“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
– Anthony J. D’Angelo
It’s crazy to think that I’ve officially been out of college for a year now. You never realize how right people are about how fast college goes by until you’re out and in the real world. It seems like yesterday I was moving into the Taylor Place dorms and starting my college career at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
One of the big hurdles that I’ve struggled with since graduating is the feeling that I’ll stop learning and growing intellectually. I loved school, so much so that I sped through it and ended up graduating early. So now what?
Over the last year I’ve found new ways to supplement my learning; both straight-forward factual learning and real-life development learning.
I feel it’s absolutely critical to continue learning and challenging yourself after college, through whatever outlets insterest you the most.
Here are some of the ways I supplement my learning post-graduation:
- Keep a Blog or Journal: I’ve found the best way to keep my mind stimulated and in peak working condition is by writing (not just texts) a few times a week. It’s good to refresh your writing skills by putting together full thoughts and sentences, not just tweets under 140 characters.
- Check News Regularly: Every morning I check PR Daily and Inc. to see what’s going on and if there’s anything of interest to me. Then I usually check out a few interesting articles that I find on Twitter while I’m still in bed. This keeps me in the know, while increasing my vocabulary and knowledge bank.
- Cut out the Abbreviations: One habit that I find extremely frustrating is the use of abbreviations. Does it really take that much more time to write, “you” as opposed to “U”? I don’t think so. Increase your perceived intelligence ten-fold and make spelling words fully and correctly a habit. It doesn’t matter if it’s texting, tweeting, emailing or any other writing channel.
- Read, Read, Read: 42% of college graduates never read another book after college graduation. This is a heart-breaking and mind-blowing fact for a girl who has read over 40 books this year. Reading is one of the best habits you can get into. For me, I read at the gym, on the plane, before bed, whenever I can. It increases your vocabulary and ability to articulate yourself intelligently. Who wouldn’t want to do that?
- Participate in Networking Events: What better way to gain knowledge after graduation than to meet other people with different knowledge and experiences. Not only are networking events great for your professional career, it improves your ability to engage with other professionals, increases your knowledge and increases your ability to see things from a different perspective. Here is a great resource for networking events in the Phoenix area.
- Take Up a New Hobby: It’s never too late to learn a new language, change your career path or specialize in a new topic. Challenge yourself to learn something new outside of your comfort zone. You’ll find that it not only diversifies you in the long-run, but it’s also extremely rewarding personally.
- Attend Seminars: When you feel like getting back in the student seat, seminars and other educational events are a great way to expand upon your knowledge. The best part is you can choose what you learn about! No more unwanted lessons about things that you’re not interested in. Find a Seminar is a great resource to find events in every state.
Learning is the cornerstone of our society. If we don’t keep progressing and learning, our society as a whole will cease to grow.
How do you continue your education after graduation?
~ Miss Soucie