There are people who will tell you university is the greatest years of your life, and to some extent that is true. But for every point in favour of student life there are three against it. To take the fear and dread out of the transition from studenthood to graduate life here is a list of all the reasons graduate life is much better than university.
In the adult world, labour is exchanged for money. You work, you get paid. No pulling all-nighters for no reward. And if you work a nightshift you get paid more!
With your hard earned cash you can buy nice things before they go into sale, eat at nice restaurants where they have hors d'oeuvre and table service not bottomless refills, and you can buy branded alcoholic drinks. No more ‘St. Louis Spirit’ it’s Southern Comfort all day for graduates.
Once you get over the frivolities that come with a constant flow of replenished money you can even start saving. To make the most of your new savings read the Student Money Saver guide to graduate bank accounts.
You don’t realise how much you have missed sleeping until graduating. If it isn’t housemates on different body clock making noise at all hours of the night and hosting raucous parties, it’s the communal fire alarm being set off at 3.17am three times a week. You ghost through university on an average of four hours sleep a night and never notice that you are constantly exhausted. Trust us you will welcome the warm embrace of a 10.30pm bedtime.
No more awful housemates
The best thing about being a graduate is that you are no longer obliged to live with other people. You can if you want to, but they are the people you chose, no randomers there to make up numbers. You can live completely alone if you want! No dishes left to mould by others, or washing machines filled with lime scale and damp clothes.
The pressure is off…mostly
A lot of your time at university involves functioning under an incredibly high level of stress. Deadlines pile up, essay answers and the fear of tests swim around your brain on a daily basis. All the while people are constantly judging you on your choice of degree subject, your likelihood of getting a first and whether you will amount to anything after graduating. You say you have a 2:1 in Beatles Studies at your bank job no one bats an eyelid. Yes, you might feel a bit of pressure when your relatives ask “so, what’s next?”, soon after graduation. But, at least this can be easily waved away with some vague “job hunting” type remarks. Plus, once you do land yourself a job, even if that it’s a part-time bar job, people tend to completely stop asking the annoying questions.
One of the all time best parts of leaving University is that clocking off is a thing. When it hits Friday 5pm you walk out of work and it is done for the whole weekend. You don’t have to scramble to finish things or juggle your day job and studies.
Finally you have the funds and the ability to go on holiday or travel. Your 20s is the best time to explore the world, soak up the culture and meet new people. Whether you work for a few months to save for a great adventure, or you use this new thing called ‘a weekend’ to do some city breaks, get out there and see what the world has to offer. For some travel inspiration check out Wanderlust.