The weeks since commencement are a time of inevitable change for everyone in the Class of 2014. Perhaps you’ve already started a promising career or are working towards one while alternating between tabs of Netflix, LinkedIn, and job search pages, or maybe you’re just biding your time until grad school begins.
Whether you’ve already (begrudgingly) settled back at home or are biding your time until your lease expires and you’re forced to surrender your keys, post-grad life is upon us.
Too many “I can’t believe I’m an alumni” statuses to count.
— Jessica Tully (@jessalynn4) May 11, 2014
It isn’t just Facebook:
You know people are starting to look for jobs when your Linked In requests increase by 50%
— Not Mare-uh (@Mah_rah_) May 22, 2014
After four or so years, it’s time to get used to living at home for longer than a few weeks at a time
My mom had this rule when I moved home that even on days off I had to be out of bed by 9. Apparently the same does not go for her #shesinbed
— Kaitlyn Carrigan (@kaitosaurusrex) May 21, 2014
my dad keeps saying we’re gonna be “BRF’s” this summer (best roommates forever) since Im living at home & wants to plan roomie nights #help
— Bailey Siegel (@b_siegz) May 11, 2014
But this time, you probably don’t need to live out of a suitcase or duffle bag while home.
It’s been almost 3 weeks and I’m still not all unpacked from school
— becca erdman (@iamtheberdman) May 27, 2014
And it’s time to find new ways to occupy your free time:
People watching at indigo might be my new favorite activity. I feel like I should be paying a netflix subscription fee for this.
— Not Mare-uh (@Mah_rah_) May 23, 2014
I just stalked my own Tweets back to February because that’s what graduates do with their free time.
— Liz (@lizdennerlein) May 19, 2014
How long have these people on Degrassi been in high school? Also why am I watching this?
— Stephanie Kerr (@StephMKerr) May 23, 2014
So when is this gonna stop feeling like summer vacation? THIS IS LIFE.
— Maggie McGlinchy (@magsmcglinchy) May 22, 2014
But there are some aspects of Penn State you just aren’t ready to let go of…
Going to bars outside of State College makes me really miss bars in State College
— Ali (@alifogs) May 18, 2014
…or aren’t ready to let go of you:
.@BobMartin I GRADUATED STOP EMAILING ME
— Bill (@bflip33) May 16, 2014
Whether you’re still in State College or home, it’s an emotional time…
— Madeline Chandler (@FeminisMadeline) May 25, 2014
…made worse by tweets like this:
— Onward State (@OnwardState) May 11, 2014
But as you embark out into the “real world,” remember that it’s never too hard to find another Penn Stater:
Me: “I’ve realized there are a decent number of @penn_state alum in Colorado” Mom: “There are a decent number everywhere”
— Darnell Brady (@SpreadHDGFX) May 14, 2014
Regardless of how weird life after Penn State may seem, it’ll all be okay. It may seem bleak come August, but you’ll be back and you will survive post-grad life.
Class of 2014, I’ll see you at the Skeller.