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18 Struggles You Experience In Your First Christmas as a University Graduate

So much student life nostalgia.

1. For the first time at Christmas you are officially “an adult”.

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2. So you’re under much more pressure to get people good presents and pitch in with the Christmas dinner.

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3. And when you spend time with your family they definitely expect answers about your life plan now.

“I’m just really focusing on doing well at uni at the moment” is no longer a viable excuse.

4. If you’ve got a job, navigating the work Christmas do and Secret Santa is a stressful minefield.

Without embarrassing yourself that is.

5. It sinks in that you’re never going to have a full month off for Christmas again.

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6. And because you’re so busy, the holiday sneaks up on you.

You have no choice but to last minute shop at the weekends with everyone else who works full-time.

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7. Which makes the festive period less special than it felt last year when you decorated the house with your uni family and had a meal together in the long run up.

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8. If you haven’t got a job yet, looking for one at Christmastime is especially depressing.

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9. And you have to deal with sympathetic questions and well-meaning comments from distant relatives about how the search is going.

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10. Going back to a job in retail or hospitality after graduating means the holidays are chaos at work for you.

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11. And you might not even get Christmas Eve and Boxing Day off.

12. You keep thinking back to last New Year’s and your resolutions, worrying you haven’t achieved anything you set out to.

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13. And you start to hate past you for not making the most of all the guilt-free time you had off uni at Christmastime.

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14. Your uni Christmas nostalgia makes you realise how many people you’ve already lost touch with.

Christmas cards offer you the chance to make an effort with your uni friends, but you have to decide who to include and somehow get their addresses.

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15. This year just hasn’t been the same without the big Christmas end of term night out with your uni friends.

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16. And New Year’s Eve seems even harder than usual to organise when everyone’s off doing different things in different places.

If you haven’t got a job yet especially, it’s a nightmare trying to fund travelling to where your mates are.

17. The pain of knowing that as of January, you’ll be going into your first full year as a graduate.

You start to wonder how long you get to keep the “recent graduate” label.

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18. And the fear of wondering where on earth you’ll be next Christmas.

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