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Plan Your Post-Graduate Life Before it's Too Late
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Many people make the mistake of waiting for some magical day when their life will begin. This invariably leads to a wasted life that never really began. Don't be fooled, today is a part of your life. One of the biggest parts of your life is after college. Don't wait until that moment to do everything you need. Here are some tips on what you should establish now to have everything in order.
 
Make a Plan
 
Life after college can be amazing, but you need to make some decisions. Don't aimlessly go through life. Decide what you want right now. It's okay if that plan changes over time. You don't want to work in "some job" or "get through the day." Work at a place you love. If you plan everything out right now, you'll be a lot better down the road.
 
Living Arrangements
 
Decide, loosely, where you will live. Apartments are great for those who are just starting out. Your college might help you to find housing options after you have graduated. You can use your current residency at your dorm for reference. Decide whether you like city life or living somewhere rural. You might like something in between.
 
Transportation
 
If you're into a greener way of living and want to live in a city or in a place that is fairly close to your favorite eateries and other establishments, consider using a bike to get around. If you like public transportation, you can find out everything that is available in the area you want to live. You can also invest in an automobile. There are a few selections that are priced for less than $15 thousand, but you should start saving money now to avoid costly interest at a later point. Providing cash for your vehicle can also save you money with the purchase amount.
 
Budget
 
Too many college students make the mistake of signing up for credit cards. Yes, credit card companies target college students. You may have seen signs around your campus saying, "A slice of pizza today will cost you a million dollars down the road." This isn't quoted verbatim, but these signs are trying to point out that what costs a few dollars today can cost about $10 or more when you pay off your credit card. Pay off your current debt. Decide what your future budget will be based upon the job you want and the job you are sure you can secure. For instance, you might want to be a banker, but can work in retail until you get to the point. Make a budget for both of these scenarios so that you won’t have any surprises. Live within your budget. This will help you to have less stress.
 
Hobbies and Fun
 
Life can't be all about work, and you don't want to fill your time up with meaningless pursuits, even if your friends seem to be doing this day-in and day-out. Think about your hobbies. Consider the things you've always wanted to do but never made time for. Don't worry if it'll take time. Time is one thing you can take advantage of right now. The more time you take to hold off on your life, the less you have to work with. This will make a huge difference as you get older. Taking a year to learn a skill, language or anything else now is a lot easier to do than when you're 50 and kicking yourself for not having lived more while you had the chance. By the way, your life isn't over at 40, 50 or 60.
 
Many people regret not telling those close to them that they loved them and spending time with them. People also regret the chances they never took. Don't make these mistakes. Even if you don't have everything figured out right now, it's okay, but don't waste time pursuing the things you absolutely want. Live a beautiful life.
 


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