Just Say YAAS: Why The Real Experimentation Happens After College

by Niki McGloster

Like many of us, your 18-year-old self (finally legal!) arrived at college prepared to take on any debaucherous activities a parents-free environment had to offer.

Little did you know that hot boxing in parking lots and blacked-out-drunk nights barely scratched the surface of experiences you’ll tell your grandkids about.

While you may argue that you did it all during those four years, you probably curbed a few wild nights thanks to the judgmental, small-minded sub-communities colleges often create.

It’s cool, though. We were all know-it-all rookies once we crossed that stage. But trust us, those unforgettable college nights got nothing on the Bill Nye sh*t you’ll try once you pack up your diploma and level up into adulthood.

Here are 12 reasons why you’re wildin’ out, post graduation:

1. You’ve had enough weed in college.

You haven’t just matriculated from school, you've also graduated from small-time highs.

If there was ever a time to try a substance those D.A.R.E. classes warned you about, right after college is when you're probably most willing.

2. You’re still broke.

The closer your bank account is to zero, the more inventive your schemes are to do just about everything.

You know, like scoring drugs, partying and getting laid. Thank God for open bars!

3.You’re finally free from the watchful eye of your prudish roommate.

You don't have to tip-toe on eggshells around a stuffy roomie. Breathe easy and have that random threesome with your friend and her bae. It’s finally OK.

4. Dating actually kinda sucks IRL.

No longer are there a sea of (sorta) eligible men shacking up in close living quarters. You have to put in more effort, which can resort to online dating.

And if you’ve ever been on a shady Tinder date, you know how much of a social experiment that can be.

5. You still feel kinda invincible.

You’re still in that window where the possibly of death and jail seem far off. With that feeling, there’s no telling what you’ll try.

6. Now your parents really can’t tell you what to do.

You did it: you’ve completed college, got a job and are well on your way to becoming a responsible adult.

What can they reprimand you about? Official adult status on fleek.

7. Studying is over.

If you were a proud nerd in school, it’s possible you skipped fun to study. But now that that’s all over, you can make up for lost time.

8. Adulthood can feel like "Cast Away."

Lucky post-grads got job offers outside of their hometowns or college cities.

In that case, you may have to experience unusual ahem, things, just to make news friends. I mean, come on, when in Rome, right?

9. You’re becoming the person you really want to be.

Trying new activities is a part of growing up, so don’t be shocked when you start trying extreme sports, taking weekend trips to Home Depot for fun or breaking up with your longtime beau. It’s all a process.

10. Okay, so maybe you do have a little more money.

You have more disposable income with your fancy new entry-level gig, and you can afford a little more than before.

With the help of deals and paid time off, you can catch a flight to the Virgin Islands with friends, backpack through Europe or just buy a new wardrobe. Oh, the finer things.

11. You’ve finally realized the rules to dating are bullsh*t.


12. Bottom line: You don't GAF about what people think anymore and just want to live your life.