For all of you collegiettes™ getting ready to graduate, you’re probably feeling a mixture of emotions. The idea of graduating and leaving the safety net known as your college bubble can be exciting, but at the same time, it’s a little scary. Will you get a job? Will you stay in touch with your friends? How are you going to pay back all of those student loans? But no matter how scary the Real World may seem, there are tons of fun, little perks to look forward once you grab that much-deserved diploma. Here are HC’s top 10 reasons to get pumped for life after college.
1. You’ll never have to wear shower shoes again.
Seriously, how gross are those shower shoes? It’s bad enough having to share a bathroom with an entire floor of girls—not to mention dealing with cold water and getting no water pressure—but the thought of not having to slip your feet into another pair of nasty flip-flops is enough to make your toes sing.
2. No more textbooks. Ever.
They’re big, they’re heavy and they’re insanely expensive. It’s the worst feeling looking at your bank account after the first week of classes and knowing that you are $500 poorer. It’s no fun spending hundreds of dollars at your campus bookstore knowing that you may open that overpriced chem book only once—or maybe even not at all. Can you imagine all of those adorable summer sandals and wedges you can buy with the money you’ll be saving? Plus, without those textbooks, you’ll actually have time to read Tina Fey’s Bossypants for fun (what a novel idea).
3. You can kiss all-nighters good-bye.
Almost everyone has done it. You set up camp in the library, chugged the Red Bulls and set two alarm clocks. Afterwards, you felt so exhausted that you may as well have taken a jet to Tokyo and back. Here’s the good news: you’ll never have to keep your eyes open for more than 24 hours again for the sake of an exam. No more tests, quizzes, projects or PowerPoint presentations to keep you up at night when you should be getting your beauty sleep.
4. Your dating scene just got upgraded.
Do you ever find yourself at a party and wonder why you feel so out of place? Hint: look around. The answer could be simply because you’ve found yourself surrounded by underclassmen boys that look young enough to still be carded at rated-R movies. All of a sudden, instead of feeling like the elephant in the room, you feel like the creepy old cougar in the room that is trying to get with a freshman because you couldn’t find someone your own age. One perk to graduating is that when you head downtown to a party after work, you’re probably not going to be the oldest person there (phew). Another plus: older guys will actually want to date you for the sole reason that they won’t have to introduce you to their friends as “she’s still in college.” Your chances are better at meeting older, more mature guys who are looking for girlfriend material as opposed to a fling.
5. You’ll never have to touch dining hall food again.
Admit it: you’re sick of it by now. The chicken that tastes like rubber, the Lucky Charms that you eat three meals a day and the questionable meat that is served on Taco Tuesdays. Sure, having pre-made meals is convenient, but there’s nothing like moving back home and having Mom’s homemade mashed potatoes or even being able to cook for yourself. Nothing tastes sweeter than knowing exactly what’s going into your food and who’s cooking it.