10 Things That Have Changed In Your Post College Life

by Patrick on December 10, 2009


Photo courtesy Flickr user Ed Yourdon

There are times that sheer laziness challenges social norms.

I spent last Saturday night in, trying to recover from Emily’s housewarming party the night before. My lazy Saturday also included an inclination to not cook dinner so I ordered a meal from Moby Dick’s House of Kabobs. The restaurant’s proximity to my house made it a very attractive option (it’s right across the street) and fifteen minutes after phoning in the order I was faced with a difficult decision: whether or not to change out of my PJs to pickup my dinner.

This wasn’t a situation where I was in sweats and a T-shirt, something that could be passable for public appearance. I was wearing sleep pants and a long sleeve shirt that screamed, “I am ready to go to bed and I’ve been in that state all day long.”

As I pondered this important decision I remembered how this wasn’t much of a big deal in college. When I was in college I would walk across the street and eat dinner in my PJs without a moment of hesitation. Some even take it to the next level and just show up to class in PJs. You guys know who you are- don’t lie that you’ve never once did this.

But alas I’m not in college anymore, and I’ve noticed there are things I do now and things that I don’t do now I’m out of college.

1. I don’t dare leave the house in your PJs.

Proper attire required.

2. I don’t go all out in back to back nights.

Back in college the weekend started on Thursday night and you didn’t look back until Sunday morning. Now sometimes I’ll stay in on Fridays because I am too tired from work. More often than not I’ll catch myself saying, “aw man I’m taking it easy tonight- had way too much to drink last night.” They call them weekends of destruction for something- such weekends just destroy me.

3. I don’t leave home without checking the weather.

Do I need an heavier coat? Do I need an umbrella? Actually I never bring an umbrella but I always check the weather when I’m packing for a trip or just going out for the night. I remember the days where I’ll go through wind, rain, snow, sleet, or hail to hit up Hooligan’s.

4. I don’t stay up past 1 AM.

This isn’t a hard and fast rule but I remember nights where 2 or 3 AM was fine since I didn’t have any 8 AM classes, and even if I did I could always nap at 11 AM. Both 3 AM nights and 11 AM naps are long gone in my life. However I still struggle to go to bed before midnight.

5. I’ll never eat Ramen Noodles or Easy Mac ever again.

I mean 4 years on the stuff probably makes most people hate the college food staples.

6. 5 PM is the new Primetime.

Now if it was the weekend you’ll probably leave the house somewhere between 10-11 at night when you go out. Now you often strive to make it til 5 PM to get out of the office and into a Happy Hour. In fact the whole happy hour culture doesn’t really hit you until you have a 9-5 job.

7. I make appointments with friends.

Now that my friends aren’t in constant contact with me, either in classes or down the hall I find myself actually making phone calls, sending e-mails to book time with my friends.

8. I never worried about health care.

I know some friends that still have cell phone bills paid by their parents but one of the things that really pounces on your after you graduate is the realization that you need a job with benefits. I could also use a friend with benefits but that’s another post.

9. I didn’t have friends that were engaged, married, or pregnant.

Sure we all knew that couple in college that were pretty much married, or that girl that got knocked up, but once you get out of school friends get engaged, some get married, and some even pop out some kids. I like to think I’m still too young to see the latter but I’ve certainly seem a lot of the two former.

10. I was never unsure of where I was going in life.

When I was 18 I knew I was going to graduate high school and go on to college. When I was 21 I knew I was going to get a job and move into the city.

Now I’m almost 26 and I have a good idea of what I want to do, but I know that once that quarter-life crisis hits- you are sometimes left wondering.

What has changed with your post college life?

  • http://thepqnation.com/showandtell Jaime

    You hate Ramen?

    You are dead to me.
    .-= Jaime´s last blog ..Today I am… =-.

    • http://www.dmbosstone.com Patrick

      It’s not that I hate Ramen it’s just that I can’t eat it on a daily basis.

  • http://www.whatagrandworld.blogspot.com Rachel

    I’m having one of those post-college moments right now. It’s 9pm, I’m in a coffee shop, I need to stay up to write a paper for a grad class, but I’m concerned about ordering a cup of coffee this late because I don’t want it to keep me up TOO late since I still have to work in the morning. Conundrum indeed.

    • http://www.f-oxymoron.com/ [F]oxymoron

      … back in the day when I used to drink coffee, oh soo long ago ;) … I had this SAME exact problem!!! You can’t just think about finishing the paper, you also have to consider the 8 hours of work the following day, which is much more difficult to skip.

      Patrick – I hear ya on point #7.
      .-= [F]oxymoron´s last blog ..On And Off Again Creative Desiccation =-.

      • http://www.dmbosstone.com Patrick

        Thanks Foxy- it’s like our lives need to be arranged for us to work now. Rachel I know what you are talking about with the coffee- I got back on it during college and now I can’t stop!

  • Diana

    My college experience wasn’t typical in that I worked 20 hours a week to pay for everything and had lots of responsibilities. I have a bit less responsibility now since I only have a 9-5er (and no projects/presentations/papers on top of that), so I probably party more now. And I have 100% free health insurance now, though I had to pay for it my last year in university since I got booted off my parents’ insurance at age 21. A lot of my changes are backwards from other peoples’.

    • http://www.dmbosstone.com Patrick

      Yes it is a little bit different since you live in Canada- I actually thought of you when I wrote that point.

  • Marcos

    1. Def don’t do, barely did in college (only on those lazy daka snow days).

    2. Man, I don’t know the last time I partied like I did in college.

    3. Constantly check the weather now.

    4. I work the nightshift so 1am is a must. Noon is the new 1am.

    5. Never ate ramen in school, easy mac ftw. I definitely order out more than I did in school.

    6. Night shift throws me out of this.

    7. Oh yes, have to schedule everything now. Even when to pick up grocerys.

    8. I still don’t worry about health care too much. Mainly cause I know I don’t have it and probably won’t for a while. Luckily I date a nurse.

    9. I had a few friends like that, no where near as many as I have now.

    10. Don’t even get me started on this one.

    11. Constantly looking for new mini “projects”. From building a hackintosh to gardening lol. Makes me feel like I’m doing something more than working for the weekend.

    • http://www.dmbosstone.com Patrick

      Daka I miss… wait a minute…

      I actually eat less Chinese food too- I miss Tiki Tiki however.

      Great take- thanks for reading!

  • http://liebchen11.wordpress.com Liebchen

    I’m with you on everything but the Ramen. I used to have it all the time growing up, so to me it’s not a college thing, but a comfort thing.
    .-= Liebchen´s last blog ..Ouch, my head =-.

    • http://www.dmbosstone.com Patrick

      Ramen = Comfort Food? Why can I imagine a restaurant throwing this on a menu?

  • http://politicoholic.com Nisha

    Love this post — totally true, and you never realize it before you graduate college that all these things will happen! I definitely don’t miss the EasyMac.
    .-= Nisha´s last blog ..Thoughts on the Afghanistan speech: we can’t afford more war. =-.

    • http://www.dmbosstone.com Patrick

      Thanks Nisha- I’m very excited to see you caught my blog!

  • http://capslove.wordpress.com Dazey

    Love this post! Maybe I’m crazy, but I refuse to walk down the hall in my apt. building in my PJs. I was never one to go to class or leave my dorm or house in PJs before. But I still refuse walking down the hall in pajama pants when there’s a slim chance of seeing anyone anyways.

    Also, I also remember when staying up past 2AM was no probs, but lately I’ve found that if I make it to 2AM, it’s a feat.
    .-= Dazey´s last blog ..Trapped! =-.

    • http://www.dmbosstone.com Patrick

      I’ve been rocking it college style this week staying up til 2 AM every night… and it’s killing me!

  • http://www.suburbansweetheart.com Suburban Sweetheart

    All of this has changed for me, too. Except… I still make easy Mac. It is what it is.
    .-= Suburban Sweetheart´s last blog ..The White House: I Want to Go to There =-.

    • http://www.dmbosstone.com Patrick

      Well, there it is. It’s ok I still there you are kinda cool.

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