Six things you’ll stop doing once you graduate

October 07, 2016
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As a student, you tend to get away with a lot of shit that is totally unacceptable in the real world. While it may be tempting to hold onto the remnants of student life forever, it’s not all doom and gloom. There are some things you’ll stop doing once you graduate that you should make the most of now, but there’s also some post-grad perks to look forward to. Whether it’s for the better or worse, these are the things you’ll stop doing when it’s actually time to start adulting.

Scouting for student discounts

If a shop doesn’t offer a student discount, you’ll take your (limited) funds elsewhere. You have no shame asking absolutely any place if they have deals for students and flashing the student card while you have the chance. Once you graduate, there will be no cheap movie tickets or discounted drinks. It will be totally unacceptable to rock up to the uni bar for their happy hour cocktail jugs and you’ll start to feel super old if you go to nightclubs on student night.

Late night Maccas runs

No hang out with friends is complete without a trip to Maccas for a sundae or a casual midnight cheeseburger on a Wednesday. As friends start to drop off post-graduation and gain ‘real’ jobs, the hang outs change from late night weeknights to a more respectable hour on the weeknight. Look on the positive side – it probably means you can actually start to afford food that costs more than $10.

Pulling all-nighters

You won’t miss that feeling of having an assignment due in 12 hours when you’ve only written your name. Then there are those nights when you feel invincible and kept partying until 6am. That becomes a lot less frequent – you thought you valued sleep now, just wait until you graduate.

Taking daytime naps on a regular basis

You might not have a consistent uni schedule, but the one thing that remains a constant in your life is the regular naps. When you finish uni at 2pm and there’s so many assignments to avoid, napping is usually the best plan of action. Being a student is exhausting business when everyone wants to go out on a Wednesday night and you have a 9am lecture. Once you start the daily nine to five grind, you’ll miss those coveted afternoon naps. Sure you’ll have weekends, but you’ve only got two days – there’s no time for napping! Speaking of…

Spending your weekends locked inside

What is this weird freedom? For the last few years of uni life, you’ve probably forgotten what it’s like to have free time on the weekend. When you graduate, you’ll have your weekends back to do whatever the hell you want and you’ll remember what you’ve been missing. Sure, sleeping in will still be a thing, but so will brunch in the sunshine and classy afternoon dranks.

Avoiding questions about your future

That’s not to say you’ll suddenly have all the answers once you graduate. But when you’re at uni, it’s so easy to avoid putting it off until later. Plenty of time to figure it out, right? Then along comes graduation and the horrible fear that you’re never going to get a job, so you put your slothful self into action. You’ll actually start to think about what you want to do and make an effort to find out what you’re passionate about. It sounds scary, but you’ll stop feeling like a totally hopeless student and start feeling like a (semi-functioning) adult.