20 GIFs That Describe 20 Different New Grad Feelings

As you may know by now, I define “new grad” as anyone who’s graduated within the last 2 years; but some may identify as a new grad long after that. I define the “new grad” experience as being the adjustment from the comfort and safety of schooling and permanently being surrounded by peers to the true independent nature of adulthood, and all the expectations that come with it. Day drunk on St. Patrick’s and passed out on the street? It’s no longer cute or funny – you now have a serious problem and your friends and family have cornered you into an intervention.

Without further ado, here are 20 GIFs that describe 20 different new grad feelings:

1. At Your Graduation

Excited Dwayne Johnson GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

2. One Week After Graduation

Fun Summer GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

3. Moving Back in With Your Parents

Smother The Goldbergs GIF by TV Land - Find & Share on GIPHY

4. At Your First Day of Work

Let'S Do This GIF by NETFLIX - Find & Share on GIPHY

5. When Partying With Friends Turns Into Tame Nights In

Classy GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

6. Figuring Out How to Pay Your Taxes

Over It Ugh GIF by NETFLIX - Find & Share on GIPHY

7. When People Ask You What You’re Doing With Your Life

Over It Drinking GIF by Saturday Night Live - Find & Share on GIPHY

8. When People From Your Graduating Class Start Buying Houses and/or Getting Married

What The Hell Community GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

9. Navigating Office Politics Like

Now Watching Stranger Things GIF by Signature Entertainment - Find & Share on GIPHY

10. When Work Starts to Take Over Your Whole Life

Fine David Schwimmer GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

11. When You Finally Feel Like You’re Figuring it Out Because You Now Have a Meal Plan and a Skincare Routine

Vitamin D Hello GIF by bubly - Find & Share on GIPHY

12. Finding Out Through Your Older Coworkers That Adults Are Just Like You, But Are Better at Pretending to Be Mature

Excuse Me Wow GIF by Mashable - Find & Share on GIPHY

13. When You’re The Single Friend, and Your Friends Keep Trying to Set You Up

GIF by CBS - Find & Share on GIPHY

14. When You Try and Go Out With Friends But Your Body is Accustomed to Your 9pm Bedtime

Tired Sleep GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

15. Seeing Your Old College Roommates and Transforming into Your Old Self

Amy Poehler Dancing GIF by Sisters - Find & Share on GIPHY

16. Getting Used to Not Writing ‘Student’ as Your Occupation

Confused Math GIF by CBC - Find & Share on GIPHY

17. Strongly Considering Whether You Should Move Across the World Solely Because You Can

Season 3 Drinking GIF by Bachelor in Paradise - Find & Share on GIPHY

18. Treating Yourself Because You’re No Longer Entirely Broke and Drowning in Student Loans

Mtv Style Shopping GIF by Paramount Movies - Find & Share on GIPHY

19. The Feeling When You Don’t Miss University Anymore, And You’ve Finally Embraced the Adult Life, With All the Freedom and Possibilities That Come With it…

Andy Samberg Im An Adult GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

20. …Until The Day You Decide To Go To Grad School…

Angry Fuck Me GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

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