5 Things To Do After You Graduate College

Amazon / The Graduate
Amazon / The Graduate

1. Move back in with your parents

This may be the most terrifying option, but it also happens to be the most realistic. The first thing you’re going to realize as a post-grad is that life is expensive. Like, just for you to be reading this article right now costs money because you’re probably reading it on your computer, which may’ve been a thousand dollars. You have clean clothes on that had to have been washed. Maybe you’re even lying in bed. Beds are super expensive. But you know what’s not expensive? The rent at your parents’ house. Sure, it comes at the invisible price of freedom and general happiness, but at least you won’t be broke. Maybe your parents are cool now and even go to happy hour. A lot could have changed since you’ve been away. You don’t know! J/K. You do know.

2. Become addicted to drugs

Now is sort of your last chance to get hooked on drugs without it completely derailing your life. And if you’re bored and unemployed, it’s an activity that will take up most of your time and energy. First, pick your drug of choice. It doesn’t even matter if you’ve never even tried it. Just pick something you think you would enjoy and start doing it every day. You have to be super dedicated because certain drugs take longer to become physically addictive. Decide that the next few months will be spent experiencing your “dark place.” Hole up in your room and take drugs, cutting off any communication with the outside world. Minimize your Internet presence so people truly start to worry. Eventually answer a friend’s phone call and tell them you’re just in a really weird headspace right now. Hurt the people you love. Stop tweeting. Have your parents freak out and discuss options for treatment. Explain to them that you’ve just been super sad since graduation and things spiraled out of control. Get sober by the end of the year. Later, refer to the experience as “that one time I randomly got addicted to drugs after graduation.” Everyone will give you a wan smile and change the subject.

3. Consult a psychic

Wander into one of those New Age tarot reading places that’s next to an Applebee’s. Introduce yourself to a woman named Starla Fantasia—a rotund lady with beads dangling from her head—and she’ll take your hands and ask what brings you to her place of business. Say that you just graduated college with a degree in gender studies and things have been pretty bleak. She’ll assuage your fears by rubbing the palms of your hands in a circular motion. She’ll then focus on a line in your hand and make an audible gasp. “What?! Is everything okay?! She’ll respond slowly, “Yesssssss. I just think I’m going to have to do an intensive reading on you. I wasn’t expecting to find this kind of line.” Look at the sign above her head that reads, “Intensive reading: $200.00.” Let out a blood-curdling scream and run as fast as you can.

4. Have a complete identity crisis

You studied writing in college, but, like, maybe you want to go to law school. I mean, you always did love watching Judge Judy. Maybe you’d actually be good at it! Should you take the LSATs? I mean, why not? OK. You’re studying for the LSATs. Oh my god, wait! What the FUCK are you doing? You can’t do law. You wrote your senior thesis on lonely teenagers in Los Angeles. Have you completely lost your mind? Yes. Yes, you have.

5. Don’t apply for jobs

Excuse me, but haven’t you heard of funemployment? Our generation can’t get jobs. It’s like a rule. After you graduate, you’re obligated to do nothing except complain about doing nothing. Gosh, it’s so hard. We’re just victims of horrible timing. I guess you’ll have to spend another day inside watching Reality Bites and totally relating. I mean, you could check Craigslist, but it’s so demoralizing. All of your sudden your body just gets fatigued and your eyes can barely stay open and you feel this pressure rise in your throat. Why torture yourself? You want a job so badly, but…. TC mark

Ryan O'Connell

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Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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  • http://twitter.com/carloshkg Carlos I. Hernández

    OKAY THERE ARE SO MANY GRAMMAR/FORMATTING MISTAKES IN THIS ARTICLE.

    I used to like you, Ryan. Not anymore.

  • http://www.kaitlinmaud.com Kaitlin Maud

    Pretty glad I took none of this advice. I thoroughly enjoy independence. And money.

    • U wish

      pretty glad i understand satire…

  • guest

    i liked it.

  • PINA

    ryan o'connell should get a job. a real one.

  • Guest

    Ugh so much douchey overprivileged tripe. Just get a fucking job you don't like — you're an adult now for the love of god. All of the people you know who didn't go to college had to deal with this five or six years ago, get over yourself.

    • U wish

      LOVE understanding satire.

      • UGH.

        Every time someone outside of the typical Thought Catalog readership (i.e. non-overprivileged douches) respond to anything written on this site, the comment0rs claim they are too stupid to understand the joke. Way to reassert how pretentious you are.

      • Jonny Ross

        Doesn't make his/her obliviousness to satire any less apparent. He/She is basically expressing the same thing as the article does only in a blatantly confrontational, completely humorless/artless way, thus making he/she come off as more of a douche than the author of the article and his “over-privileged” clique. It's the internet. Everything is relative. Love, hate, grab a wank. Whatever.

    • sure

      I would also like to add that a lot of people who didn't grow up overprivileged also go to college. This isn't the 1960s anymore. I work at a college and I've found that pretty much everyone is struggling but still feels entitled. Status is no longer as defined or obvious as it used to be. Therefore, I think a lot more people can understand or relate to this than you would expect.

  • Huh

    Another return to Freshman Week?

  • Philip

    Ryan O'Connell overload!

  • accordionkeyz

    This is a sweet article.

  • http://prjustinne.wordpress.com/ Justinne

    LOL thanks for the inspiration. i can't wait to graduate:/

  • http://prjustinne.wordpress.com/ Justinne

    LOL thanks for the inspiration. i can't wait to graduate:/

  • BettyCam

    I enjoy this site! I enjoy these posts! But I felt this was begged for: http://bettycam.tumblr.com/pos

  • too rude magazine

    amazingly accurate. also consider: prostitution.

  • LMIH

    Hey dipshit, stop using the word 'like'. Horrible writing.

    • Dipshitticus

      I like this comment.

    • Guest

      stylistic choice, man. let it happen. dipshit could have been replaced with “like” for better effect. now you just seem angry.

  • http://unicornprincess.tumblr.com/ Sarasayz

    So excited to graduate in May.

  • Audrey

    fuck… i can't even afford to turn to drugs

  • Sglam

    Whoo! I have numbers 4&5 undercontrol!

  • jane

    Numbers 1 and 5 were SPOT ON.
    I liked it.

  • funemploymentfan

    Currently I'm living the dream on nos. 1 and 5. Typed as I sit in my expensive bed wearing my expensive clothes on my expensive computer.

  • uhnonnymus

    You should move in with your parents and stay there.

  • deadbeatcollegestudent

    Yes, love this!

  • aarondfrancis

    Funemployment isn't so bad. Proof? http://www.funemploymentdaily.com

  • JoJo

    “grad school” should be added to the list. Best way to avoid the real world while also holding yourself above others because of your higher education since the stimulus.

  • Love

    too soon, too real 

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