22 Realizations You Have During Your First Year Out Of College

Oh, so this is what a starting salary looks like…

1. “Need” and “want” are two very different things.

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The “First United Bank of Mom and Dad” has closed.

2. You’re handed this massive bill WITH your diploma.

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So how long is that grace period again?

3. Knowing how to cook is more important than knowing what the best restaurant around is.

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BECAUSE YOU ARE POOR.

4. Apartment hunting means making major sacrifices.

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So for this price, I have to choose between having a dishwasher or living in a semi-decent area. DAMNIT.

5. 99.9% of the time you can’t be picky when it comes to your first job.

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Just getting a job makes you #blessed.

6. Grocery shopping is actually a challenge, and you wish there was a class on it in college.

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*walks into grocery store and cries from the overwhelming amount of food you don’t know how to cook*

7. Sitting home on a Friday night with Netflix and a glass of wine is more fun than going out and spending your paycheck.

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I DON’T HAVE TIME TO BE HUNGOVER.

8. Your parents will become your best friends, because all you do is call them to ask how to be an adult.

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*Calls mom and dad. Marvels at how they got through life.*

9. And getting in bed by 10:30 is the best feeling in the world after a full day of work.

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*GRANDMA ALERT* It just feels SO GOOD.

10. You thought Girls was fiction, but it is way more true to life than you’re comfortable with.

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It’s a love/hate relationship.

11. Work isn’t too different from school.

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Oh, I still have soul-crushing deadlines?

12. Just because you didn’t meet “the one” in college, doesn’t mean you missed your opportunity.

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But your twenties are for you, right? RIGHT?!

13. “I dont know” will be the most important weapon in your arsenal.

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Like a good condiment, you use it with everything.

14. Hearing, “Your twenties are the best years of your life” makes you feel like you’re doing something wrong.

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Still waiting for the anxiety to go away.

15. Having nights of tear-inducing nostalgia about college is common and normal, but doesn’t mean that the best is over.

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“BUT I WAS SOMEBODY.”

16. The only thing that gets you through your 9 to 5 workday is coffee, even if you weren’t a coffee drinker before.

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It’s really your best friend at the office.

17. The aging process rapidly speeds up after 21.

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Where did all these wrinkles come from?

18. And your metabolism will suddenly slow down.

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Sitting down all day is really a problem.

19. Every time you break something in your apartment, you feel it’s a sign that you don’t know how to be an adult.

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WHERE IS THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL ON LIFE?

20. Office parties are way more awkward than college parties, because everybody seems like they’re in their own comfortable clique.

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Where’s the alcohol?

21. Being post-grad does not mean you know what you want out of life.

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22. It will feel like everyone has their shit together, but in reality you’re all in the same twentysomething limbo.

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LIVE IT UP.

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