It is supposed to be an exciting time in one’s life when they graduate from college, but what they don’t teach you is what life will be like post grad.

I recently graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Kinesiology and a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology. While in college, I was extremely involved with my sorority and a list of other activities, one of those being exercising and living a healthy lifestyle. 

Now that I have graduated, I’ve moved away from my college town and my friends who were my accountability partners. We had each other’s back on everything from relationship advice and working out, to complaining about why our professor put 7 chapters on our test. As you can imagine, it hasn’t been as easy as it was for the past 4 1/2 years.

This isn’t meant to scare or worry anyone about post grad life because it is exciting. However, reality starts to set in when you have to decide whether you’re going to start grad school, go to work, or travel; the options are endless. With all these changes that are going on its important to prioritize your life. 

Post grad life can be thought of as a two part deal: what you can control in your life and what you cannot control in your life. For example, what you can control is what you’re going to wear, whether or not you’re going to workout, or what you’re going to eat. You can’t control the weather or other people’s decisions. The key point?

Focus on what you can control.

Life is stressful and if we focus on what we can control we will live a happier life. Take what is stressing you out, set it aside, and focus on what you can control. I am a big believer in the idea that everything will work out how they are intended. Whether you are like me and you’ve just graduated or you are just starting college, remember not to stress too much, have fun, and be healthy and fit because this time in your life doesn’t last forever.

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About The Author

Jessica is a Senior at Mississippi State University, major in Kinesiology with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She is a dancer but you can know mostly see her in a Crossfit gym instead of a studio and holding a barbell instead of a barre. You will hear her talking about food or cooking it. You can check her out at @jessikate_94.

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