8 Depressing Truths About Life After High School

If you’re a high school senior, you probably have a serious case of senioritis already. It’s almost spring break and you’ve probably heard back from some colleges already, so when it comes to you paying attention in class? Forget it. You just know that life after high school is going to be awesome and there’s no stopping you and your daydreams from eating up all of your brain space! Well, I hate to break it to you, but it might be time to come back down to earth because life after high school can be depressing AF. Life after graduation isn’t always so awesome and the realities of dealing with it can really get you down.

Either way you slice it, you’re bound for a little bit disappointment. If you’ve had a good high school experience, life likely won’t be a continuation of the popularity parade you’ve enjoyed for four years. If you’ve had a less than stellar high school experience, your life isn’t guaranteed to turn itself around the way that you’ve been guaranteed by everyone who tells you it’ll “get better” eventually. This doesn’t mean that your life won’t rock after high school–there are a lot of ways that life gets better after you graduate, too–but it’s best not to get too carried away with whatever post-grad fantasy you have going on right now. So, check out these depressing truths about life after high school here:


This Is The Last Time Your Friend Group Will All Live In The Same Place

Even if you stay best friends with your high school besties, once you all go to college, that's pretty much the beginning of the end. Not in terms of your friendship, of course, but in terms of you all not being long distance from each other. There's no guarantee where you'll end up after college or that you'll even want to live in the same place as each other afterwards. This doesn't mean that you have to stop being friends, but you all assembling as a group being an easy, every day thing is about to be a thing of the past.

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Most People From High School Will 100 Percent Forget Who You Are

You know how you more or less know everyone's first name, last name, and whereabout they live in town right now? I promise you in three months after graduation, half of that information is going to magically leave your brain and by the time you graduate college, you'll forget all about them. But, I hate to break it to you, people will forget you, too. And that's okay. Life isn't supposed to be high school for the rest of your life, so it's natural that people move on, even if that's without you.

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Your Casual Friendships Will Fall By The Wayside

Those low-maintenance friendships that are actually super important to you might not last too long. If the foundation of your friendship is being in the same creative writing class, when that suddenly isn't there anymore, you'll actually have to put effort into maintaining this friendship. You'll be surprised how many of these kinds of friendships you have until you try to keep up with all of them and realize that it's wayyyyy too many people to keep in touch with. This is a natural part of growing up, but it doesn't mean it isn't totally depressing.

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No One Cares About What Classes You Were In Or What Grades You Got After High School

Yeah, that thing you've been working so hard on and the grades you wear like a badge of honor, what you maybe stress about the most... doesn't count for anything anymore, at least once you get into college. Nobody cares what advanced placement classes you took, what your SAT scores are, what you wrote that long term paper about, or how smart you were in high school. Twelve years of education and now you have to start over at square one? Sounds about right. Sorry, dudes.

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You And Your High School Sweetheart Will Probably Break Up

Even if you promised to be together forever and ever and that you won't grow apart, you'll grow up together there's no way you can guarantee that. Most high school couples I knew broke up sometime during freshman year. Some people make it! And that's fine! Just know that they beat the odds and that they're the exception, not the rule. Losing your first love and that first big break up are going to suck the most, but you can't say we didn't warn you.

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There's Little Practical Application For Most Of What You Learned

I'm not dissing what you learn in high school at all, you're learning these things for a reason and they're undoubtedly making your brain stronger and prepared for college, but I'm not going to pretend that I'm using anything I ever learned in biology class in my everyday life. The most complicated math you'll ever use as a grown up, if you don't work in a math-related field, is splitting the check after a large group dinner. Unless you're going to pursue a job in that field of work, you aren't going to use it as often as your teachers say you're going to... unless you attend tons of trivia nights and want to win all of them.

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Bringing Up High School After You Graduate Is Going To Sound Awkward AF

You know how adults sound when they bring up "the good old days" when they were young and how awkward and try-hard that sounds? Well, congratulations, that might be you as well if you're not careful! I know tons of awesome stuff happened in high school, but you have maybe a few years of being able to bring up those anecdotes constantly without it becoming both awkward and depressing. It basically says that nothing else interesting happened in your life since then and that you're trying to live in the past. Sorry!

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Life Isn't Going To Be Like Anything You Think

You might think you're being realistic about your expectations, but trust me, you're still being too much of an idealist. Paying off your student loans is really easy in theory because *of course* you'll have a job and living situation that gives you an extra $500 to kick every month. Yeah, no. Not that easy. Nothing is as easy as you think it's going to be after high school. Soon you'll realize no one (seriously, including your parents - NO ONE) knows what the hell they're doing and we're all just trying our best and that in itself is depressing as hell.

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Which one of these things happened to you already? Are you convinced this isn’t going to happen? Why not? Let us know in the comments!

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