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What To Expect After Graduation

What To Expect After Graduation

You’ve dreaded graduation from the moment you realized that college was basically summer camp with more hookups. Now, it’s finally here. You’re getting kicked off campus even though you’re not even remotely ready to go. You’re feeling absolutely terrified and borderline devastated. You may or may not know what you’re doing next year, and if one more person asks, you’re going to tell them you’re becoming an exotic dancer. Don’t be too overwhelmed. Here’s what to expect once you leave campus.

You’re The New Social Chair

For the past four years you’ve had every minute planned for you. There’s a bar for every night, meetings every week, and a different party every weekend. All you have to figure out is a date (struggle city), an outfit (easy enough to dream up during class), and a pregame (as long as there’s vodka, you’re golden). In the real world, you make your own plans. They usually don’t involve putting together a crazy costume or dancing to old school Britney on top of a bar, but it also doesn’t mean mandatory alcohol awareness presentations, mixing with your ex-boyfriend, or playing nice with your rival sorority. There are perks.

Post-Grad Boys Don’t Change

It’s beyond easy to date a wrong boy or ten after graduation. They just might treat your heart the way you treated your parents’ credit card over the past four years (spoiler alert: you can say goodbye to that too). You may think post-grad guys are more mature than their indecipherable midnight texts lead you to believe, but just because a guy graduated doesn’t mean that he’s trying to wine and dine you. If you start thinking the boy from the bar is Mr. Right, you’re probably wrong. Keep that in mind during your shacking endeavors and you’ll be just fine.

No Standards Means No Rules

Because you can’t drink everyday anymore, you save it for the weekends and condense all your undergrad drinking into two nights, which gives you the opportunity to rage in a way you didn’t know you were capable of. With no standards, you can get as wild as you want, without having to pretend to regret your behavior in the morning. Most of the time, you’ll be at someplace glamorous, but sometimes you’ll miss your little and the stick-floored campus bar that serves up greasy foods and regret. So you’ll visit her and you can still do whatever you want. You graduated, but you’re not actually an adult.

You’ll Be Fine

Your first year of post-grad life is basically freshman year all over again. You can do whatever you want because you’re still figuring it out, and what you do this year isn’t going to determine the rest of your life. After all, lots of things changed after freshman year, and your first year in the real world is just as confusing, messy, and fun. Luckily, no matter where your sisters end up, you’ll all be going through the same things, and you can turn to them when you need to rant, rage, or vent. Keep in mind, however, no matter who you meet, your sisters will always be the most fun.

Even though everything’s about to change in a major way, you’ll be fine. If you’re struggling you can always lock down a husband. After all, being a trophy wife will allow you to live your college lifestyle forever, but you’ll be having way too much fun to think about settling down. Being a recent graduate means you’re young, hot, smart, and driven. The world is your oyster, which is perfect since you love pearls. So do you, don’t stress, and see where life takes you. You’re just getting started.

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Fleur de Lilly

Fleur de Lilly (@margaretabrams) is a contributing writer for Total Sorority Move and Post Grad Problems. When she's not corrupting her big's baby, she can be found decoding texts, gravitating towards raised surfaces, and spending time with her gentleman caller, Jack Daniels. She loves Lilly, Louisiana, and her lineage.

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