16 Things You Only Realise After You’ve Graduated From Uni
Learning to adult is tricky.
1. Your dissertation was probably your last essay. Ever.
You made it! But it’s weird to think you may never write something academic again now.
2. The first few weeks after graduating are really strange.
After the intense last push towards the end, you constantly feel like you should be working on an essay or something. But no, its over, and that takes a while to sink in.
3. The reality sets in that you might not see some of the people you spent years at uni with again.
Though this might not be such a bad thing in some cases.
4. Thinking about and looking for jobs takes even longer than you expected.
Searching for jobs, updating your CV and writing cover letters is basically a full-time job in itself.
5. But, whether you like it much or not, you do get used to the roller coaster ride of job hunting.
Heartbreak, excitement and the realisation that sometimes just a degree isn’t enough.
Me after receiving the 23658th job rejection letter this year: pic.twitter.com/mFeSvA4OMP
— Anita (@aniaev) October 17, 2016
6. You’re not ready to adult and it’s definitely not as fun as you once thought.
But you’re trying.
7. And there is a high chance you might have to accept moving back in with your parents for a while.
8. It can be really hard to watch people still enjoying life at university.
Social media isn’t really a graduate’s friend. You feel happy you don’t have to deal with the essays and exams any more, but jealous and sad you’re missing all the fun.
9. You’re not as prepared for “real life” post-uni as you thought.
Unfortunately you can’t really list “drinking games expert” as a skill on your CV.
10. And you realise just how much you counted on student discounts.
Now they’re gone and it’s possibly the worst part of graduating?!
11. Your age becomes a much bigger deal to you than it was when you were a student.
Especially on trips back to your old university when you see all the new freshers.
12. Your sleeping pattern changes dramatically.
Late nights and surviving on no more than 4 hours of sleep is way harder.
13. And there are so many things you have to pay for as a graduate.
Bills, bills, bills = that post-uni travelling is looking increasingly impractical.
When you say you wanna go travelling and someone says 'do it then' pic.twitter.com/Uc0UlSfSXd
— Erin McLachlan (@ErinMacx) May 7, 2016
14. Once you’ve been out of uni a bit longer, though, you realise there’s no need to panic if you don’t have your dream job yet.
And who knows? The job you’ve taken in the meantime might just turn into, or lead to, it.