26 Reasons Why Your First Summer as a Graduate Is The Worst
Everything was easier when you were a student 😩😩😩
1. You suddenly realise uni is over.
— Hannah Lynn (@nanabuft) July 14, 2016
2. There were times when you couldn’t wait for it to end, but now it has, it’s weird.
In a very, very bad way.
3. You’re not going back after the summer. This is actually it.
4. You have to say goodbye to your uni friends.
And hope you manage to stay in touch.
When you realise that uni is over and everyone is going their separate ways forever 😳😭
— Laura Short (@Laura_Jayne10) May 25, 2016
5. And you are now officially about to start a life of 9ams.
6. You can’t enjoy the summer because you’re worried you’ll never get a job.
Or a life. Or even a life plan. And you’ll probably just live with your parents forever.
7. And your parents certainly don’t want you to enjoy it.
8. You want to travel but, of course, you have no money.
9. So instead you spend your time looking at your friends’ Instagrams of themselves by swimming pools.
10. The most frequent social interaction you get is from job sites you’ve signed up to.
Usually about things you aren’t qualified for.
11. You know you really need to get your shit together, but you’re also kind of still in student mode.
12. You start to wonder how often graduates go out.
Guessing it’s not multiple times a week like at uni.
13. Part of you even begins to wish you could swap job applications for essays.
14. You realise how lucky you were to get away with being mostly unemployed for three years at uni.
The good old days, when your occupation was: Full-time Student.
15. Now, it feels like everyone around you is just waiting for you to get a job.
And every time you get home from an interview there’s a little bit more pressure.
16. But you also feel loads of pressure to be out enjoying the last big summer holiday you’ll ever have.
17. And even though you really want a job, getting one means cutting the summer short.
18. Facebook becomes full of people doing better than you.
Talking about their First Class degrees, big job offers, post-grad acceptances or festival plans. Meanwhile, you’re on the sofa.
19. And you see statuses about people excited to start uni in September and hate them.
20. Almost as much as you hate yourself for not sorting out a grad scheme while you were still at uni.
21. You begin to worry about how you can fund anything without a student loan, or student discount.
22. And the reality of tax, and eventually paying back your loans, begins to hit you.
23. You just don’t know what you want to do with your life, but it’s time to actually do something about it.
24. And it’s hard to explain your future plans to people who keep asking. Because there AREN’T any.
25. You can’t wait for this first summer as a graduate to be over.
It gets easier, right??