With the economy in its current state and thousands of dollars in student loans to repay, many graduates may be pushing through these short, dark December days with the thought of sacrificing their dreams for the sake of profit. It’s certainly tempting to think of your career strictly in terms of its income-generating capacity when you’re entering the real world out of the safe haven of academia already indentured to your student lenders.
The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to create fulfilling, meaningful careers while still earning enough income to pay down your student debt. For evidence of success, check out the new S.E.A. aquarium, the world’s largest public aquarium; conceived, designed and built by some of the world’s most innovative minds in order to bring pleasure to millions of people, the aquarium is a testament to the unity of artistic and financial success. Check out these top 10 tips to keeping your dreams alive.
1. Trust Your Instincts
Don’t let others define the impossible for you or stress yourself out trying to do everything by the book. There are an infinite number of opportunities out there if you keep your eyes open and let your instincts be your guide.
2. Be A Student Of Life
There’s a whole world of information out there and only a fraction of it lives inside the university. Open yourself to new experiences and new ways of learning.
3. Live Simply
Living as simply as you can will help you stay on top of your student loans while helping you focus on pursuing your dreams with patience and discipline.
4. Try To Maintain Perspective
You’re going to face rejection and setbacks of every make and model, that’s just life. But those things don’t define you, your passion does. In the course of a lifetime, the difficulties that come up are pretty unimportant so long as you pick yourself up and move on.
5. Stay Connected
It’s easy to lose yourself by undervaluing your relationships to others. Personally and professionally, life is all about connection; on a very basic level it’s how we’re wired; don’t lose sight of that.
6. Be Your Weird Self
It’s human nature to try and fit in, afraid to stand out from the crowd. Remember, you’re uniqueness is your strength; you are the only one of you in whole wide world and it’s that person we’re all waiting to meet.
7. Take What’s Offered
There’s nothing wrong with accepting a job that falls short of your dreams so long as you don’t forget those dreams while you work. There’s something to be learned from everyone and everything and nothing is set in stone. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of every opportunity offered to you; just remember to move on when the time is ripe.
While you’re out there following your heart, it’s good to know that somebody’s got your back. For help staying on top of your student debt, don’t hesitate to contact a student aid group equipped to help you manage your student debt.