10 Thoughts You’ll Have During Your Post-Graduation Meltdown

Congratulations, you’re a graduate! Huzzah! Graduating from high school is so exciting, and it’s a huge accomplishment so you should be really proud of yourself. You worked hard to get here, and now you’re moving on to the next chapter in your life. (Could I sound anymore cliche?) After you come down from the fun of graduation, you might start to freak out a little. Or a lot.

I had a serious post-graduation meltdown about a week after I got my diploma. I was super happy to be done with high school, but reality started setting in. I was going to college in three months. I wasn’t sure if I made the right choice, and I was flipping my lid over being away from my friends and family. This post-grad meltdown is completely normal, and here are 10 thoughts you’ll definitely have during it:

1. Okay. I graduated. Now what?

I think I forgot how to breathe.

2. OMG what if I picked the wrong college?

Did I make the right choice? What if I hate it? What happens if I transfer?

3. What if I don’t even want to go to college?!

College isn’t for everyone!

4. I think I should take a gap year.

I might need time to find myself before figuring out what to do.

5. I’m never going to see my friends again.

NEVER!

6. I don’t know how to live on my own!

I can’t do anything! I’m going to shrink my laundry!

7. That’s it. I’m not moving out.

I’m staying right here. And think of all the time I’ll save by not packing.

8. I feel so OLD!

IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE.

9. How do people go so far away and survive?

Seriously, I told my mom what I wanted from the grocery store this morning.

10. I’m not ready for this, and you can’t make me leave!

I’LL TAKE NO WITH AN EXTRA LARGE SIDE OF NOPE.
 
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  • anonymous

    Holy crap , I’m freaking out. I’m going through some serious Peter Pan Syndrome here, (if I could call it that). I graduated high school almost 6 months ago. But I, unlike everyone else, NEVER wanted to leave, ever and tried savoring each day that I woke up and went to school. I even considered the thought that if I didn’t have enough credit to graduate, then I would get to enjoy another year there (I only didn’t do it because my parents would’ve killed me)… But yeah, I went through everything that was mentioned on the page, but for the entire 6 months. I graduated at 17 because I started a year early and I regret it because I’d rather be an 18 year old high school graduate thats a little more prepared, than a 17 year old college freshman who gets to gloat about being a year younger. Now I’m withdrawn early from college #1 because it sucked, and I’m re-applying for college #2 next year and have too much free time thats mixed with regret, fear, loneliness, and a bunch of high school memories that remind me I’ve lost everything that gave me a purpose and kept my days stable for 4 years of my life just like that. And I’m expected to change what I’ve been doing for 12 years, and try to be independant when I’ve waisted away my last four months of being a minor with literally no credit to show for it, all by the magic of birthdays. I would still be in High School now if I could’ve helped it… I’m going through hell right now. I’m sorry, I needed to let it out.

  • sparklyindigo

    To the first person who commented- Some people really aren’t meant for academics, rather than going to college they might be much better off going out and getting apprenticeships, not going to college doesn’t necessarily mean not getting a job.

  • Louise

    “College isn’t for everyone!” Sorry to be the party pooper, but good careers require a college degree. Not to mention the salary and intelligence gap. Encouraging kids not to go to college is NOT what this country needs. And besides that, college is fun.

    • Caitlin Corsetti

      That’s actually not true at all. I know a lot of people who never went to college with extremely successful careers. I also know a lot of people who still haven’t graduated from college and are just wasting tuition money.

      I loved college and a degree was important for me personally. However, college isn’t for everyone, and it’s really rude to assume that you can’t be successful if you don’t have a degree.

      • Louise

        It’s on them for wasting the tuition money. Their will always be those people. I don’t assume you can’t be successful without a college degree, my mother is living proof. She runs her own Xerox dealership and is a wonderful businesswoman. Her biggest regret? Not finishing college. Not that I don’t think my mother is wise, but she’ll be the first to tell you she isn’t academically inclined and hated school, yet she still says not finishing her education was a mistake. Having a degree can really make the difference. It makes it easier to get a good career, and it makes you more knowledgeable within your field.

        And yes, there are people who should go to trade schools instead, but everybody, who is willing to learn, benefits from an education. High school is not that education. I’m not saying they all have to be doctors, although that should be a seriously considered career, they can open up a coffee shop, train horses, build surfboards, cut hair, I don’t care, but there are still things for these graduates to learn. And college is an excellent place to learn them.