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Monday, June 28, 2010

Graduation Transition Tips

Graduation can be an exciting time for college students. However, with the economy looking more like a rollercoaster and less like smooth sailing, it is understandable that many graduates may be anxious about starting their life in "the real world".The American Psychological Association offers tips to reduce graduation anxiety and start off on a positive note:

1) Focus on the Positive-you are armed with an education and energy, two tools that will help you chart your new course.
2) Stay Connected-keep in touch with the support system you developed in college with students and professors for guidance to navegate the confusing post-college world.
3)Look for Opportunities-Look for ways to enhance your existing interests and knowledge about a particular subject.
4)Take Action-If your goal is to get a job, take decisive steps to reach that goal by refining your resume, send applications and network with people.
5) Be Resilient-Resiliance is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity. This is an important skill to learn when facing the ups and downs of life after college.

If you or someone you know have intense feelings of anxiety, hopelessness or trouble getting off the couch and engaging in your daily activities, contact us at Central Florida Mental Health Associates 386-624-5501 to schedule a free 15 minute consultation to help you develop a strategy to move forward.

To read the entire article, visit apa.org

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