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Straight Outta College
November 13, 2016

Sometimes, I feel like summer has been extended and I’m still waiting to go back to college. It has been five months since I graduated and this feels a bit surreal. I’m only 22 years old and adjusting to real adulthood is not bad after all. Before I go any further, everyone is different to some degree and the stages of life can happen at different times. That’s okay- do whatever it takes to be self-sufficient in life (as long as it’s legal/moral).

I call this my “straight outta college” era. Sound familiar? I’m barely starting out in the world as a college graduate and here are my experiences so far:

  • That feeling of not having to worry about homework on a Sunday night.
  • Waking up at 6am to prepare for class? More like prepare for work!
  • Having financial aid as a student was nice but making legit money is 999x nicer.
  • No more classes that ends at 10pm! Let’s hope that my work ends way before 10 during “busy season“.
  • Having to wait for a parking spot at Starbucks is better than waiting for a parking spot at school.
  • 8-?? life all day, every workday.
  • Being able to properly save up for goods (hello winter vacation).
  • Disneyland is a soothing place for adults too…
  • Learning never stops. Is it certification time yet?
  • Having to wear business attire is actually okay after all…
  • Suddenly finding myself eating more veggies/non-gmo/organic food than ever.
  • Going to the gym because I can’t get away with eating a tub of Nutella anymore.
  • Cutting down on alcohol is actually not a bad idea.
  • Finding time to do things is just as hard.

Obviously, I still haven’t figured everything there is to adulthood. I’m enjoying the experience one day at a time. As much as I enjoyed the last two years of college, it’s good to move on to more important things in life ✨. As time goes by, I’d definitely have more to add to this list.

7 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ November 14, 2016 at 1:40 am

    I think you’re doing really well with adulting 🙂 I look at you and think you’ve really come far from when I followed your blog from when you were in high school! Through your blog I could see that you are a hard worker and that has clearly never stopped while being in college and after graduating from it!

    Adulting is a great thing in some ways. Some of the things you’ve listed are things I can relate to! Like how earning money and saving what you earn for special trips and other merchandises is a good feeling — definitely better than being stuck on financial aid and student loans! It’s also nice that you don’t have to really worry about late classes and such, but the trade-off is to work late at times X_X; I definitely can relate to not having homework, but sometimes work projects take over your life instead!

    It’s good you can set your own schedule and do what you want (even if you do have to work around your work schedule XD) like going to the gym or doing other things. I remember thinking that I felt really free after finishing college and grad school because of the abundance of free time I had on my hand after slaving away for school . . . but now I feel like I’m slaving away with this commute, haha! So yes to finding time to do thing being a challenge at time!

    But you know what, Nancy? You’re doing well. You’ve got the hang of all of this better than some people (including me, haha!) and what I can tell you is to do what’s right for you 🙂 Remember — life’s short, so it’s up to you to live it!

  2. Sahil ☆ November 17, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Nancy, I’m contemplating the same things in my life as well. Being an adult is tough. Even though it’s my last quarter in school, I feel as if there’s a lot of responsibilities I have to prepare for the journey afterward. I’ve been thinking about the meaning behind “adulthood.” I still feel like a child, in my mind. There’s so much stuff out there in the world that I haven’t even experienced and to think that college is this stepping stone for the rest of your life is an overwhelming thought. It’s really scary when I start to think about it. I try to take everything that gets thrown at me in life one step at a time because I’d probably go nuts trying to take on all these responsibilities at once. Looking at your experience so far makes me pretty optimistic though. I mean, let’s be honest, I just want to make money and play video games all day. Anyway, thanks for this blog post, I appreciate you and your blog for providing a great and relative experience to me every week.
    -Lots of love with butter and syrup on top: Sahil 🙂

  3. Cat ☆ November 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Not having to deal with homework and the consistent work schedule were the first things I noticed when switching from college to the working world! I love being able to go home and not deal with work anymore. It gives me more free time than before, and I feel like that’s partly why I switched to a healthier life too. I actually have time to do things like go for a run or cook my own food, without stressing about a project or test.

    Definitely agree with learning never stops. I went into a job that uses Ruby without ever learning it before, haha. Plus, technology changes so fast! We always have to keep up!

    I miss some things from my college days, but I feel like “adulthood” has more benefits overall 🙂 The hardest part for me was finally dealing with things like how to maintain my house and all the stuff around retirement and health benefits. Sounds like you’ve been doing well though!

  4. Elisa ☆ November 17, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    i’m going to have my graduation next week on the 26th too and i’m not sure if i should embrace the end of my college era or be even more anxious. the thought of having to lead adulthood life is just… ugh *barf* right now, i’m still unemployed so even though waking up anytime i want sounds like such a dream (because everyday just looks like weekend), i have parents who pester and nag me and say some bitter things because i’m still unemployed.

    you are really lucky that you have a staple job and therefore a staple income. you get to save money and buy things that you want too. you’re lucky 😀
    I kinda miss college though because the only things i had to worry about were my assignments.

  5. Gretch ☆ November 18, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I think being an adult is great, only if you have a job that pays good. I’ve been a graduate for years now but it still feels like I am only pretending to be an adult sometimes. I understand the “straight outta college era” very well.

    It seems like you are enjoying “adult” life so far, I envy you! I wish I could just escape my responsibilities as an adult for at least a month. T_T

  6. Georgie ☆ November 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    This is so true:

    Finding time to do things is just as hard.

    Everything is so much different coming out of university/college and into work. Some people struggle to find a job but both you and I had that sorted out for us! 🙂

    I guess I never had huge issues with driving to/from university or work, I always got the train into the city. It’s occurred to me that it’s been happening for eight years, but it still pisses me off and I live so far away. But there are certainly a lot of pluses and upsides to working, over studying. 😄

    It’s great not having to study or do homework once you get home. That is something that I was looking forward to even when I was still studying. I couldn’t wait to go home and do… nothing! These days my spare time is filled with hobbies or laziness, sometimes both at the same time 😉

    I still have a huge debt racked up thanks to university… ah, such is life. It’s good to have a stable income though. 😄

  7. Pauline ☆ November 20, 2016 at 4:14 am

    I can relate to your list even though I’ve not graduated yet but on my placement year. Especially “Having financial aid as a student was nice but making legit money is 999x nicer.” It’s always nice to get help but earning that £££ feels AMAZING when you know your hard work was put into it. 🙂

    Woah, wait? Your classes used to finish at 10pm? IS THAT EVEN ALLOWED? Here in the UK all our classes are due to end by 6pm. D:

    I’m so glad you’re still on the gym grind, so proud of you girl! If I lived anywhere near you, I’d be there motivating you but as I dont, digitally will do: GO GIRLLLLLLLLLL! WOOOOO!

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