10 Things Every Fresh College Grad Should Know

College isn't just about chilling out, maxing, and relaxing all cool. Your life will get flip-turned upside down - in a good way! Read on to find out the ten things every fresh college graduate should know, value or be able to do.

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    You know there are many people who are different than you...

    ...and that's a beautiful thing! Even though Carlton is shorter than you and dorkier than you (have you SEEN his dance moves?!), you know you wouldn't make it without him. As a fresh grad, you embrace people whose viewpoints, backgrounds and identities are different from your own - because you know they add value to the world!

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    You know how to cook, clean and balance a checkbook

    Let's face it - Uncle Phil isn't going to let you live in the pool house forever. And, chances are, you won't be able to pay Jeffrey to do your laundry with your entry-level salary. As a fresh grad, you should possess basic life skills that you can utilize in order to live independently, including the ability to cook a meal, clean your home, write a check, pay your bills on time, and everything else that goes along with adulthood. You can still hang out with your boy, Jazz...after you finish your to-do list!

  3. 3

    You are ready to dive into the working world

    You have at least one fresh interview suit - and the skills to back it up! As a fresh grad, you have the skills that it takes to be successful in the workplace. These skills include professional etiquette, networking, a knowledge of your chosen field, the ability to market your experiences and the ability to effectively communicate via email and in person. We know the backwards cap is your style, but you should probably leave it in the cab on interview day!

  4. 4

    You have an appreciation of learning and exploring new ideas

    When you heard Raphael, the famous poet, speak on campus, you learned about the street poetry movement and took up poetry as a form of self-expression. As a matter of fact, you explored many new ideas while in college. You took a gender studies course and reflected on why women might not like being called "hunnies." You took a basketball P.E. to brush up on your game. All in all, you learned to love learning - and that it's a lifelong process!

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    You are engaged in civic duties and responsibilities

    Your cousin Hilary might be focused only on herself, but you know that being an active member of your community is important. Whether you're living at home in West Philly or at your new place in Bel Air, you exercise your right to vote, you participate in community service projects and you advocate for social justice causes. As a fresh grad, you know that you owe it to your community to give back.

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    You understand the importance of maintaining healthy habits

    Sure, you might go ham on a pizza and play video games every now and then, but you know the importance of maintaining your physical, emotional and mental health. In college, you developed healthy eating, exercising and sleeping habits. You even utilized the counseling center when you started to feel the pressure of all your assignments. You have what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle - even if you don't choose to all the time!

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    You have a sense of self-awareness and an understanding of your values

    As a fresh grad, you have spent the past four years developing an awareness of who you are and how you fit into the world around you. Even if you came into college with a lot of Aunt Viv's and Uncle Phil's values, you questioned and re-evaluated those values and possibly developed some new ones along the way.

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    You can effectively manage conflicts

    Okay, so maybe you didn't give Ashley the best lesson in how to manage conflict...but that was before college! From the time you and Jazz couldn't agree on a new handshake to the time that whack dude cut in front of you in the dining hall line, you have had your fair share of conflict during college. Because of these experiences, you learned how to voice your concerns to someone and come to a resolution in a constructive and respectful way. You are confident in your ability to have a difficult conversation with someone. And, if all else fails, you always have your old tricks to fall back on!

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    You are a great writer...

    ...and not just on walls! From an email to an essay, you know how to produce grammatically-correct and efficient text. No matter what field you decided to pursue (too bad "being cool" wasn't a major), you know how to communicate using the written word.

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    You understand you are part of something bigger

    As a fresh grad, you know there is a world beyond Bel Air. You understand that you are a small, yet vital, piece of a huge universe. You think about your actions and how they affect your family, your community and your world and you maintain a sense of perspective in your life. After all, life is so much fresher when you realize we're all in it together!

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