*And when I say nobody I guess I mostly mean the mainstream media because it is basically everyone’s semi extended family.
I feel like I could have been warned. Correction. Should have been warned. Have you ever noticed that television and movies really only show high schoolers, kids in college, and then people in their early thirties?
So I am taking the time out of my life and my silly little blog to write this. BE WARNED: You’re early twenties aren’t going to be glittery and great. Unless you’re one of those rich kids whose parents know people. If you’re one of those people, please message me (especially if your family has a boat because I would love to be your friend!)
I’ve been post grad for over a year now and these are just a few of the things I’m coming to terms with (I can’t say I’ve ‘learned’ them just quite yet);
1. Once you graduate jobs do not fall into your lap. I always thought of myself as like-able and even though I hadn’t applied for that many jobs or job like things, I had never truly experienced rejection until after college. Half of the jobs you apply for won’t even bother with a response. The other 45% will say thanks but no thanks. And if you’re really lucky you will get 1 interview for every 10 applications.
2. When you do get a job, it will be more stress and less money than you thought it would be. To be honest, you can most likely expect this for the rest of your life. The older you get the more stress effects you too. Hangovers last longer and sleep is actually necessary. Thus you are less likely to relive stress through binge drinking with your friends, its a vicious cycle really.
3. You’re going to lose friends, but make more. I’ve lost a few people who I used to care about deeply, partially because of bullet point number 2 and partially because that’s life. People change and that includes you. But don’t worry, chances are you’ll fall in friend love with a few of your new coworkers.
4. You’ll either not have enough money, or more than you know what to do with. If you’re like me, a single twenty something, aside from the dream crushing amount of student loan debt, you probably have relatively low expenses. You don’t have to pay for other humans to eat and be clothed, PLUS you’ve been living on minimum wage for the past four years! Any post collegiate job pays slightly more than that, which if you keep some of your frugal habits from college- will result in a surplus. On the flip side if you take that surplus and splurge on that margarita machine instead of groceries… well you get the point.
5. Sleep is actually necessary. I know I kinda already mentioned this, but it really does deserve its own bullet point. Do yourself a favor, get some sleep.
6. Your parents become more like people and less like parents. And they want to be your friend. I know right, its weird. I don’t really have any advice for this one, because its still a daily struggle for me.
7. Everyone is going to say their job is great and they love it, but they are liars. And that’s ok because you’re going to lie about how much you love your job too. See bullet point number 2 (again). But it is a crucial step in growing a career and there are very very very few ways around it (see rich kids with boats).
8. You are going to get invited to a lot of weddings for the next few summers. Embrace it, they usually have some free liquor and it is a legitimate excuse to get out of work. Try not to focus on how weird it is that some people forgo their youth to start ‘families’ and junk.
9. High school kids are the enemy. Almost suddenly they are like foreign creatures and you don’t remember how you could have ever been one. They say things like ‘YOLO’ and can’t spell anything correctly. You can’t shop at Forever21 as much as you used to (despite the name it is almost exclusively for those UNDER 21) and you’re bitter about how much more dress pants cost at Express. You’re just bitter about having to wear dress pants in general though.
10. 24 comes up really fast. Believe it or not, you’re going to enjoy most of this time. You’re not bogged down with homework, you don’t argue with your parents on a regular basis, you’ve got some expendable income and vacation time. Time will fly, trust me.