The changes we’re talking about are life changes. The ones that make us who we are as people and give us experiences we’ve never had before. More specifically, we’re talking about that move from high school to college, and the move from college to “The Real World.” Now hold up, before you go rolling your eyes and clicking on to the next article (because you’ve been getting situated in your transition for the past few months or so), hear us out. We know you know what you’re doing and that by now you may have found your way into making this new life work for you, but we’d like to share a few things with you that may ease your transition into your new life even more:
- Remember your purpose: Whether this is your first semester in college or your first couple of months at your new gig, you must never lose sight of why you are where you are. True, the sorority and fraternity parties seem to be poppin’ every weekend on campus and you get access to some pretty sweet freebies at the new job, but these are not the reasons you’re there. The number one reason you’re in college is to get an education, albeit a well rounded one, but college parties hardly earn you credits toward graduation. And even though your company gives you the latest hi-tech toys, their purpose is company business, thus helping you advance your career. Don’t get it twisted.
- Create a schedule: The new activities in your life, whether class or work, are no doubt going to have a huge effect on your daily schedule. Think about getting yourself into a routine where you can take care of the business that needs to be done and still have time to do other things you like to do. Done right, you’ll see that there’s more than enough time to study or work and still kick it with the homies.
- Build your network: If the Verizon guy has taught us anything, it’s the importance of having a cell phone network, but it’s important to have a life network too. Don’t be afraid to join clubs and organizations that pertain to your major, interests, or career path (see Club Banger). If chosen correctly, the people in your network will be helpful now as you adjust to your new environment and will even be there to hold you down through future career moves.
- Get a game plan: What goals do you want to accomplish at this stage in your life? Graduate Summa Cum Laude? Become upper management in a year? Trump Mark Zuckerberg’s meteoric rise to success as we saw in the recent movie “The Social Network”. Whatever successes you aspire to have, write them down and post them up as a way of staying focused and staying motivated. You’ve got to be your own hype man, you know like Crunchy Black, Flava Flav, or Spliff Starr. You’ve got to be your own Memphis Bleek to your own Jay-Z like ambitions.
We know. This adjustment thing isn’t exactly easy, but you’ve been waiting for this moment all your life. Keep these and other things in mind as you adjust to college life or the real world, and before you know it, you’ll be as on point as Jay Pharoah’s Denzel impersonation on SNL. U DEFINE SUCCESS