This is a guest post from Melanie at I Love Love, where she blogs about life, love and social media as a young marketing professional and recent grad navigating through Boston one spoonful of creativity at a time!
I’m excited to have Melanie guest blogging for Wicked Good Travel! And I have to laugh at the irony of this post- here I am going back to school after graduating…well lets round down to 10 years ago… of course I don’t think it’s going to be quite like undergrad this time around!
The transition from college student to working woman is a tough one. You go from navigating through frat parties and classrooms to figuring your way around office politics and high expectations. The transition waters can get pretty murky, but with a little bit of time and acceptance, they’ll become crystal clear (whether you like it or not!)
Here are 4 signs that show you that college may be further in the rear mirror than you think. But, the excitement of your career is just ahead, and you’re ready to grasp it.
1) You can’t take advantage of back to school season.
Remember when you used to love going to Staples or Target to find all your school supplies? You’d pick out your notebook colors, new pens and pretty highlighters for all your classes. Now, you breeze by the back-to-school section, watching college friends ask each other the old adage: Ballpoint or regular? You whisper the answer to yourself, and move onto the office supplies section to find the latest stapler.
2) Your interns make you jealous.
If you have interns, that’s the first sign that you’re well into your career. But, the icing on the cake is when your intern talks about their next semester studying abroad or their upcoming class schedule. In response, you say that “those were your glory days.” They laugh and say “how old are you?” Enough said.
3) Your parents don’t magically make things disappear.
Whether you get a parking ticket or make a mistake at work, it’s no longer up to your parents to snap their fingers and make it go away. You deal with the aftermath. You have to take care of all the follow-up steps that your mom or dad used to do for you when you had the excuse of class, exams or the stress of figuring out your future. You’re in the thick of that future, so grab a seat and get comfy.
4) Thursday no longer means the start of the weekend.
The days of 3-day weekends and going out on Thursday nights like you did in college are few and far between. Now, Thursday means it’s almost Friday, which means you think about the errands you have to run and the relaxation you crave. There’s no keg or handle of Smirnoff, rather small get togethers of wine, work gossip and complaints of Monday coming too soon. You’re with mini grownups that are just like you. These are lifelong friends who you get to dive into the real world with, and you wouldn’t change it for anything.
What are some signs you’ve seen that tell your you’re not in college anymore?