I recently read an article that was shared with the NCAA former student-athlete group on LinkedIn and it has since sparked some decent conversation on the topic. The original Washington Post article covers the challenges athletes may face trying to exercise again after their athletic careers have ended.
This rings true for me, as I'm sure it does with many other former student-athletes. It took me about 5 years post-college to really start exercising again. Until recently (almost 10 years later), I really couldn’t put my finger on why I was so damn unmotivated to exercise. And not even exercise, but challenge myself in any area of my life. I found that this quote in the article articulates the challenge perfectly: Read More
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post sharing some of my advice for recent college graduates as they enter the “real world.” In writing that, I realized that I have more to say on the topic of building a solid support network and its importance. I hold this concept as a priority in my life and think that we all need to feel like we are a part of something bigger and a part of a community in order to thrive in whatever it is we do each day.
Times of transition, like graduating from college, finishing your athletic career or starting a new job can cause your network and ties to community to be in flux. This leaves you vulnerable to little support at a time when you need it most. For many athletes, the lack of community is one of the biggest issues that can surface during the transition out of athletics.
So. You have FINALLY graduated from college. Congrats to you!
You might have a job, are looking for a job or are just excited to be done with all the studying and classes and are trying to figure out what to do next.
This is an exciting time for many, but it can also be a challenging period in life. Regardless of what your next step is, it’s a transition and a big change from what you have likely been doing the last four years (or six years, conservatively).
The initial jump into the real world was a bit of a shock for me. While it was a period of lots of fun and freedom, there were inevitable challenges throughout. Because of my experience, I wanted to share some of what I learned. I’m certainly not an expert, but I thought it might be helpful for someone out there reading. I also must admit that many of these I’m actually still working on today – life is a journey, right?
Here goes… Read More