We were so eager to graduate college because we thought we’d have our dream job, a social life and would be swimming in money. Man, were we wrong.
Expectation: You’d have a chic loft to yourself.
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Reality: You still have roommates and it’s a dump.
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If they aren’t your siblings, it’s a weirdo you found on Craigslist. Either way, your room is still crammed and looks like it belongs to a kid.
Expectation: Living in vacation mode.
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Reality: Life is more stressful than finals.
You thought managing school and life was tough. Who knew work would be worse?
Expectation: Freedom! With no one to report to.
Reality: You still have to check in with mom.
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She still needs to know what you eat every day.
Expectation: Living a luxuriou$ lifestyle.
Reality: It’s a paycheck to paycheck kinda life.
Now you’re faced with pesky bills and you’ll have to ask yourself if the shoes you want are worth eating ramen for a week.
Expectation: You’d be hot and fit.
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Reality: You’re still trying to burn off your Freshmen 15.
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With a 9–5, it’s almost impossible to squeeze in a workout or cook healthy meals. Your twenties are supposed to be your hot bod years. Maybe it’ll be your thirties…
Expectation: With no schoolwork, you’d have a ton of free time.
Reality: Free time is scarce.
You have to plan when you’re going to call home, do laundry, eat, sleep and work just to make sure you get everything done. When you do have free time, you choose to stay in and rest because life is exhausting.
Expectation: The dating pool is an instant upgrade.
Reality: Dating isn’t classier.
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With no free time, it only makes sense to turn to Tinder. Unfortunately, it’s the equivalent of meeting someone at a frat party.
Expectation: You can hang with the big kids.
Reality: Hangovers are worse than ever.
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You don’t have that 21-year-old bounce-back rate anymore. And hangovers during an eight-hour work day are much worse than during a two-hour lecture where you can hide behind books.
Expectation: You’ve reached your squad goals.
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Reality: You have no friends.
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It’s impossible to keep in touch with friends when they’ve halfway around the world. And how are you supposed to make new ones when you’re always trapped in the office?
Expectation: You have a sick job.
Reality: Work sucks.
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Being micromanaged and staying indoors for nine hours is making your miss your three-hour lecture.
Expectation: You have somewhat of a five-year plan.
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Reality: You have absolutely no clue what you’re doing.
It’s okay. Life after college is still better.