The First Realizations That You're Not In College Anymore
- You're waking up at 6 am instead of going to bed.
- Beers at lunch get you reprimanded.
- College sweatshirts are "casual" instead of dress up.
- Your parents charge rent.
- The four food groups are no longer beer, pizza, chips and cereal.
- It's "getting late" when it's 9:30 p.m.
- Three words: Student Loan Payments.
- You make thousands of dollars a year - and still can't afford that
- You start eyeing the Light Beer Section appreciatively.
- Pickup football games mean that at least one person will be in the
hospital by game's end.
Then And Now
THEN: discussing with your friends: GPA's, spring break plans,
and tonsil hockey;
- Mutual funds, interest rates, and wedding plans.
- Sleeping on the couch is a no-no.
- Naps are no longer available between noon and 6 p.m.
- Sneakers are now "weekend shoes."
- Dinner and a movie - The whole date instead of the beginning of one.
- Pregnancy now brings thought of tax deductions instead of coronaries.
- Jack and Cokes become Dewers on the Rocks.
- The only drugs you take are Tums and Tylenol.
- The weak single you hit in the intramural softball game is now remembered
as a Varsity dinger for the League Championship.
- You get your news from sources other than USA Today, ESPN Sportscenter,
and MTV News.
- Random hook-ups are no longer socially acceptable.
- You wear more ties in a week than you even owned while taking in
- You find yourself reminiscing fondly of 2-hour Calculus exams.
- You empathize with the characters from Friends.
- Metabolism Slowdown!
- Wine appreciation expands beyond Boone's and Mad Dog.
- You actually eat breakfast foods at breakfast time.
- Grocery lists actually contain relatively healthy food.
- When drinking, you say at least once per night, "I just can't put
it down the same as I used to."
- Over 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real
work, not video games.
- You're actually willing to pay a bit more to drink in a bar that's
not full of "21-year-old kids."
- Golf is beginning to seem a lot less silly.