3 Big Changes You Make After High School

3 Big Changes You Make After High School

Change is inevitable, but it's your decision how you handle it.

When most people get out of high school the number thing they want to do is to be different than they were for the last four years. You're getting ready to start the most exciting part of life yet. For some, this means college and for others, it is starting a career right away. The one thing that is for certain, no matter what route you choose, is that change is going to happen. Change can be wonderful if you choose to make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you. Here are three things that are bound to change after the heavy doors of your high school years swing shut.

1. Your Friends

People grow and develop in different paths. The best friends you had in high school may have very different life goals than you. It also becomes hard to talk every day when you live miles apart and have radically different homework and classes. Keep in mind that It is okay to find new friends. There are different students from all around the states and some even different countries. You will build friendships with individuals who have viewpoints that may fit better with yours. It is really true that sometimes you find your best friends for life at a college 200 miles from home. This is also the time to cut off the toxic people in your life. If the only thing keeping people together is the fact they know each other, it is time to put the relationship to rest.

2. Your Interests

You go to college and you have this awesome picture in your head of what the next four years will look like. Then you get to your first major class and you hate it. You can't stand the idea of doing this for the next four years. You can't stand the idea of doing this for life or work. So you start looking through the class catalogs and you find a class that sounds interesting and that plan you had formed before you arrived starts to change. You begin to build a new path. The best thing is, you're not alone. Most college students change their major at least once. That path you began with can have twists and turns but it's one hell of a ride. The best thing I did was I found a mentor. Even though I discovered what I wanted career-wise, I found an adult that discussed growing up and finding a passion. She helped me see that I could be really great in another field of my choosing even if it was scary to leave the set path.

3. Your sense of self

In high school, I was the nobody girl who didn't have an opinion. I didn't really like exercise, and I didn't speak up about my relationships. I started to grow in college. I got fiercely independent. I started to speak up about what I wanted more, some people really didn't like that. I also started to focus on my health. I went to the gym and found ways to make exercise fun. I started to become a new me. This wasn't an easy change, it was really hard actually. It's taken three years but now I love who I am and where I'm going. My outspokenness gets me in trouble sometimes but I've also gotten some great opportunities from opening up my mouth and asking for what I wanted.

These are some major things that change for everyone. Some people have smaller changes some have larger self-awakening changes. You become a better you. The most import part of all of the change is to not let other people tell you what changes to make. You have to do it for you. If you do it for a group of friends, partners, or family then the change will fall through and die out. You are the one with the power to change yourself, how you want to and when you want to. So, make the changes you see fit.

"The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new." -Socrates

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The Stages Of Becoming An Official Adult

College was all fun and games, now it's time to actually grow up.

With my graduation approaching, the idea of being an "official adult" is becoming more of a reality. I know what you're thinking, Anna, you're 22 years old, you're already an adult. When I say "official adult", I mean a self-sufficient, employed, thriving person that's in a position to make major life decisions. So, yes, I'm an adult, but I'm just now becoming an "official adult."

1. Choosing your city.

2. Finding a job.

Yes, I'm employed right now, but I'm talking about that first job after graduation where you are doing something related to the degree you graduated with. Luckily, I've already made it through this phase, but I know for many, this is the most terrifying part of the whole "adulting" process.

3. Apartment/Home Search

Okay, you know your city. You've got your job. Now you've gotta find somewhere to live. This is also a bit scary, but it is super fun! I recently signed my lease for my new apartment and I can't wait to move in! My tips for you are make a list of your must-haves, wants, and "it'd be nice ifs" and take it with you to tours. Tour every complex you think looks like it might fit your preferences! I toured 15 apartments in 1 day, and the one I chose wasn't even on my list to visit! I just popped in and fell in love with it! Make sure you consider proximity to work, grocery shopping/food nearby, laundry situation, security, etc. And have fun!

4. Budget Time!

This was kind of fun for me, actually. I like structure and organization, so knowing EXACTLY how much I had to spend on what, and then seeing how much I had leftover because of my "adult job", made this a super fun and not too stressful part of the process.

5. Move-In!

Graduation is either already here or quickly approaching and it's time to start packing up and moving. This is SO FUN! Try to stay organized for your own sanity, but seriously just have fun and enjoy the process. Life is about to get crazy, so just enjoy getting to start fresh in a new city and new apartment with a new job!

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What I Learned From Writing On Odyssey

There was a lot to learn!

Before writing on Odyssey, I have only read a few articles on their website. They would show up on my Facebook feed every now and again, and every so often, I would click on them. I never really gave much thought to who wrote the articles or why they wrote them.

During my junior year of college, I made a decision to write on Odyssey.

I knew a few people who wrote on Odyssey and asked them if they recommended it. Most of their responses were overwhelming yes. I decided I was willing to try it out for myself and I applied to be a weekly contributor.

As a Writing Arts major, I knew just how important it was to put my writing and myself out there. The only writing I have done before that point was for class. This included writing for blogs and creative writing. Even though I enjoyed writing enough for me to choose it as my major, I always felt that I did not do enough of it.

I did not have a lot of experience with writing for something weekly and writing for something that would potentially be read by a large audience. I did have a few classes that required me to create a website and run it like a blog, but I did not have any experience with me trying to run my own blog.

Something that I learned from writing on Odyssey is the best way to improve your writing skills is to write frequently.

Writing on Odyssey has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and forced me to put out new content every week.

Even though it can be difficult sometimes judging, writing on Odyssey, and all of my other obligations, I have come to thoroughly enjoy my experiences with writing for the website.

I have learned a lot of about what it means to be a content creator as well as how to publish and market your content online.

I also really enjoy how the contents of my articles are not constrained by any single type of genre. I get to write about things that are interesting to me at the time. It really gives me an opportunity to get my work out there.

I have also learned a lot about writing from reading other content creators on Odyssey. I have learned a lot about what kinds of content is interesting to different audiences.

It has also forced me to be more creative on a weekly scale. One of the biggest problems I had with writing was that I constantly waited for the "right" moment to get started when, realistically, there was no right moment.

Overall, I do recommend writing on Odyssey on your campus!

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