Post college life may be one of biggest changes you face in life. Graduating from college and joining the real world is something that is always initially dreaded by everyone. I personally attended a large state school, and I can vouch for the wisdom I’ve received over the years telling me that college will be the best few years of your life. Don’t let that bog you down though because they also say that your 20’s are when you will have the some of the most amazing times of your life.
Post College Life
- You can’t drink almost every day of the week.
You have responsibilities now. You can’t show up to class like you did to work and be hung over as shit. There are things you need to get done and an appearance that you must maintain if you want to keep your job. Having the occasional weekday happy hour is totally okay, but limiting the number of drinks you indulge in is key.
- You’ll no longer be in a community of people your age.
When you’re working in the real world you will run into people of all ages. Yes, there will still be some people your age, but not nearly as many as what you were used to. Your co-workers may have not gone down the same path you have, and you may have the same job as someone five or ten years older than you. Your lunch buddies might even be married or have kids.
- Your social life might be a little different.
In college, every single night there is always something going on. You had the chance to constantly meet new people and attend new events, but things slow down a little bit during post college life. There will now be a sense of effort involved in maintaining your social circle and keeping up with your friends, whereas previously you wouldn’t have to worry about that. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a great social life, but you may have to work a little bit harder for it.
- You can no longer be a night owl.
Staying up till 2 A.M. every night isn’t an option anymore. You’re an adult now, and adults go to sleep by 10:30 P.M. every night. The later you stay up, the more you will regret it when you get to work the next day, and that might mean having to pound back three cups of coffee just to stay awake.
- Your wardrobe may have to make some changes.
No longer can you wear sweatpants and a hoodie wherever you go. Post college life means being an adult. You will have to adjust your closet to accommodate your workplace. For many people this means wearing business attire every day and shaving to look presentable.
- You will have money to enjoy yourself.
Gone are the days of having to live like a cheap college student. You don’t have to worry about eating out, or buying that cup of Starbucks coffee everyday anymore. You’ll even be able to take a nice vacation every now and then. It’s important to stay open-minded and not hold back because you might just miss out on the best night of your life when you decide to stay in one day.
- Once you are done with work, you are done.
Unless your job is extremely demanding and requires you to work at all hours of the day, once you get home from work you’re generally done for the day. This means being able to relax and have a beer and watch your favorite TV shows on Netflix. No more having to worry about studying for exams or forgetting a homework assignment that’s due the next day.
- You have more time to pursue a passion or do something you like.
Since you’re no longer sleeping in and spending most of your time drinking, there’s time for other things. You now have the chance to get involved in mature things like a book club, joining a volunteer organization, or even pursuing a hobby you always enjoyed.
- The weekends mean something completely different.
Once you are working every day, you will look forward to Friday’s like you never did before. Not only can you dress down on casual Fridays, but it also means that your long week has come to an end. The weekends are your chance to explore new restaurants, or visit a new bar/club with your friends. Maybe even double down and have a boozy brunch Saturday morning as well.
- The work you do now has a tangible purpose.
In college, many times when you were learning things you would question what the importance of this was, or whether you would ever need to know this in life. Now the stuff you work on has an actual meaning and actually adds value to society in some way or another. If you got a job doing something you wanted, you will enjoy having the chance to work on things you are genuinely interested in while knowing that your work is making a difference.
As you can see getting a little older isn’t all that bad, and there is a lot to look forward to in post college life. Soon enough you will get used to the flow of things, and you’ll start to forget how much fun college used to actually be. So start everyday on a positive note, and good things will happen. You’re 20’s will be amazing.