Week 11 often serves as the calm before the storm. The week before everything is due and before exam cramming starts. I use the phrase ‘calm’ loosely, as when everything is due week 12, the week prior is spent crying into your laptop whimpering “fuck this”, as you continue to not in fact ‘fuck this’. At least, that was my experience.
I say it ‘was’ my experience because I actually finished university at the end of semester one. I have tended to write retrospectively to keep up with the all-too-stressed feelings that I know you will be facing. The uni stress I am familiar with – the idea of what I’m actually doing post-uni – less so. Recently, to cement my graduate status, I got my first ever, real-life, proper grown-up job. The thing that seemed so far away as I crawled my way through many week 11s is finally here.
Now that I am here, it is less scary than I expected. I think the unknown of what I was doing after I graduated was the terrifying part. As I got closer to finishing my degree, I couldn’t provide my parent’s friends with a more concrete answer than when they had asked me after my first semester. There are probably plenty of you sitting in the same boat now (hello fellow arts majors). Unfortunately, I am not an oracle, so I can’t tell every single person what they will be doing, however, I can at least tell you about full-time graduate-work life so you know what to expect. I am providing you with the definitive pro/con list of what you are missing and what you will be missing once you enter the grown-up job market.