Graduation is when real life starts, and real life is weird.
Used to mean: The place you go back to every couple of months.Now means: Where you inexplicably find yourself living again.
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Used to mean: The thing you agreed to in order to get lots of money!Now means: The thing you agreed to in order to get lots of debt.
3. “Going out”
Used to mean: Something you can do easily, at any time.Now means: Something that suddenly is really, really tricky to organise.
Used to mean: What you avoid doing until you have literally nothing left to wear. And sometimes not even then.Now means: What seems to be getting done quite regularly by your parents instead.
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Used to mean: The massive group of people you always seem to be surrounded by.Now means: People you now only have digital contact with.
Used to mean: Where you live.Now means: Where you’ll never have to go again.
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Used to mean: Probably something to avoid.Now means: Probably what you’ll actually have to do.
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Used to mean: What you expect to get immediately as soon as you graduate.Now means: Something you get only after a really long, protracted process.
Used to mean: What you’ll get in your first job.Now means: Impossibly, what you’ll need to get your first job.
10. “Dream job”
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Used to mean: What you are completely committed to pursuing.Now means: What you might come back to in a few years.
Used to mean: A one-on-one conversation with someone looking to hire you.Now means: A bizarre process involving a large group of people that will almost inevitably end up with you not getting hired.
Used to mean: Getting 2-for-1 on cans of Red Stripe.Now means: Getting someone to actually ask you to work for them.
13. “Waking up”
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Used to mean: 11am. Maybe.Now means: 8am. Definitely.
14. “Hard work”
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Used to mean: 40 hours a week.Now means: 80 hours a week.
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Used to mean: What you occasionally see if you have a very early lecture.Now means: A period when you actually do a lot of your work. Because you are at your job.
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Used to mean: When your loan comes in.Now means: When your actual pay comes in. From your job. That you EARNED.
Used to mean: Crippling restriction on fun.Now means: Less crippling restriction on fun.
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Used to mean: The same as any other day. Because you don’t do much.Now means: When everyone else is off as well and you can plan things!
Used to mean: Being able to wake up at 11am.Now means: Being able to do basically anything because YOU ARE AN ADULT.