College students have a knack for napping pretty much anywhere – on park benches, in the library, in the back of a classroom... You get the idea. But once you graduate, you can't just nap anywhere and everywhere, and you especially can't nap at work (unless your company is really hip and allows that).
You're a real adult now. Time to make sleep an actual priority.
You pulled a lot of late nights in college. Every college student did. But you better kick that late night coffee habit as quickly as possible once you enter the real world, or else you'll be spending a lot of time napping in public. (See Slide One for reasons why that's no longer acceptable.)
There's something weird that happens on college campuses – girls adopt UGG boots like they're part of the college uniform. Sure, they're comfy, warm and convenient, but your UGG boots shouldn't leave campus. Once you graduate college, it's time to graduate to real adult shoes.
When you were in college, you rolled out of bed in the morning, threw on a sweatshirt and walked to class. That was fine, because at least half of your classmates also showed up in pajamas. Once you graduate, though, you should keep your pajama time restricted to your home.
In college, you could wake up feeling like death and just decide to skip your classes that day. Who needs ECON 101 anyway? But that's not so in the 9-5 world. You've got to handle your hangovers like an adult – throw on your sunglasses, chug some Gatorade and avoid your peppy coworkers at all costs.
The younger you could handle crappy alcohol, because your body was freaking invincible. Once you graduate college, though, your body will revolt against any and all cheap booze, so it's best to stay away from it in the first place. Plus, you have a steady paycheck now. What are you doing buying plastic handle vodka?
You're living in a real apartment now, not a dorm or a frat house, so you can't throw massive ragers that will piss of your neighbors, destroy your apartment and get you evicted. If you want to have a crazy Friday night, well, that's what bars are for.
Yes, every college student has a steady supply of instant ramen on hand. But that should change once you graduate, because 1) Instant noodles have no nutritional value and 2) You are making actual money and therefore should eat actual food.
Sure, maybe your office has a cafeteria, but that food is higher quality than college cafeteria food. When you graduate college, you should no longer eat like a college student. Learn how to cook a few meals on your own. Your mom will be impressed!
When you turn 21, the thought of buying your drinks at a bar all night is a bit appalling. Wait. How much do I have to pay to get a good buzz?
So chances are you learned how to sneak some booze into bars, and you may have saved a nice chunk of change doing that. But when you're an adult, fishing a flask out of your pants while at a bar isn't ingenious – it's tacky.
Your parents are on speed dial for a reason – they know a lot of things. Like when to take your car in for an oil change or how to make a doctor's appointment. I know it's hard, but once you're out of college, your life is officially your responsibility. So no more calling Mom and Dad for every little thing. (But still call to say you love them!)
We had it good in college. You could play hooky every now and then and get away with it – your professors didn't take attendance, anyway. The "real world" doesn't work that way, though. You've got to show up for work, or else... Well, you paid too much money for a college degree to be unemployed.