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Finding Routine and Purpose Again After Graduating University

Finding Routine and Purpose Again After Graduating University

Graduating university can be exciting and fulfilling but scary at the same time. As a university student, you had a set routine and purpose. What routine you might ask? Waking up early in the morning, going to that crazily early 8:00am lecture that you desperately want to miss, spending long hours studying in the library, and hopefully not partying too hard. Fast forward to your graduation day (and the infamous hat toss for the gram!), what happens after?

With no more lectures, tutorials and study sessions that you have soldiered through for the past 3 or so years, how does one find routine and purpose again?

Avoid the post-university slump

With a drastic change in your routine, it is so easy to fall into the post-university slump. Instead of falling into this trap, be proactive and make a new routine. Do the things you love, meet like-minded people, practice gratitude, start a new project, find a job that you love, go on a holiday. There are lots of opportunities that are available to you, especially now that your life doesn’t consist of countless 10, 000 word essays and chapters of textbook readings. Take the initiative and grab them while you can!

Finding Routine and Purpose Again After Graduating University

Don’t be afraid to try new things

Ever heard about the person who always stayed in their comfort zone? They never really experienced life at all. Okay I made that up but hear me out. If you didn’t take any opportunities to try new things, how are you supposed to challenge yourself? How can you find new passions?

This is the best time to start trying new things if you haven’t done so already! Whether you want to try solo-travelling, start up a business, launch a blog – go for it!

Here are some of the new things I am doing ever since I graduated last November:

  • Launched a blog. Yes this blog you are reading right now! I’ve wanted to launch a blog for 5 years now. Yes I know, it took me FIVE years to go for it. Better late than never!
  • Started to learn how to knit. Aside from the stereotypical knitting is for grandmas (so not true!), I find knitting as a great method to relax. I already know how to crochet so I want to learn another fiber craft.
  • In the process of launching a YouTube channel. Another thing that I have always wanted to do but was scared to because a) I feel weird talking to a camera and b) I feel weird about people watchingΒ me talk to a camera. Well then, I guess it is time to face my fears!
  • Booked a 3 week trip to Thailand and Malaysia. I wanted to go somewhere exotic and what better place than Thailand and Malaysia. I want to immerse myself in the culture and language, and hopefully bring back some memorable experiences. I’ll be sure to share them with you too!

Find your purpose

What do you love to do?

What do you want the world to remember you for?

If you had to choose one thing to do for the rest of your life, what would it be?Β 

Being passionate about what you do is so important for our happiness and well-being. Imagine being in a career that you despise or having a hobby that you hate. Wait, would that even be called a hobby?

Post university is time to find your purpose if you haven’t found it already. If your passion is helping others, you could think of doing things such as volunteering or teaching English overseas. If your passion is photography, why not start a freelancing photography business?

When you are doing something you are passionate about, you will find that amazing opportunities, big or small, begin to come your way. Click To Tweet

Network, network, network

Sometimes life after university can be lonely. People say that it is hard to make friends after university. I say otherwise! In our technology obsessed world, we can meet new people anywhere, anytime. I have met so many amazing people from all over the globe who I wouldn’t have the chance to meet if it weren’t for social media platforms which is what I love about social media. If social media ain’t your thing or if you want more ways to reach out, you could attend events, conferences, or even have a chat with your local barista who has seen you type away on your laptop for hours (blogger things, you know?). The opportunities to network are endless. All you need to do is find them and say hello!

I love networking with people. Feel free to add/follow me on my social media channels and let’s be friends! I’ll link them here for convenience:
Twitter | InstagramΒ | Facebook

See you over there!

Want to know more about life after graduation? Read about my ultimate guide to life after university which highlights some of many pathways you can undertake.

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  • You achieved some great things in a relatively short period of time! You will totally make it in the post graduating world. πŸ˜‰ You’re going places girl!

    • Aww!! Thank you for the reassurance!! Love love LOVE your support! πŸ™‚

  • Dani🦁

    While I’m not quite graduating yet (I’m only in my first year of university), this is really useful! Great post!

  • RIkki Parker

    THIS is a wonderful guide! Not getting in a slump would be the biggest hurdle For me. I tend to slide into them without even noticing! This is very helpful!

    • Yes! I definitely had a bit of a slump in the first week after realising I had NOTHING to do.. but I decided to take a proactive approach πŸ™‚ I’m happy this is helpful for you!

  • Really needed this post!
    Graduating is such a weird feeling. For the first time in seventeen years, I don’t have to wake up and go to class and I don’t have homework… although I was able to get a job after graduation, it’s been hard for me to settle into this new life. I started a blog as well and I’m trying to figure out how to grow it and I too am trying to find a hobby/passion – right now it is candle making πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great tips!

    • It really is!! It felt so weird not to have a set schedule or not having to study for exams. That is wonderful that you got a job after graduation! Everything will slowly fit into place πŸ™‚ Those are great hobbies! I adore candles so I am loving your candle making passion! I’m glad you like these tips xo

  • Great post Stephanie! I agree with the networking point, new friends are all around us! You should make Youtube videos with this kind of content, I’m sure it would be a hit!

    • Thank you Alice! In time I will start doing some YouTube videos, just have to build up the confidence! πŸ™‚

  • Kelly 켈리

    Everyone needs this post!!
    I went through a bit of a slump when I graduated! Everyone moved on, and found great jobs. I on the other hand was stuck. Although, I did move across the country to be with my now finance. So, that was a bonus. People need to know that they aren’t alone, and when they graduate, there are other people in the same boat. All my friends at uni are now gone, which makes me hella sad!!

    Kelly
    http://www.thiswayandthatway.com/

    • I’m not reaaaally in a slump right now but I do feel a bit anxious that people I graduated with found jobs! I mean I am so happy for them but it kind of pushes me to get a full-time job too… sometimes it makes me so stressed! That is amazing! I’m happy you found happiness πŸ™‚ Truuuuuue, I haven’t seen any of my uni friends since November πŸ™

  • Neha Patwardhan

    Oh! Having a routine is so important! Finding something to do that you are passionate about is the best way to find that spark!

  • Asha Carlos

    OMG looks like you have your life so clearly planned. Enjoy your trip to Thailand and Malaysia, the food there is so great!

    • It looks clearly planned but girl, I am going through countless hurdles to get there! Thank you!! I am so excited for it! πŸ™‚

  • You seem like you have your life so much more organized than I did when I graduated! lol
    It’s very exciting time in your life! And I think you’re entirely right! I think it’s not as hard to find friends or keep connected with all this social media! If anything I find that I more connected now then before! Maybe because I also have a bit more time !

    Great post Stephanie! (as always)

    • I am trying to be organised!! Got to get my life together y’know? Yes I completely agree with you about social media! I feel that I’m never alone because if I need to chat, I’ve got people on social media and all I have to do is take my phone out!

      Thank you Jennifer πŸ™‚

  • Grace Brown

    Such a great read! I’m terrified about graduating because I just feel like I’m going to be so lost, but this has put me at ease. Plus, I hope you have a great time travelling to Thailand and Malaysia!

    Grace x
    http://loveellenagrace.blogspot.co.uk

    • If it makes you feel better, everyone feels lost once they graduate! You’re just put into the real world with hopes of landing a grad job but it definitely helps to relax and think about what YOU want to do πŸ™‚ Thank you girl!

  • Ahhhh so helpful! I’m about to graduate from university in May, so I’m definitely trying to avoid the post-graduation slump.

  • Caitlin

    Really good read! You can tend to feel a little bit confused after you leave college but we all find our place in the world eventually πŸ™‚

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Lifestyle Blog

  • April Thorpe

    I love this post so much. I love that you found some positive things after graduating uni and decided to share them. I enjoyed the new things you tried especially learning how to knit. I should really try that. For those who are post-grad, they definitely should take a look at your reflection questions and take your advice.

    • I’m so glad you did April! Yes you should. Knitting is very soothing and every time you finish a knitting project, you feel so accomplished! Honestly, I feel that universities/colleges should have a compulsory seminar for new graduates talking about this stuff to help them cope with this transition from uni to work.

  • Claire

    I love this it’s really great advice. When do you go away your holiday sounds amazing!

    http://www.beautyreviewsandbargains.co.uk

    • Thank you! I’m so glad you like it Claire! I’m going away in March! Will definitely be updating regularly on social media and here!

  • This is such a great post! This is a real thing that many people experience and sometimes it’s so easy to get into that slump. I remember when I left uni and it was near impossible to find a job or purpose and my anxiety and such kicked into to high gear. Finding something to do and trying new things really did help eventually. Lovely, advice! ❀️

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • Thank you Lena! Yes, I 100% agree with you! I find this is something that not many people talk about and there’s so much stress is comparing with your fellow graduates who may have found a job or their pathway before you. Thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reading this reminds me of the chaos after my own graduation. I wish I’d taken the time to start a blog back then! I moved to another country and everything was a bit of a mess – you sound like you’re on top of things! πŸ™‚
    I hope you have a great vacation and good luck with the Youtube channel!

    • I love how you described it! It is definitely chaos! I’m sure trying to get on top of things! This is a big change because during uni, I would always say that I will be on top of things but I manage to feel unmotivated and fall behind.
      Thank you so much Evelyne! πŸ™‚

      • Uni has to be chaotic, doesn’t it? It’s what I tell myself haha
        You’ll do great! As long as the motivation is there! πŸ˜€

        • Aw thank you lovely!! I know you will do great as well! πŸ˜€ (read your 2018 goals post) You definitely will achieve them!

  • Angela Alya

    This certainly is a post I should keep in mind as I will be graduating soon. I bet there will be a lot of chaos! Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚
    x Angela / sincerelyangiejj.com

    • Oh that is fantastic!! I hope all is going well from here towards your graduation! I’m glad you like this post πŸ™‚ xo

  • Ja’d Kurumi🐨🌸

    I can’t wait for you to start up your YouTube channel!! I’ll definitely be subscribing. After I finished university, I think I fell into that trap of not having a routine and I felt a little lost if I’m honest. However, know that I have started focusing on my blog more and working, I feel a lot better. It’s crazy to think how we rely on a routine to live our daily lives.

    I look forward to seeing some posts and photos from your 3 week trip, I’m sure you’re going to have heaps of fun xx

    • Ahh! You are amazing! I’ve been so scared of making one! Yes routine is so important. I’m glad that you are focusing on your blog and work! It’s nice to have projects that keep us busy.

      Will definitely keep you updated! πŸ™‚

  • I’m nowhere near graduating university but this post was really informative! Also can’t wait for you to start a YouTube channel!

    • I’m glad you think so! I can’t wait either!! (I’m a little scared but gotta face my fears :P)

  • Kelsey Kennedy

    I will be graduating

  • Kelsey Kennedy

    I will be graduating next December and this post was very helpful to me, so thank you!!

    Check out my blog: kelseygayle.com πŸ™‚

    • Hi Kelsey! That is amazing to hear! I’m so happy this helps you πŸ™‚
      Checking it out xo