College is the best time of your life. You’re final on your own. You don’t have a curfew, or any rules. You wake up, go to class, come home, and party. Your only problems are whether or not you’re going to pass your class. But graduation is right around the corner and you’re about to enter the real world. Unfortunately, it’s not pretty. It’s not like the movies. You won’t leave college and walk into the perfect life.
Instead, it’s hard. Very, very hard.
You’re Not Guaranteed a Job
Unfortunately, a college degree isn’t a magical pass to job security. There are few people now who graduate college with a job lined up for them. The rest of us have to actually apply for jobs. You have to write a standout cover letter and charm the pants off of possible employers. It’s going to be hard and it’s going to take awhile.
Grades Don’t Matter
Employers don’t care that you got an A in Journalism or that you got a C in Physics. You have a college degree. That’s what’s important. All that money you spent on coffee and Red Bull to get through those all-nighters were a waste.
There’s A Lot of Paperwork to Be an Adult
Once you graduate, you’re completely on your own. You have to figure out how to pay back your student loans, sign rental agreements, and change your address on your voter registration forms. If you’re lucky enough to find a job quickly, you have to figure out your 401k and social security documents. It’s no longer the responsibility of your parents to keep up with your life.
You’re Going to Be Poor
You have to pay your student loans, as well as rent, food, cable, electric, and other bills. You probably won’t have a high paying job and you’ll have to work hard to pay off all your debts. Graduating college won’t end your Ramen dependency.
Life is Lonely
Your friends are no longer at your beck and call. They aren’t down the hall or one floor down. They’re probably across town or across the country. You’re going to spend most of your days in solitude binge watching Netflix.
You Won’t Automatically Get Your Dream Job
You’re going to start from the bottom of whatever job you get. It will be entry level, you’re going to have to do a lot of grunt work, and you won’t get paid a lot. It’s going to suck, but it’s necessary to get where you want to be.
You Will Be Pressured Into Growing Up
Like Wendy in Peter Pan, everyone around you is going to scare you into adulthood. You can’t drink like you did in college and you will have a lot more responsibility. Your attitude will have to change and you have to be open to everything.
You Will Feel Hopeless
When things don’t turn out the way you expected them to, you’re going to feel sad and hopeless. You will feel like a failure, but you’re not. Don’t let the world bring you down. Get into gear and make your life into what you want it to be. Take control and get to where you need to be.