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25 Struggles You’ll Feel the Summer After You Graduate College

The commencement ceremonies have ended, the celebrations have come and gone and it’s finally time to face reality: college life is over. Even though it’s summertime and you shouldn’t have a care in the world, you do. In fact, you have a whole list of worries. Mostly surrounding the fact that you actually have to become a functioning member of society and are slowly realizing you have no idea how. Welcome to the 25 struggles you’ll have the summer after you graduate college.

1. Crying a little every time you realize you’re no longer a college student

What do you mean college is over?

2. Seeing all the upcoming seniors complain that they have so little time left

You have NO idea.

3. Moving out of your place and being forced to relive your most precious college moments

*Sobbing* And there’s the table where we ate pizza every Saturday at 3 a.m.

4. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms from your roommates a week after you leave

Can we just live together forever?

5. Finding a job

Can I just not?

6. Buying a new wardrobe for that job

Bye-bye crop tops, hello button-downs.

7. Trying to figure out what “adults” wear out

Am I allowed to show my midriff anymore?

8. Trying to figure out how “adults” act

So, did you see the evening news last night?

9. Deciding where you want to live

Maybe somewhere I don’t have to live in a cardboard box?

10. Finding a new roommate(s)

Looking for non-psychos.

11. Splitting costs of everything with those roommates

Venmo for days.

12. Making new friends

Please like me.

13. Realizing you’ll never find drinks as cheap as they were in college

Do you have anything for less than $5?

14. Figuring out what a 401K is

Please tell me why I have to worry about retirement right now.

15. Setting up a savings plan

This is going to take some practice.

16. Trying to learn about all the necessary life skills they never taught you in college

Did I miss the lesson on how to fill out a W-2?

17. Paying for actually everything

Yay, I got paid! And…there it goes.

18. Dying a little inside every time you look at your student loans

Remind me again why I have to pay all this?

19. Slowly losing the ability to party as often as you used to

I need more sleep.

20. Getting a hangover basically every time you drink…

This never used to happen.

21. …then taking a full day to recover

My rallying abilities have seriously declined.

22. Realizing you can’t skip work like you skipped class

I just can’t today.

23. Being forced to be productive every weekday

This 9-5 thing is getting kind of old.

24. Being separated from people who have been in your life for years

Why does this have to happen?

25. Pretending you actually have this whole adulting thing figured out

I have no clue what I’m doing.

Rachael David is currently a senior at Penn State University and serves as the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus Penn State. She is majoring in public relations and minoring in psychology. Her love of creative writing and all things Penn State is what inspired her to become a member of the HC team in the fall of 2013. Her background experience includes working for the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Penn State as a social media intern in the spring of 2014 and is currently working as a social media intern for an internet marketing company in Harrisburg called WebpageFX. This past summer she also served as a PR intern for Tierney Communications. Rachael enjoys anything media related especially catching up on her favorite shows, including Saturday Night Live and any show on Food Network. She has a passion for food but also loves being active and spending her free time running or hiking. She hopes to gain more experience in all aspects of the media industry during college and plans on pursuing a career writing for a life & style publication in the future.