Graduation day. I was still excited about being finished with my education, celebrating with family and friends, and starting my career. Three weeks later. I'm still waiting to hear back from potential employers. My entire apartment is currently housed in my parents' living room. It's the first time in years I legitimately have nothing to do...and that's not something I'm comfortable with. My friend, Katie, calls it "funemployment." Sorry, KB, but I'm not handling "funemployment" well.
Thankfully, as a designer, I have the ability to freelance and create for personal reasons. So I'm freelancing. I even opened an Etsy shop to sell some of my extra letterpress prints I've been hoarding.
But that wasn't enough. I found myself secretly scouring through IKEA catalogs and Pinterest for apartment decorating ideas...even though I'm still living at home. It's like a weird form of nesting.
That's when it hit me: I'm in what I call the "post-grad-to-adulthood" transition. Definition? That awkward time between getting that diploma (holder) and scoring your first job, usually consisting of: lots of denial, binge-watching Peaky Blinders, riding out your lease at school or living at home, eating icecream for dinner while ignoring parental judgment, and tallying how many engagement announcements you've seen on Facebook.
What have I learned thus far in this transition? Staying busy is really difficult when you have no tangible responsibilities, convenient social life, or funds. Self-educating is an easy way to kill a few hours every day. Ever had something you wanted to do or know how to do, but never had the time? Now is the time.
I have two very random topics I'm currently learning about: HTML/CSS coding and the Italian language. I'm a firm believer in "you're doing something right if you're learning something every day." So I'm taking this "post-grad-to-adulthood" transition in stride because I know I won't have as much time in the (hopefully) near future to dedicate to this self-education.
And that's what I wish for all my friends and fellow grads: use this time well. Be creative and go learn.