What Doesn’t Change After College

Transitioning into the post-grad world is definitely a tough obstacle to conquer — one I'm still working to navigate successfully.

It is definitely a lot to process — not only are you changing locations and lifestyles; you've also got the pressure of your future career weighing you down. It's a lot to balance, but it's a step I was ready to take. After all, I spent the past four years of my life in college preparing to join the journalism field!

While a lot has changed for me in the last few months, there are a few constants in this experiment we call life. Luckily, you've got me as your post-grad insider so you can know what to expect in the coming months/years. 
Buckle in because it's going to be a wild ride!
You'll Still Get Homesick
This is embarrassing but oh so true. I miss my parents so much more than I ever did when I was in school. I've got a lot more downtime working full time than I ever did in college. When I was in school, I was either studying, working at our university newspaper, involved in an extracurricular activity or partying. There really wasn't downtime for me. Now that I've got more time on my hands and life is a lot less hectic, there's more time to think. Do I wish I had moved closer to home? Yes. Instead, I moved even further away — nine hours instead of eight. You never quite conquer homesickness — you just learn to deal with it better.
Boys Are Still Stupid
Hate to break it to you ladies, but this is unfortunately has not changed. Throughout my college years, I had heard that guys would get more mature once they graduated and would want serious relationships. There's the chance that I'm just not finding the right guys, but for the most part, boys are still mostly immature. Where have all the good men gone?
Hangovers Still Suck
I learned this one the hard way. Being hungover is still no fun. In fact, it's worse, because my alcohol tolerance has significantly decreased since I graduated. There still is not an instant miracle cure the last time I checked, either. Hangovers, unfortunately, do not cease to exist the older you get.
My Friends Are Still Amazing
I don't know what it is — call it BFF telekinesis if you wish — but my best friends have this amazing ability to know when I'm feeling down without me telling them. Getting a nice text from a friend every once in a while definitely adds some joy to my life. Even though I'm far away from all of them, I still feel I can talk to them as though nothing has changed. I'm blessed to have them in my life.
Still Don't Feel Like A Grown Up
When I was in high school, I imagined myself as this 20-something, who by the time graduation rolled around, had herself together. Yes, I do mostly have myself together, but I'm still trying to find my way and my voice. I might have a "big girl" job, but that doesn't mean I feel any more like an adult. I feel like a college girl who's pretending to be a grown up. Something new gets thrown at me every day — I'm still learning hard lessons about the world around me on a daily basis.
Want to read about the things you'll miss the most in your post-grad life? Read my blog here.

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