Where Noelle Goes, Noelle Nercessian
My face says it all, right? 
I finished college, diploma in hand (well, in a frame, on the wall) three months ago, and let me tell you, post-grad life is not all it's cracked up to be. Yeah, I read countless blog posts and articles warning me of the harsh realities that follow graduation, but I chose to think that all those people were dramatic, and that post-graduate life couldn't possibly be that horrible. I thought, and was wholeheartedly convinced, that there was no way I would miss taking classes, sitting through lectures, writing essays and studying for tests when compared to the post-graduate world of making money and gaining independence. Sounds so glamorous, right? 

I made the decision to graduate a term early from my university. At first, I didn't even mean to finish early, it just kind of happened that way with my schedule, and then the more I thought about it, the more excited I was to be finishing school. In my mind, the idea of working a mediocre job to save my money sounded much more reasonable (and responsible) than paying to take classes, especially when I was just so over it all. What I forgot to account for was, well, a lot of things. Here's what I wish I would have considered before graduating early...

You Will Be Working All Day, While Your Friends Only Have Two Classes Per Day

I had a pretty beautiful schedule my last year of college, and it was also never that bad throughout the other three years. I often only had one or two classes a day and almost always had Fridays (sometimes also Mondays) off. I forgot to account for just how long a work day is. How does one forget such a thing? Denial, I think. More like ignorance, though. 

Waking up to get to an 8 a.m. class twice a week was always hard, but waking up to start a work day at 8 a.m. is way worse. The difference is that usually when I had an 8 a.m. class (which wasn't often anyway) I would probably have the whole rest of my day free after. Offices doesn't work like that. You have to get up to be in by 8 and you have to stay there all day. By the time you're done at work, you're probably tired, grumpy and more than likely having visions of your bed and Netflix. This makes it really hard to be social. I regret not pushing through this better and making more of an effort to spend time with my friends. I seem to have forgotten that this was their spring (and fun) final term of college, and I wish I would have been able to enjoy it with them. 

You're Starting Adulthood Before You Really Have To

This one is obnoxious and probably only relates to those who have very supportive parents, but nonetheless, I started being an "adult" sooner than I really needed to. I get it, I am 22 years old and I should be accepting responsibilities and yada yada, but the reality is that if I were still taking classes and living as a college student, I wouldn't need to quite yet, because my parents are awesome and fully supported me through my studies. Why didn't I take advantage of living a cushy life for one more term? Great question, I ask myself that every time I have transfer the near entirety of my paycheck into savings and buy groceries with the remaining $50. 

It's not that I don't still have support from my parents, because they still help a lot, but now that I'm making my own money, there is a level of responsibility that is now expected of me, and quite frankly, it's boring. 

You're Living In A Weird Limbo 

To say that I am in a weird transition phase of my life is an understatement, but I am living in a weird transition phase of my life. I'm half into the working world and I'm half into the college world. I spend my days working but the rest of my life is still revolved around college. I live on campus, every single one of my friends has still been in school, I go to the college bars (rarely) and then I switch over to driving to work to reach a completely different world. Did I say it's weird enough? It's WEIRD. To say I have a lack of identity is dramatic, but it's how I've been feeling. Until I leave for Spain in August, I believe this is just how it has to be.

You WILL Miss Classes

So mad at myself for this one. I can't even count how many times I said that "I am so over taking the same classes over and over again." While this was true, because towards the end there I was essentially taking the same two types of classes over and over again, I miss learning new things and asking questions and investigating interesting topics. I miss sitting in a classroom and getting genuinely excited about the topic being discussed. I'm bursting with anticipating to start teaching in Spain because I am excited to start learning again, though not in the same style or capacity, I will be back in an environment for learning, whatever that may mean. 

It's Not All Bad

The bright side of graduating early is that yes, you will probably start saving money and start living a more responsible life earlier than your peers. In the long run, I know that there will be moments when I will be very grateful for working and saving money before arriving to live in a foreign country, especially considering that I am moving there a month before actually receiving a paycheck. I think if someone is making the decision to graduate early, or even if you're not graduating early and you're simply making the adjustment into the real world, I encourage you to deal yourself a very crucial reality check. Gone are the days of having classes only twice a week and drinking too many vodka sodas on the weekends (though, you could still do that, I suppose)... and here are the days of reality. Enjoy the relaxed life while you have it folks!

I'll end that I am very much so looking forward to my adventure in Spain, and I am sure that I will look back at this phase in my live and laugh at myself for being so silly and dramatic. For now, I am keeping on and figuring out my life in this newfound world! 

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So You Graduated College Early... What Were You Thinking? The Realities of Graduating College Before Your Peers

Where Noelle Goes, Noelle Nercessian
My face says it all, right? 
I finished college, diploma in hand (well, in a frame, on the wall) three months ago, and let me tell you, post-grad life is not all it's cracked up to be. Yeah, I read countless blog posts and articles warning me of the harsh realities that follow graduation, but I chose to think that all those people were dramatic, and that post-graduate life couldn't possibly be that horrible. I thought, and was wholeheartedly convinced, that there was no way I would miss taking classes, sitting through lectures, writing essays and studying for tests when compared to the post-graduate world of making money and gaining independence. Sounds so glamorous, right? 

I made the decision to graduate a term early from my university. At first, I didn't even mean to finish early, it just kind of happened that way with my schedule, and then the more I thought about it, the more excited I was to be finishing school. In my mind, the idea of working a mediocre job to save my money sounded much more reasonable (and responsible) than paying to take classes, especially when I was just so over it all. What I forgot to account for was, well, a lot of things. Here's what I wish I would have considered before graduating early...

You Will Be Working All Day, While Your Friends Only Have Two Classes Per Day

I had a pretty beautiful schedule my last year of college, and it was also never that bad throughout the other three years. I often only had one or two classes a day and almost always had Fridays (sometimes also Mondays) off. I forgot to account for just how long a work day is. How does one forget such a thing? Denial, I think. More like ignorance, though. 

Waking up to get to an 8 a.m. class twice a week was always hard, but waking up to start a work day at 8 a.m. is way worse. The difference is that usually when I had an 8 a.m. class (which wasn't often anyway) I would probably have the whole rest of my day free after. Offices doesn't work like that. You have to get up to be in by 8 and you have to stay there all day. By the time you're done at work, you're probably tired, grumpy and more than likely having visions of your bed and Netflix. This makes it really hard to be social. I regret not pushing through this better and making more of an effort to spend time with my friends. I seem to have forgotten that this was their spring (and fun) final term of college, and I wish I would have been able to enjoy it with them. 

You're Starting Adulthood Before You Really Have To

This one is obnoxious and probably only relates to those who have very supportive parents, but nonetheless, I started being an "adult" sooner than I really needed to. I get it, I am 22 years old and I should be accepting responsibilities and yada yada, but the reality is that if I were still taking classes and living as a college student, I wouldn't need to quite yet, because my parents are awesome and fully supported me through my studies. Why didn't I take advantage of living a cushy life for one more term? Great question, I ask myself that every time I have transfer the near entirety of my paycheck into savings and buy groceries with the remaining $50. 

It's not that I don't still have support from my parents, because they still help a lot, but now that I'm making my own money, there is a level of responsibility that is now expected of me, and quite frankly, it's boring. 

You're Living In A Weird Limbo 

To say that I am in a weird transition phase of my life is an understatement, but I am living in a weird transition phase of my life. I'm half into the working world and I'm half into the college world. I spend my days working but the rest of my life is still revolved around college. I live on campus, every single one of my friends has still been in school, I go to the college bars (rarely) and then I switch over to driving to work to reach a completely different world. Did I say it's weird enough? It's WEIRD. To say I have a lack of identity is dramatic, but it's how I've been feeling. Until I leave for Spain in August, I believe this is just how it has to be.

You WILL Miss Classes

So mad at myself for this one. I can't even count how many times I said that "I am so over taking the same classes over and over again." While this was true, because towards the end there I was essentially taking the same two types of classes over and over again, I miss learning new things and asking questions and investigating interesting topics. I miss sitting in a classroom and getting genuinely excited about the topic being discussed. I'm bursting with anticipating to start teaching in Spain because I am excited to start learning again, though not in the same style or capacity, I will be back in an environment for learning, whatever that may mean. 

It's Not All Bad

The bright side of graduating early is that yes, you will probably start saving money and start living a more responsible life earlier than your peers. In the long run, I know that there will be moments when I will be very grateful for working and saving money before arriving to live in a foreign country, especially considering that I am moving there a month before actually receiving a paycheck. I think if someone is making the decision to graduate early, or even if you're not graduating early and you're simply making the adjustment into the real world, I encourage you to deal yourself a very crucial reality check. Gone are the days of having classes only twice a week and drinking too many vodka sodas on the weekends (though, you could still do that, I suppose)... and here are the days of reality. Enjoy the relaxed life while you have it folks!

I'll end that I am very much so looking forward to my adventure in Spain, and I am sure that I will look back at this phase in my live and laugh at myself for being so silly and dramatic. For now, I am keeping on and figuring out my life in this newfound world! 
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