Why I Didn’t Miss College After Graduation

College was the best four years of my life, hands down. I hated high school and turned it all around in college.

But four years was really all I needed.

In some ways, college felt short. As I put on my graduation cap, it felt like I had just moved into a dorm I hated with a failing relationship nipping at my heels. As I walked to the ceremony with my friends, it felt like I had just been trying to crack open my shell and form those relationships I had heard everyone talking about. As I grabbed my diploma, it felt like I had just been getting lost on my way to class yesterday.

In other ways, college felt long. Because I met a lot of people that were great, but also a lot of people that were awful. I had a great education, but also some very useless classes at very early times. I had learned a lot about myself, but I had learned it the hard way.

In four years, I explored every aspect of myself. I did everything I needed to do to find out who I truly am. It took a lot of time, it took a lot of heart break, a lot of tears and fights. It included a lot of drama that was unnecessary and a lot of long late night talks that were.

When I graduated college, I was happy. I wasn’t sad to leave behind the university that taught me so much. Or the sorority that raised me. Or the professors that guided me.

Of course I would miss living with my best friends when I moved in with my parents. And I would definitely miss sleeping in or even sleeping all day without a care in the world. I would miss having less responsibilities and the ability to have fun all the time – but it’s more nostalgia than it is sadness. It was a good time, but now it’s over. Now it’s time to have different good times.

I dove head first into postgrad life and I couldn’t be happier. I shed my college self skin and found a version of myself that makes me truly happy. I still learn a lot, I still have great friends, and I still sleep in on the weekends. I appreciate everything college gave me, but I don’t miss it at all. You can’t if you look at your new life with positivity, if you give the postgrad life a chance and learn to live it up in a different way. It’s a whole new world waiting for you to explore it.

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16 thoughts on “Why I Didn’t Miss College After Graduation

  1. College was the best 12 years of my life…LOL
    And 14 years after I graduated, I still feel like I’m trying to figure life out. But I don’t do anything the way others do (ahem…12 years to get my B.S.), so I’m okay in the long run!

    Great post and it does bring back some nostalgia!

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  2. This is so true! I still have alot to figure out about myself, college was more of motions and eagerness to breakout lol. But I see all you’ve described and realised that yes it was all that and it was good, but I am glad it over. Thanks for the post

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  3. I am definitely ready for the postgrad life, despite the fact that I keep going back to uni for temporary work positions haha. I have sorted a plan of what I want to do and how I can achieve it, and to be honest I have hardly thought about uni since I graduated. :s Having said that, I did want to go to the black tie alumni dinner as the guest speaker was Sir David Attenborough, but tickets were an extortionate amount. :/

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  4. Some parts of college life were great – I liked that I could wander into classrooms and learn things I’d never thought about but my world has definitely changed a lot since college and I think it’s a change for the better too. And when I want to learn something random now, I just go online. 😀

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  5. I love this post! I’m in my third year and I’ve already started wondering about this. I absolutely love college, but I’m also looking forward to the future and actually being an adult in the real world. Is that weird? Lol

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  6. This made me feel so much more excited for my postgrad life. I’m a senior now and have been absolutely terrified of everything that is coming next and I still feel like I have so much left to do in college but I can’t wait to get out into the “adult” world and see what else life has to offer. Great post!

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