I would like to clear up a few myths about life after college so that everyone understands exactly what expect once you are finished with assignments, papers and finals.
Myth #1 Now that you work full time and have begun your "career" you're instantly made of money. It actually is quite the opposite. In my case I have less money than when I was in school. Your income increases but your expenses double. Graduates are still in the "have to think twice about whether you can afford going to the cheap movie theater" boat.
Myth #2 You have oodles of time to do all those things that you kept saying you would do once you got out of school. There isn't a working person that believes this because it isn't true. Most of the time you don't leave the office until after 5:00 putting you home around 6:00, once you have had dinner and sufficiently unwound from the day it is at least 8:00. If you are like me then you are lucky if you have energy to do anything else and you are ready to go to bed by 9:00. So your oodles of time consist of the weekend. Sound familiar? That is right it is just like when you were in school except when I was in school I had more time during the week to do things. Oh and by the time you get off work everything is closed anyway!
Myth #3 Your job will be everything that you ever dreamed of. If your like me you have great visions of being a professional, working in the field and making a difference. As much as I am sure that this is true at SOME POINT in your career it doesn't always occur right off the bat. Most of the time your job is not very glamorous and sometimes going to work isn't fun.
I hope that I haven't shattered too many dreams but this is reality people. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of great things about being done with school (particularly no homework or tests) and I really am happy, I just wish someone would have warned me that I was going to be just as broke as I was before, I wouldn't have any extra time, and that I wasn't going to be ruling the board room. Be informed. Share the truth.