You graduated. Be it from high school, college or baby food, you’ve worked hard to get to the next phase in your life.
But post-grad life may not be all sunshine and rainbows. With your cap and gown, celebration and gifts come a few harsh realities ...
Reality 1: College is over. Real life begins.
Yeah, yeah — DUH — we know. But when you come home from work only to spend the night getting insurance quotes instead of doing homework, you realize life is different.
Reality 2: Your parents are over it.
Parents may say they’ll miss you and cry when you leave them, but they are definitely throwing a secret party. Yes, we know you’ve been a perfect houseguest for the past 22 years, but they’re ready for you to get out and only come back when you give them grandkids.
Reality 3: You’ve got student loan payments. Lots of them.
Major kudos to you if you graduated with zero student debt. But for most of us, graduating means that we are lucky enough to start paying back loans at the most financially unstable time of our lives …
Reality 4: The job search is not simply “application, interview, accept.”
More like: application, application, interview, application, phone interview, application, application, application, silence, interview, rejection, moooore silence and moooore applications.
Reality 5: You are not alone.
It’s easy to get discouraged. But don’t! Most college graduates don’t have their lives figured out immediately following the ceremony. You can struggle together and encourage one another. It’s a tough world out there.
With that, we definitely recommend reading Adulthood Is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen. Her comics will keep you laughing and thinking, “Me too,” over and over again. She gets the struggle of young adulthood and perfectly illustrates it in this book. Buy it here!
From the bottom of our GoComics hearts, we wish new graduates the best of luck.
You did it!
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