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Acceptable in College. NOT In the Real World

You could say that we’ve been living inside of a small bubble…a bubble where the rules for what’s socially acceptable are a tad lenient. We’re able to get away with much more than we normally would because we’re in college. But once we leave our days of all-nighters, ragers, and hangovers behind, there’s nothing but the cruel, real world ahead of us. And some of the crazy things we do in college will no longer be acceptable. Check out a few examples below.

1. Using Empty Liquor Bottles for Decoration

We’re accustomed to seeing our peers’ windows and cabinets lined with empty bottles left over from last night’s gathering. But you’re going to have to invest in some real décor after college. Otherwise you may run the risk of looking like an alcoholic.

2. Rolling Out of Bed and Being on Time

After college, those days of stumbling out of bed at the last possible minute and making it just in the nick of time aren’t going to cut it. The real, adult, working world will require a little more effort from you. Besides, everything is not going to be conveniently located for you on one strip like Comm Ave.

3. Going Weeks (months, a year, even!) Without Cooking

The real world doesn’t have meal plans. Or, convenience stores that accept convenience or dining points where we can easily load up on junk food. It may be painful at first, but you’re probably going to have to turn on a stove in your post-college days.

4. Midday Naps

Enjoy waking up around noon, only to follow that up with a midday nap. Sorry to break it to you, but it probably won’t be acceptable to bail on your 9-5 to go home and take a three-hour nap.

5. Wearing Workout Clothes Any and Everywhere

As comfy as they are, sweats and work out clothes all day, every day, for any occasion won’t be acceptable either. You’ll need to save your workout gear for the gym (if you actually still go) and give your “real” clothes a try.

6. Begging Your Parents for Money

Obviously we’ll be milking our parents as much as we can while that’s still an option. But sooner or later, you’ll be expected to “make it on your own”. That’s what real adults do in the real world.

7. Grocery Shopping From Drug and Convenience Stores

CVS and CityCo are not real grocery stores. To cook those “real” meals that require a stove, you’re going to need to spend some time in a supermarket.

Summer is a Boston University graduate ('15) that received a BS in Journalism with a concentration in magazine journalism. Her interests include editorial design and lifestyle, fashion, and beauty content, as she aspires to be a fashion magazine writer and editor. She is currently a fashion and beauty writer for Bustle.com and previously served as a Campus Correspondent for Her Campus Boston University. Summer likes to think of herself as a lipstick enthusiast and smoothie connoisseur, so when she isn't writing for Bustle, you could probably find her sipping on a strawberry-banana smoothie and planning her next purchases at Sephora. Follow Summer on Twitter @SummerArlexis
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