We’re all in a hurry to earn our degrees, empty our lockers, burn our textbooks, and not have to worry about making it to that 7:45 a.m. class on time ever again. What we fail to understand is that our time in university is unfortunately short, even if the memories and friends we make there last a lifetime. If you thought Pre-Calc was hard, I wouldn’t be in a rush to toss that cap in the air if I were you. Here's a bunch of things you're bound to experience after graduation.

I Miss My Friends

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Here’s where you have to start making choices about who to toss off the lifeboat. There aren’t enough life vests for everyone, and you don’t need excess baggage in your life anyway. Whether your friends have graduated with you or not, you start seeing them a little less. It’s a sign you’re growing up; you’re either busy with work, finding a job, walking your dog, or staring at your diploma. You used to see each other every MWF as you’d try to light each other’s eyebrows on fire in Chemistry class, now you’re lucky if you can pencil in a weekly coffee date.

Responsibilities Come Rushing In

There are only so many more times you can dance on table tops and wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care before you start feeling old and out of place. You finally got what you wanted, to grow up and take on a whole lot of responsibilities, but sometimes paying for your own car insurance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially if you’re having a hard time paying your phone bill.

Where the Hell Will I Find a Job?

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You re-submit your CV to every possible company you’ve wanted to be employed at and some you've never even heard of. You eventually reach a place of desperation and look back at the times when you thought passing English 101 was the hardest thing you’d ever have to do. Well newsflash: this is the real world, and pops warned you multiple times that a professional nanny degree wouldn't get you very far in life. Sorry dad.

You Visit Your Old University and Reminisce

It’s tough moving on when you've spent the last four years of your life behind those walls, hiding from professors whose classes you ditched, but it’s even harder when you still have friends that are enrolled. You don’t get to see them as often and you’re stuck at your boring 9-6 office job (in the event you've finally found one) while they’re out being young, wild, and free. So, you catch yourself passing by every now and then, just to see a few familiar faces. You’d even be surprised to realize the cafeteria food doesn't taste that bad after all.

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