By Graci Woodworth, Storage.com
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The first few summer months that follow your highly-anticipated college graduation bring on a tidal wave of bittersweet emotions. For many fresh-out-of-college grads, the “realness” of the real world brings a unique type of identity crisis (even for those who have every day of their foreseeable futures mapped out). While trying to figure out where to live, where to work, and just how to plain old survive, you get hit with some pretty adult-like realizations. These “Aha!” moments are what set you apart from the workforce veterans.
So whether you were lucky enough to have a job lined up right away after college or trolled job sites in panic mode for months, here are five things you’ll probably realize your first post-grad summer.
1. LIFE IS EXPENSIVE.
You have more money than you’ve ever had, but you’re also throwing chunks of your paycheck into more expense categories than you’ve ever had—we’ll call this the post-grad paycheck paradox. Between taxes, renting that sweet downtown studio apartment, groceries, and student loans that will hound you well into your 30s, there’s hardly anything left to spare for Sunday brunch and cab rides. No matter how much penny-pinching or thrifting hacks you seem to swing, there’s no denying that adult life is just downright expensive.
2. YOU NEED SUPERPOWERS.
Working full-time, attempting misleadingly “simple” Pinterest recipes, and keeping up with chores around your apartment can quickly eat up an entire day’s worth of time and energy—leaving you with new appreciation for how your parents did it all so seamlessly every day when you lived with them (Standing ovation, Mom and Dad!). If you’re anything like them, which you most certainly are, you’re probably on your way to discovering the multitasking superpowers you have. Just give it a little more time and practice!
3. PUPPY FEVER IS A REAL DISEASE.
Whether you have a ball of fluff to call your own or jump on any chance to puppy-sit for your friends and fam, puppy fever spares few victims in the post-grad community. There’s just something about the thought of a furry friend awaiting your return each day that fills almost every void in life. After all, they aren’t called “man’s best friend” for just any reason!
4. RELATIONSHIPS ARE VALUABLE.
Maintaining relationships after college can be tough, no matter how many group texts you try to keep up with. It takes time to adjust to the fact that your former roommate is no longer just a few steps down the hall. Or that planning a road trip takes a little more effort to match schedules and vacation days. Regardless of how you stay in touch, making time to catch up when you’re hundreds (or thousands) of miles apart makes you truly appreciate just how great of a pal you have. (Post-Grad Note: Your time spent with Netflix is, in fact, a relationship, so staying committed to your shows can evoke just as many warm-fuzzies.)
5. YOU CAN “DO YOU.”
Want to take up a new hobby? You’ve got the time. Itching to travel to a foreign country? The world is your oyster. The fact of the matter is this is a point in your life where you’re simply free to do all of those things you may not have been able to do in college. Sure, it stings a little when all of your feeds are flooded with spring break photos, but only until you remember that your breaks are gloriously self-mandated. That’s the beauty of the post-grad world—you can “do you.” As long as your budget can accommodate you, that is.