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What's is post-college life like?
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Has it been hard? Easy?

And does paying your student loans bother you?

What is it like at that point of your life and beyond?
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For me it's been changing going to classes from 8am to 4pm and working 5pm to 11pm to now working 8am to 4pm and being able to just relax at home after that. That being said I am still not done with school, just didn't have the money to go this semester.
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It's a slow, debt-filled death. But at least your parents aren't calling and hounding you about money--now your kids call hounding you for money.
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I took option number 3, so I wouldn't know. However, I can tell you enjoy your school years, especially all the high schoolers out there. It's a little rough out there. You also might want to check to see what jobs are out there. A fine arts degree isn't going to get you anything but broke. Really look at what you want to do and work really hard. DO NOT SLACK.
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It's a mixed bag for sure and some people come out of college better than others.

Of course student loans are a driving point and I personally owe something around 80K. So that factors into how you spend money in those first few months after finishing up. The lower the loans the better for you. In my case, and my brother's, I'm essentially trying to be cloistered off so I minimize expenditures and pay off my loans in a 4-5 year timeline. That's also assuming you get a decent job.

The job market varies greatly and even then within each sector there is a wide pay range breakdown for essentially people who do the exact same work. Sometimes you see people doing less work for more money and I'm talking your average entry level position and not executive. It's disgusting but after searching for work for a awhile you kind of settle for the best offer with the most growth potential.

I'm in architecture and you pretty much get what you deserve because of your portfolio. No portfolio is in a way worse. Kind of like no credit is better than bad credit. But the hours can kill.

A lot of the design fields essentially push hours for the completion of a project. So some days you could be working something like 15 hrs and then some weeks might just be that everyday including weekends. Ever seen movies about people in architecture or design fields who kind of forget they have families or significant others. It does actually happen. Sometimes I wonder why bother but it's your career and if you're happy with it you can make it work.

Your social life will definitely change. For me I'm social but I won't bother to remember who you are unless it's forced repeated encounters. I.E. High school, college, work, and etc. People who keep romantic relationships from the end of college onward might not need to look for anyone afterward which is cool. On the other hand people who leave without, ME, have the option of finding someone who works in the same field or relatively closely to it.

So because I'm a designer with a particular client set then I might be repeatedly contracted out by someone who I'll eventually share more social situations outside of business with and then lead to something further. That kind of thing.

I haven't really even had a thought about anything serious happening in the near future. Depressing? Maybe. But you can think one thing and the world may deliver something completely different. Don't get me wrong. All that stress and no play? I'm not trying to stay celibate so even if I meet 1 woman every month that's fucking fantastic.

But because of the nature of the work actually going out to be social is hard time-wise. So it depends on if you're the type of person who likes to go out to relax or the type who needs the comfort of home to relax. For me I'm thankful that I have even 4 great friends who, even if we haven't spoken to each other in months, can just pick up where we last left off and have a good time.

The one thing over everything else is the socio-economic class after leaving college. In college there's so much of a melting pot but in "real life" you start to feel it. I'm poor and worked hard to get where I am but because of where I am the whole psychological aspect gets thrown out of whack. You can't think like a poor person when you work with multi-million dollar individuals but at the same time you can't come home and pretend you're going to "make it rain" when you can barely pay rent, bills, and your loans.

My friend is in NYU Law and I was recently invited to a party. The people there are millionaires. That doesn't mean we can't connect or that they're douchebags, it's just that the way we've been brought up makes us think differently on topics. For one, travel. They each had been to over 10 different countries. I'm like that's cool but I've only been to one other outside of the U.S. and could tell you where to go and who to talk to and use my name as a recommendation, then wondered how integrated did they become with those communities or did they just go because they could.

The point of all of ^this^ and, I'm sorry about it, is that you have to make a few concessions at the start. You take the bad first so you can have the good later. Or so I'm hoping. There's a lot that can be said and I only delivered my experience and I know for sure it's different for others.
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jedcondor wrote:

Has it been hard? Easy?

And does paying your student loans bother you?

What is it like at that point of your life and beyond?



1. Hard.

2. I don't have a job and yes it bothers me.

3. Hell if I know.

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I haven't finished school yet but the the thought of this scares me deeply.
Even though I have goals and stuff for my planned career. I can't really see
myself out of school. It feels like I've been going to school forever. Not sure if
I can handle the whole...."being a grown up, paying bills, and responsibilities" thing.
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21 / M / On the Court
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1.) Easy, It's the work that intimates people.

2.)Scholarships paid for me

3.)I'm going to finish College as schedule if this keeps up.
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Life has been hard but I've been taking it easy :)

It can be overwhelming, but you just have to deal with it one step at a time. Regarding money, you will be comfortable sometimes and miserable other times. Can't have one without the other. It's all part of life. At least if you live in America you will not struggle just to survive.

We are the sum of our experiences and the meaning of our lives depends mostly on the choices we make.
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It's as hard as you make it. I graduated from college in 2004 then went into the Army one month later. After getting medically discharged I started using my degree as an engineer. It's not the greatest job in the world but it provides for my family. I do what I please and buy what I want...what else do I need.
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Posted 11/9/13

Romulus023 wrote:

It's a mixed bag for sure and some people come out of college better than others.




That was a well written, thoughtful post Romulus023. Thanks for taking the time to share it.
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Hasn't been worth it so far. I beg to differ that you won't struggle to survive in America.
Posted 11/9/13

jedcondor wrote:

Has it been hard? Easy?

And does paying your student loans bother you?

What is it like at that point of your life and beyond?




I'd say hard. I got a science degree magna cum laude and employers know I want to pursue a Masters and even PhD in the future. They don't want to spend thousands of dollars to train me just to end up with an employee that leaves after they get more education or even for a school far away. So, I am working normal part time jobs in the mean time.


I didn't have to take loans, thankfully. I know many that are bothered by it, but they work a little at a time and they seem much happier than me having real jobs.


I'm actually pretty okay. I think College was a pretty high point in my life because I can count the number of classes I didn't get an A or A+ in using the fingers on a single hand. After college (and not spending Fridays and Saturdays studying) - I believe I am happier because I temporarily can have fun on those days. I just think it is hard because my friends that did much worse than me have "real jobs" and they question my choices. Social pressures, I guess? That and researching and picking graduate schools to apply for are my main sources of stress right now especially because I know I'll have to take loans for the next degree.
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Hasn't been worth it so far. I beg to differ that you won't struggle to survive in America.


In some places if you beg, people will beat you half to death.
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College was fun, but real life is better. As much as I loved college, I don't ever think I can go back to renting, living with a roommate, or not having income. Actually now that I think about, I didn't really play that much in college- pretty much spent all the time I had studying. I actually have a lot more fun now.
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