Originally published on Post Grad Purpose
Like all things, post grad life has pros and cons. When it’s good, everything’s fine. You paid your rent on time, your boss praised you in front of your coworkers, and you nailed your meal prep Sunday night. You’ve got this adulting thing figured out.
When it’s bad, though, it’s bad. You stayed up all night stressing about whether you chose the right career path, you got a parking ticket, and your mom finally turned your old bedroom into a dog room (I’m not kidding). You feel lost, unimportant, and more stressed than ever.
I’ve found that the good and bad of post grad life ebb and flow. The challenges lead to new realizations and the hardships have surprising resolutions. Here’s the best and worst of post grad life:
- Independence. Sorry to those still living with the rents, but for the rest of us, post grad life means FREEDOM. You make the rules, not mom and dad or your college hall director.
- No more studying. Speaking of freedom… Your time is now yours. Yeah, you need to punch in for that 9 to 5, but nights and weekends are yours. So sleep a little more, plan a weekend get-away, or start working on that side hustle.
- Money, money, money. With that 9 to 5 comes the oh-so-glorious paycheck. In college you got paid minimum wage to work at the campus bookstore. Now with every direct deposit you’re seeing the payoff (literally) of the degree you worked so hard to get.
- Hello friends. New city and new job means new friends. It’s hard at first, but trust me, you will meet new people. Go to events, ask the girl one cubicle down to grab coffee, or hit up a college acquaintance you know lives nearby.
- Company happy hours. If you work at the right place, this is a thing. And if you work at a good place, they’ll pick up the tab.
- You, meet you. This may be super cheesy, but probably the best part of post grad life is that you will learn a TON about yourself. Your interests and ways of thinking will expand, you’ll overcome some tough times, and you’ll grow and develop as a person.
- Ugh, bills. Ok, so I know I said you’ll finally be making some money, but guess where it’s going? Even thinking about seeing the electric company’s logo on the top left corner of that envelope every month makes me cringe.
- Student loans. Like bills, but worse. When that grace period ends, be warned – the student loan bills come at you fast.
- Cooking for one. Is there a sadder phrase in the English language? From cooking too much and then eating alone, it’s not too much fun. Luckily, it gets easier as you go.
- Loss of community. One of the hardest things to adjust to post-college is the loss of community. College is a little bubble filled with things to do and people to hang out with. The second you get that diploma, your safety net falls away.
- What to do, what to do? The stress of trying to figure out what to do with your life is literally the worst. I can’t even tell you how many hours I’ve spent having mental breakdowns over this.
That may have ended on a bit of a depressing note, but one of the reasons I started Post Grad Purpose is to talk about all this. I plan to cover pretty much every above bullet in a future post, even the not-so-fun stuff. Like, for real, does anyone like cooking for one??
Anything I missed? Let me know in the comments ↓