College is a time to learn new things, to make mistakes, and become an adult. It’s a time to meet new people, experiment and, most importantly, to have fun. But what is life like after graduation? Does the good life come to a halt all of a sudden? Let’s take a look at some of the things that no one tells you about life after graduation.
Things are Expensive
You’ve most likely spent the last few years living under a rock when it comes to how expensive it is to live in this world. Your parents have looked after you and, if you’re like most students, you’ve enjoyed the financial cushion that student loans provide. Now it’s time to switch modes and think about how you’re going to survive. Can you get a job right away to cover your rent and living costs? Is there a way to refinance your existing student loan with a private lender so you can improve your rate and terms? Have you enough money to buy a car or is that even an option with the money you have in the bank? These are all questions to ask.
You’re on Your Own
Mistakes are there to be made when you’re young but that changes when you graduate. Life becomes a little more serious the minute you walk out those doors into the big world. No one will be watching over you to stop you from messing up and you’ll only have yourself to blame if things do go wrong.
Your College Friends Will Become Family
These are the people who you’ve laughed and cried with over the past few years. They’re the ones you turned to during the lows and they are the ones you celebrated with when you had highs. Now, these people are more important than ever before. They’re family and they will play a massive role in your adult life.
A Work Day is Harder than you Think
It’s normal to think that getting a job will be much easier than cramming for a big exam. It would have to be, right? Wrong! A day at work is much harder than any day at college. You’ll have so many things to juggle at work. You’ll have a boss to answer to, colleagues to get along with, customers to deal with and you’ll have to keep your composure at all times.
Time Goes Faster
This seems to be a side effect of getting older. Once you graduate, time will start to speed up at an alarming rate. You’ll have so much to do and time will be measured in the months you have left until you can go on vacation.
You Can Do What You Want
Well, to a certain extent, you can. You’ll be in the driving seat when it comes to making all the major decisions in your life. Are you ready to settle down and take on a full-time job? Or would you prefer to travel the world and go backpacking for a year with a friend? Or maybe you want to take a job at your local coffee shop until you decide what’s best for you? The great thing about being an adult is you have the power to take control of your destiny.