20 Life-Saving Steps to Take After Graduation

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    You know that one class that kicked your butt (or 5)? Burn them textbooks.

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    Don't feel pressure to have a job already lined up. Many employers expect as much as a gap year between graduation and a "real" job.

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    Listen to your parents--but not too much. They know what they're talking about but at a certain point you know what's best for yourself.

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    Take a budgeting class and fill up your savings.

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    Never stop learning. Whether it's community courses, cooking classes or YouTube tutorials, it'll keep your mind fresh.

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    Don't grow up too fast. This is the first time in your life you are your own person but don't forget to enjoy your youth.

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    Make new friends. College isn't the last time you'll meet new people as long as you have an open mind.

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    Travel, travel, travel! Before you're locked down by a couple of kids and a mortgage.

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    Go to the doctor- you're getting old now so you've got to keep an eye on dat prostate.

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    Make sure you're happy being single before you get married.

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    Make a habit of looking fear in the face. Try something that pushes you out of your comfort zone.

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    Stop eating junk food every night. Your metabolism isn't what it used to be.

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    Learn to love reading again and try taking on a new book every month.

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    You don't need new things. Learn to thrift, get a used car, and save your money for the important stuff.

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    Spend time with your Grandparents. Learn from them. Hear their stories.

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    Find somewhere to volunteer consistently.

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    Start a journal. You'll appreciate being able to look back at this exciting time in your life.

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    Explore your city as a full-fledged adult.

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    Put your phone away when you are with friends and family.

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    But most of all, break the rules. You don't have to follow what anyone is telling you to do with your life. Be smart and do what makes you happy.

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