Today I read an article titled “What I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College” in which a late 20s woman gives advice to all the new college grads. Mostly she talks about how hard the real world is, how tough the transition from student to worker is, and how life is never going to be as carefree and wonderful as it was during those college years.
Let me preface this by saying that I absolutely loved college. It was some of the best years of my life. If I could do it all over again, I would. BUT, life after college is pretty awesome too.
While I didn’t necessarily disagree with her advice, I found myself wanting to scream “IT’S NOT THAT BAD!” Yes, college is great, and most likely you are never going to have such a carefree lifestyle and lack of responsibility ever again, but really, it’s not that bad. My 20s have been pretty damn awesome as well. I moved to a city I have loved for as long as I can remember. I made amazing new friends. I dated and had a lot of fun. I fell in love and had a lot of fun. I got married and I’m continuing to have a lot fun.
Perhaps it’s because I live in a city with a lot of young professionals, but the transition from student to employee wasn’t that jarring for me. Yes, waking up early and getting used to working 40+ hours a week took some adjusting to, but meeting my girlfriends after work for happy hour, and having my own money to pay for it, made up for it. Yes, I no longer stayed up until 2 am on most nights, but I also didn’t start most of my evenings at 11 pm.
I do miss having spring breaks and long summer vacations, and I suppose I always will, but the flip side is that I now have the means to actually afford to plan awesome vacations in places I could never have afforded to go in college. I don’t have to go to bars that have $1 beers (although I still love those bars!). I can go to fancy bars that serve charcuterie and cheese plates and have imported wines. It’s not that bad.
Yes, working full-time isn’t all that great, and most people in the world don’t really love their job (trust me, I’m the first to admit that one!), but still… IT’S NOT THAT BAD!
And you know what isn’t bad at all?
Having good benefits and a steady income that gives you disposable income to spend on whatever you want to.
Really, the thing I wish I knew most when I graduated college would have to be about hangovers.
Your hangovers get a lot worse. Like so bad you want to die the next the day. No one told me this in college, though I’m not sure I would have believed them if they had.
For me, my ever increasing hangover is the worse part about no longer being in college. Long gone are the days of drinking until 3 am and feeling fine the next day. If I do that now, I will be unable to function for 24 hours and want to die. Even worse, is that these hangovers just keep getting worse and worse! From 25 on… my hangovers have gotten incrementally worse with each passing year. It has by far been the most unpleasant part of getting older.
So there you have it. My advice to all you college grads? Enjoy it, and fear not! The worse part about life after college is your hangover.
My 29th birthday party. We rented out a private room at Bourbon and Branch and had a 20′s themed murder mystery party. It was a blast.
Life after college is not that bad.