College Grads: Why You Need To Put Down The Bong And Pick Up The Briefcase

by Lyndsay Reyes

Post-college life is filled with disappointments, stress, and a plethora of your mom's cooking. The probability of finding a job straight out of college is equivalent to the possibility of Miley not twerking... slim to none. You can pray all you want, but it's just not going to happen.

While many men assume that their bachelor's degree will throw them into the position of CEO after an internship, they seem to forget that a lot of hard work, time and dedication plays large part in that placement. The post-college blues kick in, with a side of high school nostalgia, and before you know it, you're sitting in your friend's basement passing a blunt and eating McDonald's. So much for those four years of college, huh?

Putting down the bong and picking up the briefcase is a step down that CEO road, which you so unfortunately have to work your ass off for. There comes a time that, although finding a job isn't going to be easy, the first thing you have to do is smarten up and realize that your parents didn't just spend thousands of dollars for you to continue your 17-year-old life after graduating.

You're in your 20s; it's time to act like it. Don't use the inevitable disappointment of being unemployed to justify getting high with your buddies every night. And definitely don't let it justify those pounds you're gaining from the munchies along the way.

Of course, everyone wants to role-play the “That 70's Show” basement gatherings, but those days can only be enjoyed for so long. You're in the real world now. Get your ass off of mom and dad's couch, and step out into society with a smart head on your shoulders.

Who cares if your friends are all turning back into brain dead bums? Get yourself a nice suit and apply everywhere you possibly can. No lady wants a "man" who would rather buy her dinner from Ron’s house than take her out to a nice meal and take care of every last dime.

Put your academics and life plans first, and everything will fall into place. It’s a long road ahead. You’re going to receive several rejections before you finally get that one, glorious “yes.” But it’s all worth the frustration and dedication.

Landing a job that guarantees financial security and personal growth will reap many more long-term benefits than ripping a hit of the bong tonight. The first step to turning that bank account into something it’s never been before is turning your back on your beloved Mary Jane.

Don’t worry. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and perseverance, but there's always the weekends.

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