4 Realities Seniors Will Soon Need to Come to Terms With


grad_1 For the elderly (seniors) among us, graduation is right around the corner. It’ll be here in a few short weeks, and then it’s time to get out into the real world ­– whatever that means. This transition period will bring up a lot of different feelings for seniors: joy, fear, excitement, anxiety, and confusion... basically puberty all over.

For some, the transition will be pretty smooth, while for others it’ll be quite difficult. Either way, there are a few elements of college life that graduates will have to let go of, and some elements of real world life that they’ll have to start embracing.

1. No more sleeping in. In college we have the pleasure of designing our schedules so we don’t have to wake up at 7 a.m. everyday. Once we enter the real world and start working we will no longer have that luxury. There will probably be some greying and slightly overweight middle-aged person telling us that 9 a.m. is the absolute latest we should be coming in, every… single… day.

2. Paying rent/other bills. One of the worst things about entering the real world is paying bills. If you want to enjoy things like cable, Internet, and running water, you’re going to have to pay someone for it (shocking we know). The worst part about this is that your going have to use the money you spent the entire day working for. And then, you will probably have around $3 left to spend on whatever hobby won't leave you massively hungover and unable to get up for work the next day.

3. Weekends no longer start on Thursday. With Friday class being a rarity for most seniors, our weekends usually start on Thursday night. Some of us can’t even distinguish between the week and weekend because we’re at Chuck’s, Lucy’s, or Faegan’s pretty much every night of the week. It’s easy to forget that outside of college, the weekend doesn’t actually start until Friday evening.

4. Real world dating. College dating is a joke for the most part. With the exception of a few power couples that last through graduation, and the handful of people who actual practice proper dating etiquette, everyone is pretty much running around hooking up with different classmates week after week. The thought of actually going on dates and getting to know people is scary for a lot of college students.

These realities of post graduation life are perfectly articulated in the Paramore jam “Ain’t it Fun.”