Bay Area Life as a Post-Grad: My Experience
A recent graduate's account of adjusting to life in the Silicon Valley.
Life after graduating college can be a tumultuous journey. Add moving to a brand new city into the mix and it may be an even wilder ride. As someone who has moved tn an entirely new region after one of the biggest milestones one can have in life, I can wholeheartedly say that sometimes, the scariest moves are the ones we are most proud of.
Born and raised in southern California, I knew that when I graduated college, I wanted a change. I wanted to go somewhere new, see something grand, and do something spectacular. I just didn’t know what an interesting adjustment it would be. For some, life after college can be a breeze. For myself (and many others out there), it can be quite difficult. But despite the whirlwind that post-grad life can be, moving to the Bay Area has been one of the best choices I have made since my college days came to a close. Here’s why.
I have experienced the Silicon Valley hustle
There is a certain culture of the Bay Area that I didn’t fully understand until I moved here. But once I started my first post-grad job in sales at a Silicon Valley tech startup, I quickly learned of the mentality that comes with living in this thriving tech community. Huge populations of people in the Silicon Valley are hustling to make something of themselves in tech: they are entrepreneurs and startup founders, sales team leaders and finance gurus, computer science wizards and engineers. No matter the role, there is something entirely unique about working in a community of people driven by the next best thing. It can be very motivating to work with young professionals who are constantly hustling to make their career dreams come true.
I have seen breathtaking views
Adjusting to post-grad life can be an emotional rollercoaster, and there is no better way to get myself out of a funk than by escaping into fresh air. Since moving to the Bay Area, I have had the chance to visit breathtaking areas and seen beautiful places all just a short drive away. From the boardwalk of Santa Cruz and the forests of Big Sur to the foggy beaches of San Francisco and the vineyards of Napa, so many amazing places are accessible within a short distance of the Silicon Valley.
I have learned how to go after what I truly want
Moving to a new area, working at a tech startup, and immersing myself in the hustle and bustle of the Silicon Valley has truly taught me how to go after what I truly want in life. I have learned that nobody is going to give you want you want unless you work hard for it. And sometimes when you think you’ve worked your hardest, that may not be “good enough” for some people. And that’s okay, because you’re human. In the past 15 months since moving to the Bay Area, I have taken risks and made career moves that may not have been the smartest, but they have led me to where I am currently. And now, I know that if I want to make it as a full-time writer, I have to truly work for it.
I am a writer and a dreamer, and every move may not be the easiest, but somehow every move I make may be worth it.
I hope this post has given you a glimpse into my experience moving to the Bay Area after graduating college. What was your post-grad experience like?