Things I learned since graduating college.

  • You will have a million different jobs in your lifetime, and you will probably hate all of them in one way or another until you find what’s perfect for you. You haven’t found your ideal career path until you are excited to get up each and every day and go to “work.” Except it won’t be like work since it is your passion and your life.


  • It’s okay to not be busy all the time. You worked your ass off for 16 years throughout elementary school, high school, and college. It will be interesting to watch TV at night without having homework or studying to accompany it, but that’s okay. You’ll get used to it. You’ll turn to looking up pictures of cats online instead.


  • You will meet a lot of people you don’t like, but have to get along with anyway. You’re going to have to learn to be patient and take a breath so you don’t flip out at all the ignorance in the real world. But then over time you’ll realize that everyone is different and you should just be nice and that is that.


  • Even if you move home after graduation, you are not the same person you were in high school. You will see things in a different light and think of all the high-schoolers as children. It is weird to look at your hometown through different eyes, but not necessarily bad weird. Just different.


  • You will have a really tough time learning how to balance work and your personal life. Maybe you will make it work, and maybe you won’t. Maybe you will lose some friends, and maybe you will make new ones. You will do a lot of thinking about what you really want in life and that will eliminate a lot of people from your life that aren’t on the same page as you.


  • You will be really confused. Like, all the time.


  • You will change your mind every 3 seconds on average.


  • You will feel like you should grow up and get married and have kids and the end, but then you will realize that you just want to play for a few more years and enjoy the simplicity while you still can.


  • Vacations will be your best friend.


  • It is okay if you start to watch the news and drink black coffee and listen to podcasts and go to bed by 9 p.m. It just means that you’re becoming a boring adult. No big deal.


  • You will cringe whenever you see someone on Facebook post about finals or studying. Your heart will break for them, because you know how bad it sucks.


Okay, so maybe these are just things that apply to me, but I can’t be the only person that feels this way!

What is something you have learned since graduating college?


  1. “It is weird to look at your hometown through different eyes, but not necessarily bad weird. Just different.” – So so true. It’s an experience going home now.

    I agree with a lot of what you said! Except I would actually love to be studying and taking finals – if it meant I was still in a college. I wouldn’t necessarily want to go back because I really love living “real life,” but I miss college like crazy some days.

  2. I can relate to a lot of these although I still have a year and a half left. Mostly the first one- waiting for the perfect job to feel like you aren’t working is what I’m hoping to find soon. You know what you want but there are so many obstacles in the way which leads to being confused all the time. Ever few days I have a change of though..I definitely need summer vacation to let my brain rest :)

  3. I agree with all of this and will add that it’s ok not to have a plan. The world won’t end because you don’t know where you’re going to be in a year or five. It’s important to just enjoy where you are and celebrate your life where it is at every moment (when possible). Oh and don’t close yourself off to new experiences…just because you tried something once a few years ago and didn’t like it, doesn’t mean you won’t like it if you try again…case in point (for me)…running :)

  4. Yes!!!! I love this and agree whole-heartedly. Life after college is like…a big abyss. And it’s okay not to figure it all out right away. In fact, it’s probably better (read: more exciting) if you don’t.

  5. YES. Especially to being confused all the time. I felt like I graduated with a great sense of direction and that I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Now I’m not totally sure! And vacations, even if they’re short, are sanity savers.

  6. Love this! I have learned that it is SO much harder to make friends when you aren’t in school than when you have the opportunity to meet new people every semester. I think that is what I miss the most. Having my BFF just down the hall and having someone who wanted to go out or go to dinner or go shopping with me at any waking moment.

  7. The pictures are so fun! Since graduating college, I learned that I should’ve studied something different in college :/

  8. Great list! As someone who has been out of college for 8 years now (WHOAH!), I couldn’t agree more. I think another one I’m learned and am learning right now is, “You will make mistakes. It’s okay, everyone does!” Recently I left a great job to move in with my boyfriend in another city. While I don’t regret it, the new job isn’t working out the way I had hoped. While it was hard to come to terms with it, I now realize I made a mistake…and that’s ok :-)

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      But if you never make mistakes, you will never learn and grow! I am impressed with you for taking a leap and following your heart :)

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