Life After College

Life After College

Dumplings or Diapers
Up until I graduated from university, the biggest decisions I've had to make in my life was who my best friend was in grade 5, what I would wear to my senior dance, which episode of Friends...
Here We Go ‘Round
I have a non-interest in numbers. I could never remember my locker combination or phone numbers or historic dates. I self-diagnosed myself as number dyslexic, which is a real problem when I honestly...
Do Not Pass Go. Do Not Collect $200.
I swear my mother had me balancing checkbooks by the time I was six. Forget learning to spell, I was budgeting monopoly money like a pro, owning Pacific Avenue and Pennsylvania Railroad with money to...
Learning to Live on a Budget
I've worked some sort of part-time job since I was 16 years old. My first job was waitressing at a local restaurant, in hopes I could save up enough money to buy my first car. While that job was...
The Look but Don't Touch It Budget
Liz, you're 16 and just received your first paycheck. What are you going to do next? I'm going to Bloomingdales! I'm going to spend this sucker all in one place of course. And I did. I spent...
Budget? What Budget?
Don't you just hate being a grown-up sometimes? (Or at least pretending to be one...) Sure, it's awesome having a lot of freedom and being able to make my own decisions; I can stay up as late...
Feeling the Squeeze
I am a debt-phobic type of a person. In other words, if I bum a couple of bucks off of you for a bottle of water, well…I would never do that, so I don't know what would happen. But I'm pretty...
I'm in Social Limbo
My Facebook news feed is bipolar.Drunken nights, with accompanying photos, are positioned directly above announcements about new babies and purchasing homes. Occasionally there are stories from...
Party Friends
It's weird when I actually sit down and think about who my friends are now that I am no longer in school. When you're in school you have your group, your clique. But now that school is done with and...
Still Learning
I suffered a panic attack the first time I entered a fraternity house.I blamed the blaring rap. The smell of booze and dirty socks. The maze of hallways. I blamed loving my boyfriend back home and...
Extra Baggage
I was dumped in a 40-second phone call.The words my boyfriend -- make that my ex-boyfriend -- used were so cruel that I wondered if he chose them on purpose. Cautiously calculated phrases like "too...
The Chore of Socializing
It's 9:30 p.m. on a Friday night. My iPhone lights up with a text message from my friend Bridget."Hey I'm home for the weekend and we're planning on going out tonight. We're meeting up at my...
Does Stalking Count as Friendship?
Is it me or does my lack of a social life make me look mysterious and alluring? Because that would be awesome.How, exactly, does one make new friends as an adult? Perhaps with a quick "excuse me,...
You Have Zero New Friend Requests
They say that who you choose to surround yourself with can have a great amount of influence on your life. For the most part, I believe this to be true. At a young age, my mother would always say...
Notes From Another Planet
The hot water in my apartment was malfunctioning yet again and it had been a few days since I had taken a decent shower.Two of my old roommates from college had randomly called me that morning to...
8000 Miles From Home
Four years ago, I was fresh out of university and had just made the decision to pack up my life and move 8000 miles from my home in South Africa to Asia, where I would teach English for a year in...
Social Navigation: Re-Calculating, Again
You know that Garmin lady who always seems to say, "recalculating?" Sometimes I just want to throw her out the window because whenever she says that, you're either lost, going to be late, or you made...
Success Adjacent
I did the exact things I was supposed to do in college.I dabbled in things I found interesting while trying to maintain my focus in the major I had chosen, I always made time for an afternoon nap,...
Dreamland
My entire life I wanted to be older.I could not wait to be out of school and an adult in the real world. I always imagined that's when my real life would start. When I'm an adult everything will be...
Imperfectly Grand
I was the rock star of my university's education department.My passion as a future educator impressed my professors; they were the mentors I went to for encouragement, advice, and applause. They fed...