  I always remember my Nana Brick’s Golden Rule; “Those who can do, do. Those who can’t, teach!

Think of all of the nut job professors you had. Your professor may have been funny, challenging, and provocative, but in reality, they opted out of the real-world workforce in lieu of tenure. They decided to get a paycheck instead of setting the world on fire. NOTE: If you had one of those set-the-world-on-fire professors with ideas and concepts seemingly coming from planet Zeus, their sole motivation was the rile up students and get them to protest, rebel, and cause anarchy because they are too lazy to protest, rebel, and cause anarchy on their own. It’s easy for them to get a paycheck once a month and tell young impressionable minds what to do, rather than do it themselves. Don’t be like those professors.

Once you get into the real world, you will find entrepreneurs who have the total opposite approach to life. They didn’t just talk the talk like a nut job liberal professor who wears mom jeans, no the not only talk the talk, but they walk the walk. Those are the people to seek out. Be like those people. But you must put yourself out there. As the old saying goes (Mr. Brick loves old sayings) Hard work pays off. It’s going to be hard work, but if you want to make something with your life, now is the time to go for it.

This subject matter is something Mr. Brick knows a little something about. I am happy to say, After a long time since graduating from high school, I decided to go to college and earn a degree. At age 50 I was on the Dean’s list every quarter. I did it and I couldn’t be prouder. Yes, my professors were all nut jobs.

What did you really think you would do with a 4-year degree in Philosophy with a minor in basket weaving. There is really only one thing to do… become a teacher. I hope the words of Nana Brick are ringing in your ears!

PLEASE NOTE: No liberal professors were harmed during the writing of this blog. If you are a teacher and professor and are offended by my blog — get over it, go to the safe space in your time out room. This is all in fun.

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