13 Times ‘GIRLS’ Perfectly Captured Your Life After University
GIRLS. Worryingly comparable to your life as a graduate.
1. Graduation has been and gone, you’ve said goodbye to your classmates and your independence, and those spontaneous, weeknight trips to the student bar feel like a distant memory. Now, there is no option but to move back in with your parents for a while and crack on with the job search.
2. Finding work however, turns out to be ten times more difficult than you anticipated. You feel like you will lose your mind if you receive one more rejection email. “You didn’t meet the requirements we were looking for”?! What about the first I got in that essay on medieval warfare!
3. In the meantime, your friends seem to have settled into post-grad life with far greater ease. Whilst you continue to frantically search for a source of income, many are already moving out and beginning to shape their careers. You’re thrilled for them, yet can’t help but feel left behind.
4. Netflix is now your closest companion, and you decide that becoming a recluse is far easier than listening to countless stories of successful employment.
5. So your parents start to express their concern for your ‘lack of direction’ and constantly grill you about your plans, most probably out of fear that you will occupy their sofa for the rest of your life.
6. Yet even when the job you’ve been working so hard to obtain is finally yours, transitioning into a 9-5 routine makes you miss student life more than ever.
7. You visit your friends from university because it already feels like you haven’t seen them in years. Suddenly it’s just like old times again.
8. You crave one last hoorah, so you and your mates revisit your university town to mingle with the undergrads. It will be like you never left, right?
9. Wrong. When you were a student, sweaty clubs and horrific dance music were all part of the experience. They haven’t been a staple of your Saturday nights for a long time, but you prefer it that way.
10. Plus, now that you have an actual routine and work for a living, you’re not quite the night owl you once were.
11. So you happily accept that university is well and truly behind you, and embrace your new responsibilities. You acknowledge at last that it is time to start acting like a grown-up who’s living in the real world.
12. Now you are free to embrace your passions and form a career plan. You are a graduate, and you can pursue whatever path you desire!
13. You find that you still miss your student status every now and then, but the enormity of the rest of your life often overrides the nostalgia. With your motivation at an all-time high, you decide that graduate life isn’t all bad…