College may have been the best years of your life, but unfortunately you’ve gotta let go of some of your old habits!
Example #1: When you’re in college, it’s really tempting to stay up late every night and hang out with your roommates until 3am. Unfortunately, falling asleep at your desk at work in the morning also isn’t going to fly with your boss.
When you’re young you’ll probably care a little too much about what other people think of you, whereas when you’re older, you really couldn’t care less what they think.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s totally fine to spend a little extra time on your makeup in the morning sometimes, just don’t let it consume your life. Chances are you’ll look back and wonder why you spent so much time trying to look good and impress other people when you were 22 years old.
In college it’s easy to load up on junk food every day in your dorm’s cafeteria. That’s all going to catch up with you when you’re 30 years old and don’t have nearly as much energy or time to exercise as you did in college.
Learn how to cook and start an exercise regimen that you enjoy and that you actually have time for. It’s better to start healthy habits early!
In college it’s easy to get away with taking a sick day every so often. Your professors quite literally couldn’t care less if you’re not there and you can just get the notes from your friends after all.
In the real world, calling in sick too often could be grounds for getting fired.
This one can be tough, because takeout is delicious, and sometimes you just really don’t feel like cooking at home when your kitchen’s a mess and you’ve had a long day at work. But trust us on this one: Cooking your own food will save you an insane amount of money in the long run, and it’s healthier for you!
When you were 21 years old, it may have been easy to drink eight beers on a Monday night and rally from that the next morning to make it to your 10am class. When you get older and more immersed in your job, that lifestyle is going to get much harder to keep up with.
Let’s be real: Most of us probably tried to pick the late classes senior year so we could sleep in every morning. While you should definitely take advantage of that while you still can, keep in mind that in the real world, you won’t have that luxury. Your boss doesn’t care that you “aren’t a morning person” and you’ll be expected to be on time to work regardless of what hour in the morning it is.
Unless you’ve got some presentation coming up that you’re really stressing about, just generally say no to all-nighters. Again, you’re getting older and your body can’t rally as easily from the harsh things you put it through in college.
You know you don’t drink enough water as is, but drinking water during a night at the bars is going to become even more important now that you’re older, because you’re eventually going to start getting hangovers from hell and you won’t know what to do with yourself. You’ve been warned!
It's not ideal in college, but it's also not a be-all-end-all to your GPA since the lecture notes are often accessible via your classmates. In the working world, however, not paying attention during a presentation will just make you look incredibly unprofessional since you’ll have to ask your coworkers (who were paying attention) what the heck is going on.
It’s easy to fall into a rhythm of only ever talking to people within the 18-22 age group when you’re in college, so you tend to forget that other people outside of that group even exist.
In the working world, you’re going to have to interact with people of all ages on a professional level, even people the same age as your parents (Gasp!). It’s weird at first, but you’ll get used to it.
So you had a wild night last Saturday and you posted a few pictures of it on Facebook. In college, literally no one cares (except maybe you’re grandma). In the real world, however, those photos could end up being the difference between getting that job you really wanted or not getting it.
And always remember to set the visibility on your profiles accordingly!
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