17 Struggles You’ll Recognise If You’re a Graduate Living In The Countryside
Living in the countryside can be great when you’ve recently graduated. It’s just a shame it doesn’t come without the following struggles.
1. The public transport is awful.
When there’s one bus at 9:30 and one at 11:30, but you have an interview at 11.15, your only option is to go early and sit in a coffee shop trying to contain your anxiety.
2. The signal when trying to use your phone is even worse.
Great, I’m only gonna be able to call my mates when I’m sat on top of the cupboard.
3. Needing two pairs of shoes when you leave the house.
Why has nobody invented compact wellies?
4. Being driven around by your parents all the time.
That’s if you can’t afford a car yet…
5. And inevitably getting stuck behind tractors, bicycles, the hunt…
The list goes on.
6. Finding it weird when you drive somewhere and there isn’t an animal in the road.
Are my eyes deceiving me?!
7. And always somehow being covered in animal fluff.
It’s highly likely you own at least one dog or cat, if not a variety of livestock.
8. Not being able to be spontaneous.
That “my parents aren’t home” meme means nothing to you when you live in the countryside. The only things you can do here spontaneously are watch a 7-series show on Netflix, or walk into a field if you’re trying to be more healthy.
9. Being so far away from friends.
Everyone might be spread out across the UK, but even your home friends are an unreliable bus ride away.
10. Having to make conversation with your retired neighbours.
Everyone talks to each other when you walk the dog, even if you clearly have sweats on and are avoiding eye contact.
11. And speaking of neighbours, you have to constantly listen to your mum’s commentaries on their every move.
“I think I overheard next door arguing about their pension plan again…”
12. No takeaways are near your house.
The withdrawal is so hard after uni.
13. So when you run out of food, you’ve actually run out of food.
Unless you want to walk half an hour to the nearest farm shop just to buy bread, jam and cheese.
14. The horrific stench.
Which, unfortunately, your nose soon gets used to. That doesn’t fare well for when you go to a job interview smelling like hay and manure.
15. A night out is a huge expedition.
It takes weeks to calculate whose house has sleeping space, the cheapest taxi, and whose parents won’t be at home.
16. And it’s expensive af.
Splitting the taxi bill = more stressful than exams.
17. Telling someone where you live takes an actual year.
“Sorry… What did you say? How is that a real place?”