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9 Realities That Slap You in the Face When You Graduate College

Jen Glantz | Posted 08.25.2014 | College
Jen Glantz

Graduating college and entering the real world comes with some realities that'll be waiting there for you, with open arms to hug you hello, as you start your first job. I won't wish you luck -- because it's never luck that you need. It's determination, so I wish you lots of that.

4 Things I Learned Since Graduating College 4 Years Ago

Jen Glantz | Posted 08.18.2014 | Women
Jen Glantz

Four years out of college seems like a Sunday afternoon nap. It lingers and occasionally it jolts you awake in the middle of it. But mostly, it's as if your newfound time in the real world is flipping around like a chaotic REM cycle.

First-Generation Student Graduates With Honors and Shares Her College Experience

Diane Propsner | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

College graduation was especially sweet for Jennifer Eadie. A first-generation student, she's the first woman in her family to graduate from college.

Crazy Cool Commencement Caps and the Women Who Designed Them

Diane Propsner | Posted 07.27.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Photo Credit: Meredith College Decorating commencement caps is a tradition that college students across the United States participate in. It's one w...

14 Completely Inaccurate Things Parents Believe When Their Kids Graduate College

Pixable | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Pixable

Parents should really know better. Most of them have been there themselves. But as graduation season is once again upon us, we're reminded that parents can still be living in their own fantasy when it comes to what happens next.

How to Answer the Question: What Are You Going to Do After You Graduate?

Jen Glantz | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
Jen Glantz

We were just in our early 20s, taking baby steps off the stage at graduation, saying sayonara to 16 years of education -- where we knew what was coming next.

How To Figure Out What You Really Want To Do In Life

College Candy | Posted 04.19.2014 | College

Graduate college, move into your own adorably modest place, buy an aspirational duvet cover from Anthropologie, host candlelit dinner parties for your...

Poll: Americans Reveal What's More Important Than Graduating From College

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.28.2013 | College

In finding the right college, Americans care less about whether its students are likely to graduate, and more about whether the ones that do land a so...

5 Tips Graduates Can Learn From Superachievers

Camille Sweeney & Josh Gosfield | Posted 08.05.2013 | College
Camille Sweeney & Josh Gosfield

Congratulations, after running on fumes for years -- pulling all nighters and cramming for your exams -- you've finally made it. You've finished school and earned your degree. But before you've even had a chance to catch your breath everyone's asking, "So, what's next?"

Congratulations To America Ferrera!

Blogamole | Posted 05.16.2013 | Latino Voices

By Michael Lopez In case you haven’t noticed, graduation season is in full effect. And at age 29, America Ferrera can now proudly say that ...

Would it be Better to Pay Cash for College or Borrow from My IRA?

Steve Rhode | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Steve Rhode

Reader Question Dear Steve, I quit my full-time job to finish my degree. I got my AS in Chemistry & was able to get a job in my field two years ago....

The Pre-Commencement Speech Seniors Need Now

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 06.14.2013 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

I find that the most engaged students may suffer these pre-commencement blues most acutely. It's precisely because they've cared so much that they may grieve so deeply -- during what they think should be a joyous period.

Graduation Gifts for the Future Jobless

Dana Holmes | Posted 06.05.2013 | College
Dana Holmes

While you want to give them something useful to make sure they're healthy and pursuing their dream, you don't want to offend them by implying that you think they'll never make it. To help unblur the lines between inappropriate and amazing here are some tips!

Graduated and Engaged, Now What?

Lauren Berninger | Posted 05.14.2013 | Women
Lauren Berninger

I am in a limbo that I never knew existed until I was knee-deep in it. Certainly, it was never in my life plan to be, well... without a plan. The jump from student to CEO (or first female president as my younger brother used to say) didn't happen as seamlessly as I had imagined

The Return to the Nest: A Few Words of Encouragement

Katherine Marie Priddy | Posted 04.15.2013 | College
Katherine Marie Priddy

It may be nice to take a hot shower without a delightful utilities bill condemning my next month's groceries list to Ramen noodles and canned soup. Then again, when I hand Mom my laundry, I am handing her my independence, temporarily.

The Graduate School Perception

Uloop | Posted 02.03.2013 | College
Uloop

The idea consistently presented to me is that really smart people go to graduate school; that's just what they do. So I should be going. This line of thinking is beginning to frustrate me. Who ever said that the top of the class has to go on and earn another degree?

Attention Graduating Seniors: 5 Powerful Steps to Make the Most of Senior Year

Maureen Dumas | Posted 02.02.2013 | College
Maureen Dumas

The last year on a college campus can be the most memorable for students, but it can also be the most challenging in terms of juggling all of your academic and personal activities.

I Am Grateful for the Pursuit of Happiness

Charlotte Wilder | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Charlotte Wilder

"Happiness" is a vague term, but these days, because the future is so unsettled, I'm interpreting pursuing it to mean stepping outside myself and inhabiting the present.

America Is Somehow Getting Smarter

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.06.2012 | College

A record number of young adults ages 25 to 29 have graduated both high school and college in the U.S., a new analysis of census data by the Pew Resear...

Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy!

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 09.24.2012 | College
Kayley Kravitz

Shortly after turning 23, I made an ill-fated move to Glasgow, Scotland for graduate school. I didn't know anyone in Glasgow nor had I ever visited Scotland. Still, I took a chance in fall 2011 and went.

Displacement

Uloop | Posted 09.05.2012 | College
Uloop

On graduation day, the gap between college and the real world looks deceptively nonexistent. It feels so similar that it's hard to distinguish that it is different; truly an end to an era.

Class of 2012: This May Be Your Last Best Chance

Jimmy Dahroug | Posted 08.11.2012 | College
Jimmy Dahroug

You'll have the rest of your life to be conventional graduates. Now is the time to chase your dreams, while you're still young enough to start over if you fall.

Graduation: The Loneliest Day

Sophie Egan | Posted 06.01.2012 | College
Sophie Egan

It's supposed to be like your wedding day or the birth of a child: blissful. Life affirming. There are flags and robes and sashes, hugs and cheers and high-fives, the band playing its jubilant heart out. But I have never felt less like celebrating.

Class of 2012: Get Uncomfortable

Jeff A. Katz | Posted 07.27.2012 | College
Jeff A. Katz

After you walk across the stage and accept your diploma, there is a question you need to keep in mind and an answer for yourself when things get rough (and they will): What great things have come from being comfortable?

The Only Living Girl in New York

Taylor Trudon | Posted 05.15.2012 | New York
Taylor Trudon

Between unfortunate orthodontia and an equally unfortunate obsession with sparkly blue eyeshadow, middle school was rough. But as John Mayer wisely predicted, "Something's better on the other side." The other side is New York.