The 12 Stages of Post-Graduation Blues
Graduation is done and dusted and now you must set off on the long, difficult journey of realisation, acceptance and for many, ceaseless grief.
1. Realising you don’t know when you’ll next head back to that city.
As you drive out of the city for the final time, you can’t hold back the tears any longer. Fergie was wrong, big girls and boys do cry and this is more than a good enough reason to let those tears flow.
2. Or when you’ll see your uni friends again.
You’ve already set up a Whatsapp group to help with the transition so you can discuss each other’s every movement. You finally understand how tough a long distance relationship must be.
3. September arrives and you are forced to acknowledge that you won’t be going back to university this time.
Just like most single people dread Valentines day, September is not a month you’ll be happy to see any time soon.
4. Realising that it’s time to pay back all that money you borrowed from the government.
It’s not going to stop any time soon, best get used to it.
5. Having to adjust to no student discount every time you go to pay for something.
How else will you practice your arithmetic?
6. Painfully recognising that, technically, you are no longer welcome at student night.
You don’t want to be that crazy person preaching to the people in the queue about ‘how you’re one of them’. Don’t be that person, seriously.
7. Counting on your student loan to break you out of poverty is a thing of the past.
You don’t know how to manage your money without it. Repeat, YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY WITHOUT IT!!
8. Struggling to accept that Freshers’ week is a distant memory.
Positive: you won’t be catching freshers’ flu. Negative: because you won’t be going to any of the Freshers’ events.
9. Grasping the fact that you are now a part of the university’s alumni community.
You want to shred every letter, delete every email and red button every phone call – that way, it’s not really happening.
10. Understanding that work is not optional like you thought lectures and seminars were.
You wish you’d have spent those moments more productively rather than just in bed, praying the hangover would pass.
11. Getting used to the working world.
Work starts at 9, everyday. There is no timetable and potential days off mid-week, sorry.
12. Finally, accepting a new life beyond university.
Just like a break up, you may need to cut contact for a while but eventually you’ll be able to look at them and remember the good times without crying.