This can be one of the happiest, and proudest moments of your life. You don’t have to stay up way too late studying for an exam, or stress about another project. Those late nights and time allocated to over-delivering countless times has finally paid off. You’ve checked off every course criteria you need to put on your cap and (virtually) earn your diploma. Now, the world is your oyster — quite literally.
Yet, you may have to be honest and ask yourself some hard questions. Questions that college may have never taught you how to answer. For instance, how to find the right city to set up your life or how to properly go about paying off your student loans. Not to mention, how to set the right budget, or how to invest in outlets that have a strong payoff. Because of that, you may be contemplating taking a gap year to process everything. Or you may be overly ambitious to hit the ground running on your new life.
Either way, there are some lessons that could get you ahead of the game. From learning how to break bad habits and create healthy good ones to putting your financial fears to rest. If you’re ready to get ahead of the game and learn what you can before you jump into life post-college, Mint created an infographic with nine of the best TED Talks life takeaways.