During a run this weekend, it occurred to me that soon I will have been out of college for longer than I was in college.
College went from late-August 2004 through mid-May 2008, so if my math is correct, in another month or so, I will have been an adult for longer than I was a college student.
I was one of those people who really loved college. Maybe not as much as Asher Roth, and definitely not for the same reasons, but it took me a long time to get over graduation.
If I could go back in time and tell late-2008 Meghan just one thing, it would be this: College was great, but the real world is even greater. Here is why.
1. No homework. Sure, sometimes I need to do work at home (like when the Olympic Marathon Trials need to be live-tweeted), but it’s infrequent. Most of the time, when I’m home, I’m free to watch Netflix and goof off to my heart’s content.
2. A regular schedule. I don’t have different things to do on Mondays and Wednesdays versus Tuesdays and Thursdays. I go to work for the same hours every day. It’s a lot easier to incorporate things like exercise and hobbies into my schedule when it’s consistent.
3. Money. If the weekly paycheck from any of my part-time jobs in college ever topped $100, I was ecstatic. (It also meant I took on extra shifts or something. I didn’t work enough to make that much regularly.) Senior year, I remember getting a $20 bill out of the ATM Friday and trying to make it last all weekend. The days of getting my hand stamped at Chuck’s during happy hour to avoid paying the $2 cover charge later are well behind me, and good riddance. (Not that I’m rolling in dough, but I am compared to college me.)
4. Maturity. I’m not rolling in maturity, either–does that even make sense?–but I certainly have a different perspective on things than I had four years ago. I spent a lot of time festering in college, being a generally boring person without interests or passions to speak of. And I like to think I’ve changed that. I’m a lot happier with myself than I was back then. And I’m a lot happier with where I’ve ended up than I ever thought I’d be when I moved here in 2008.