I graduated 5 months ago from the Hospitality Management program at Mizzou and I begin my Sport and Entertainment Management master's program in 4 months which means the past few months should have been amazing and relaxing right? Well, that's not 100% right, but it isn't 100% wrong either. I did get to take a nice week vacation to Cozumel (if anyone wants me to tag along on their trip hit me up!), I've gotten to spend my weekends at sporting events and concerts, and I've gotten to come home in the evening and do anything except homework. Yay! However, I've also taken a trip to South Carolina that was more of a "how much stuff can you get figured out in 3 days" kind of trip than a vacation, applied and interviewed for multiple jobs, tried budgeting my grad school money 147 times, and kept working/interning three jobs. I'm not here to tell you the diary of my last few months, but for those of you who might be currently, or may be in the future, on this "break" I have some do and do not's for y'all!
- Spend time with others & have fun. - You may be/have been a social butterfly in college or you might have been a work-a-holic, either way, take this time to spend it with family and friends. I have a good chunk of time off before I leave and I plan on spending lots of time with family and taking a trip with some of my friends. Take time away from the stress and work and have some fun, whether that's a trip or a walk on the trails with friends.
- Keep your work ethic. - If I could've went this entire break without working or without a few internships positions I would have been thrilled.. but I needed to make money and I also wanted to keep gaining experience while I had the time. For me, school isn't something I enjoy so if I would have gotten out of the rhythm of being busy and having tasks (for internships) to do outside of work, I think going back to school would be really difficult.
- Over or Under Estimate Your Time. - My suggestion would be to just evaluate your commitments, goals, and even your for fun plans before you commit to something else. I considered getting a second part time job for the evenings because I know grad school is going to be expensive, but looking back now I am so glad I didn't. I would have been exhausted. And would have had not "fun" time.
- Think that life slows down. - Sure I haven't had assignments to turn in, but I've still been busy with work, internships, family events, Girl Meets GAMEDAY, attending concerts and ball games, and spending time with friends. I'm thankful for no tests to prep for, but life goes on and applying for jobs can be just as stressful as multiple assignments due!
- Tarnish Relationships. - I know I talk about relationships and networking a lot here, but literally less then 24 hours ago I had two more examples of why this is important, happen to me! My current job, which I'm scheduled to leave June 30th, asked if I'd want to continue working through July. After expressing that I still need time off to prepare for moving, they said that I could set whatever hours worked for me so that I could still prep for my move and also make some more money. Perfect! The second example is that my future boss contacted me asking if I could find out some information from Mizzou. The only way to get this info was to reach out to a contact I've made through mutual friends. Not only did I get the information my future boss needed, I got more info than just that. My contact helped, without having to, me get my future boss the info and to make a good first working impression on them. Yay! - I promise, the hard work, friendliness, and networking pay off!!
Hopefully you found at least a few of these tips helpful!
I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!