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FROM READERS: Life after college doesn't have to be boring

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 | 10:00 a.m. CDT
Sara Heins graduated from the University of Missouri in 2012. She now works at Red Nova Labs in Westwood, Kan.

Sara Heins is a 2012 graduate of MU. She studied strategic communication at the Missouri School of Journalism. Today, she spends her days living in Westwood, Kan., working at Red Nova Labs as its social media manager. 

Having a “grown up job” is a little bit different than the wild days of college; it will take some adjusting but don’t fret too much when your university days come to an end. In the spirit of homecoming weekend, here’s some advice from one recently full-time employed alumna to the Mizzou student body:

  • You will get used to the 40-hour workweek. It may seem awfully boring sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, but if you have entertaining desk accessories in your cubicle it’s not so bad.
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Watch an episode of Girls every once in a while for some relatable (and hilarious) content. Whether you’re still in the job search process, at your internship or newly hired, this show speaks to the recent grad community.

  • A fun work environment is of greater value than a higher paycheck.
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Live close to Columbia so you can easily relive your college glory and return often.
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Take advantage of the cheap prices (i.e. bars) Columbia has to offer.


College was a great time, but your fun doesn’t have to end after graduation. Find solace in happy hours and enjoy the beginning of your career!

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising Editor is Joy Mayer.


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