Graduating was all I thought about for the past four years. No more papers! No more boring lectures! No more 8 AM classes! I imagined myself in a gorgeous apartment, doing life-changing work, drinking lots of wine and not missing school one bit.
Now that a new school year is about to start without me, I’ve found the reality of graduating to be a little different.
Here are just a few reasons why real life sucks:
1. Living at home
If you’re anything like me, you have some serious student loans to pay off. And if you’re even more like me, you’ve spent all your money on clothes and happy hour. This is when you show up on mom and dad’s doorstep with puppy eyes. My vision of a gorgeous city apartment has turned into a suburban basement dungeon. The free rent is great, but I sure miss not having a curfew.
2. The job hunt
I thought I’d be done with homework after graduation, but boy was I wrong! Slaving over cover letters and resumes has left me with a soft spot for all those philosophy papers I used to hate. And at least my exams didn’t garner rejection letters. All those job rejections have produced more tears of frustration than any failed exam ever could.
Upon graduation, I surrendered my beloved bus pass, rights to library usage, my student gym membership and, most importantly, a sense of identity. Realizing I was also blocked from my student email account was like a slap in the face — and it’s probably the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever cried about!
4. The parties
This kind of goes without saying. There’s just something so sentimental about a red SOLO cup and a good game of beer pong.
5. Goodbye, friends!
This is the main reason that graduation sort of blows. All the friends I worked hard to make are leaving to do bigger and better things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super proud of the amazing things they’re doing! It just hurts having to say goodbye.
I guess if I had one piece of advice to all the students out there, it’d be: DON’T GRADUATE.
Just kidding! But promise me that you’ll savor the moment, because it passes by too quickly.
Any of you Lovelies feeling the same way about graduation?