1. Cutting friend fat happens way quicker than you thought it would.
You always knew you wouldn't stay in touch with your Wasted Wednesday BFFs forever. It’s not a slow petering out, though. Two weeks post-graduation, you will no longer talk to these girls. And that is fine! Blackout Becky is more than happy to do her out-till-4 a.m. thing with you each reunion. No hard feelings.
2. You’re now chilling somewhere between Young and Old.
As soon as you graduate, there is an immediate transition from "What do you want to do?" to "What is it exactly that you do?" Who decided that, at the ripe old age of 22, you are now responsible for a legitimate and impressive answer to that question?! You are Young, dammit. So you go out to bars and clubs four times a week and realize that it's the worst. And yet even when you feel old from work and rent and other grown-up things, you're really not. This will hit you when your co-workers are talking about music or wine or something you know nothing about. They won't understand how you don't know Ace of Base. (They’re jealous because you’re MiLlenNiAL~*) #foreveryoung.
3. Your hangovers are now 12 times worse.
You knew it would happen, but you thought you had a few good years of rallying left in ya. Well, a post-grad hangover is reality smacking you in the face, so yay.
4. You will be happy to be done with school.
Every "Enjoy it while it lasts!!" you get from an adult induces this very real fear that nothing will be better than your last semester of college. That is absolutely not the case. There is a sense of accomplishment that comes with making it through college. Also, you can never drink from a keg again, if you don't want to!!!
5. Structure is a good thing.
College is a magical place where you can cold pizza at 11 a.m. While binge-watching four TV shows. But now you have to set an alarm clock and actually get up and function. There will absolutely be a point in time when you resent a job that you actually must attend every day, but 97 percent of the time, you will feel like an actual human being with a Purpose.
6. Living at home is not the worst thing ever.
After graduation, you might want to spread your wings and fly--move out of your house, and get a pad of your own. But the reality is, YOU CANNOT AFFORD IT. As much as you dislike living with your parents, you have to suck it out for a while. Being at home is a good thing, because it provides another kind of structure and nostalgia. There is food you didn't make and clothes you (sometimes) don't have to wash. Sometimes you just need to come home after a day in the Big Bad Real World.
7. Cellphone bills are expensive.
Because now mom and dad expect YOU to pay for it. Hassle!
8. But paying your own bills is actually pretty cool.
There is something so validating about having the hard-earned cash to pay for your own existence. You go to work every day! You get paid for it! Go YOU.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor changes have been implemented by Cosmo.ph editors.