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U Chic’s Diploma Diaries

ISBN: 9781402280610

By: Christie Garton

Published: 05/21/2013

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The College Grad's Guide to a Fabulous Life in the Real World!

Life after college is an amazing adventure, and best of all, you get to decide how to do it! But the real world can be daunting too, from job stress to new dating rules to learning to live on a serious budget. To help you navigate this transition, the editors of the #1 college women's website, UChic.com, created this indispensable guide, packed with true stories, tips, and tricks for achieving a fabulous future, including:

Living Arrangements: Being the new kid in town and making the most of where you end up

First Job Success: Climbing th ladder, dealing with workplace gossip, and succeeding in salary negotiations

Dating Essentials: Workplace hookups, long-distance love, and dating post-college

Healthy and Happy: Beating the postgrad blues, staying safe, and tips on how to not burn out

The Social Scene: Finding new friends and developing your passions

Money Matters: Managing student loans, credit card woes, and budgeting for your dreams

"Christie had created the guide I wish I had when I graduated from college. She and the U Chic team will help readers thrive—and have a lot of fun—during the daunting postcollege transition."—Kimberly Palmer, author of Generation Earn and personal finance columnist at U.S. News & World Report

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Table of Contents

contents

Introduction

CHAPTER 1—REAL WORLD BOUND

How “52 Cups of Coffee” Eased the Real-World Transition

A Journey Toward Self-Discovery

How a Rebuttal to a Grad-School Rejection Letter Changed My Life

Craigslist: A Postcollege Love Story

A Real-World Crash Course, Eight Rows at a Time

U Chic’s Real-World Essentials—Real World Bound

CHAPTER 2—WHERE TO LIVE?

Not My First-Choice City, But I Made It Work Anyway

On Moving Back Home…with My Parents

Being a “Grown-Up” in a College Town

New Kid in Town

Living with the Boys

U Chic’s Real-World Essentials—Where to Live?

CHAPTER 3—FIRST JOB SUCCESS

Persistence Paid Off

Why the Workplace Still Feels Like High School

The Waiting Game

First Salary Negotiations

No Dream Job

From Intern to Full-Time Employee

How I Landed My Dream Job

How My Personal Brand Opened Doors

My Mentor Made All the Difference

U Chic’s Real-World Essentials—First Job Success

CHAPTER 4—THE SOCIAL SCENE

Put an End to the Work-to-Home Routine

Finding Friends in the Most Unusual Places

Keeping in Touch with Old Friends While Embracing the Next Chapter

U Chic’s Real-World Essentials—The Social Scene

CHAPTER 5—DATING ESSENTIALS

Learning from My College Dating Mistakes

From Long Distance to Living Together

Workplace Hookups: Why It Didn’t Work Out for Me

On Breaking Up and Moving On

Young Marriage? You Bet

Why I Became an Online Dating Convert

Breaking Off the Engagement

U Chic’s Real-World Essentials—Dating Essentials

CHAPTER 6—DOING THINGS THAT MATTER

Reconnecting with Those College Passions

A Trip of a Lifetime

When Your Dreams Come True But Aren’t What You Expected

Why I Chose to Start My Own Business

I Chose Graduate School, But on My Terms

U Chic’s Real-World Essentials—Doing Things That Matter

CHAPTER 7—HEALTHY AND HAPPY

On Dealing with the Postgrad Blues

A Wake-Up Call on the Importance of Staying Safe

How I Kicked Postcollege Stress to the Curb

How Not to Burn Out in Your Twenties

U Chic’s Real-World Essentials—Healthy and Happy

CHAPTER 8—MONEY MATTERS

How I Live on a Budget and Still Live Fabulously

A Tale of Credit Card Woes

Budgeting for My Dreams (Even on a Freelancer’s Salary!)

Paying Off Those Dreaded Student Loans

U Chic’s Real-World Essentials—Money Matters

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Contributors

About the Author

About U Chic

Excerpt

Chapter 1

Real World Bound

So you’re getting set to graduate from college. Or maybe you already have. You’re likely wondering what your future holds. Grea

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“UChic’s guide really made me think about all the other graduating ladies—what if they didn’t have the support or advice I had been given? What would I tell them? I would hand th...

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 8 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 10.00 oz
Page Count: 272 pages

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