6 things to stop doing before you graduate college

College is one of the best experiences of your life and a time when you really find out who you truly are. However, there are also habits that you pick up in college, that you need to make sure you stop doing after you’ve graduated. Once you get into the real world and start adulting, it’s important to kick some of the habits you have picked up during your college years.

The real world doesn’t quite work in the same way as college life works, and you need to prepare for that. It’s okay to make mistakes and to be stuck in your ways, but you need to also look at making the step from kidulthood to adulthood, and becoming a bit more responsible. So, here are some of the things you need to stop doing before you graduate.

Waking up when you like

Once you hit the real world and you start working a job, you’re not just going to be able to get up whenever you feel like it. Kiss goodbye to waking up at a different time each weekday; you need to make sure you have some kind of regimented system, and that you are waking up at the same time every day. When you start working, you will have a set time you need to be in the office, and so you should make sure you get enough sleep to get up at the same time each day.

6 things to stop doing before you graduate college

Leaving stuff until the last minute

This may work for your essay about Pop Culture References in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but it’s not something that should be recommended in the real world. Leaving important work until the last minute is the best way to add stress to your life, and may well see you rushing and producing poor quality work. While you might get away with this once or twice in college, the real world is less forgiving.

Snacking for dinner

As a student, it’s almost a rite of passage to have snacks for dinner at some point. But, once you become an adult you’re going to need to learn how to cook. This is a valuable life skill to possess, as well as a great way of having a delicious and well-balanced diet. You might actually also be surprised by just how fun and productive cooking can be sometimes.

Skipping water

Water is life, and you need to stop skipping it. Once you leave college and enter the real world, you’re going to need to increase your water intake as much as possible. Get yourself a water bottle and drink as much as you can each day. Water is really important for keeping you hydrated and making sure you are functioning at the best possible level. Two to three liters of water per day is the ideal amount to keep you operating well.

Too much coffee

Grabbing a coffee every day before class was a tradition for us when we were in college, but it doesn’t work so well in the real world. The reason for this is that coffee shops off campus can be pretty expensive, and that vanilla decaf latte with extra foam may only cost $4 per day, but that’s eighty bucks per month, and that is a lot of money in the grand scheme of things.

6 things to stop doing before you graduate college


Ah, napping. That is the best thing in the world ever. When you were in college, you could take naps between classes, to refresh you and make sure you could keep your eyes open in the afternoon. Unfortunately, this is not something you can do in the real world – workplaces don’t have nap facilities (well, Google might). Make sure you’re getting enough rest because nap time will be out the window for a good while yet!

These are six of the main things you’ll have been doing in college that you’re going to need to stop doing when you get into the real world. There is no time and money for these anymore, and you will need to make lifestyle changes accordingly. Welcome to adulthood, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.