Grad Life: 5 completely terrifying but actually normal things that happen after uni

You thought starting uni was the terrifying part? Well think again. Now you’ve graduated, the real horror-show begins (but not really).

If, like most people, you judge whether you’re on the right path by the progress of your peers and friends, then we’re betting you’re going to be pulling your hair out in terror over the first year or two after university. But you needn’t!

There are some pretty scary grown-up kind of things that start happening in that time, but take it from us, they’re actually really normal and not out of the ordinary.

Here are five of the most terrifying, de-bunked.

1. Four weddings and no funerals (thankfully)

Okay so this is perhaps our least favourite. After graduating you’ll start to notice some of your more couple-y mates (needy or happy? You decide) start to get hitched.

This can trigger alarm bells in most of us, but it shouldn’t. Instead, the party klaxon should sound!

Free food and drink, the chance for a dance and an entourage of friends old and new is no reason for a breakdown. Besides, even if you’re worried you’ll never be in the marriage hot seat, divorce rates are quite high these days so…. (sorry, not sorry).

2. From homework to chores

Those weekends and late nights you used to spend locked up in the library are now over. Hooray! Except instead of homework, you now have to make time for household chores like cooking, laundry and cleaning the flat.

Alternatively, you could just not do them and live in a hovel. It’s up to you.

3. The Social Net-work

Gone are the days of your Facebook wall being plastered with less than admirable club snaps of you in your least employable state. Now social networking turns into professional networking.

Profile pics get swapped for side-on portraits of you grinning inanely, LinkedIn becomes your homepage and heaven forbid you tweeting drunkenly on the bus home.

4. Woops-a-baby

This is possibly the least ‘normal’ of the five, but has anyone else noticed how babies keep popping up on their timelines, and they’re not nephews or nieces.

Don’t worry though, these are the extreme anomalies, so don’t feel like you’re on some kind of birth-driven stopwatch with a finite time period, because you aren’t. Who wants their TV remote full of teeth marks and encased in a film of drool anyway?

5. What do I want?

This is the big’un people, the great cahuna, the wild wonder. What exactly do you want out of life?

You’ve spent the last three years (four if you went abroad) trying to find out who you are exactly; and if you managed to succeed somehow (lots of us still haven’t) then post-grad life turns into a struggle to configure exactly what you want.

Prioritisation becomes the new self-discovery as you attempt to balance your work and social life. It is comforting though to know that so is everyone else. We’re all equally lost in the big wide world, which is nice isn’t it?

Now what?