Plusses of Graduating:
- Having a real income. I've had tastes of this on an off for years now, but I've always had to save the majority of what I made for the times when I was working at all or wasn't earning as much. I had to make sure that tuition and living expenses were taken care of during those times.
- No more homework. I'll be honest. I don't do much of my homework on evenings and weekends. I'm generally so exhausted when I get home that I just cook some pasta for dinner and veg out. On the weekends I'm busy with other things. That doesn't change the fact that I'm supposed to be doing homework then. Even if I know I have enough time to get it done any way, I feel guilty about not doing homework or studying because I really should be. So not having homework doesn't necessarily free up a ton of time (though there are definitely weekends when I have to lock myself in the computer lab), but it will relieve a lot of stress and time pressure.
- Paid vacations and sick time. I never feel comfortable scheduling weekend trips or longer ones during the summer because I never know in advance what my schedule will be like. Will I have a big test I need to be studying for? Is that group project going to be do the following Monday? Will I be interning somewhere and unable to get away? Being able to take time off without that stress and guilt will be nice.
- No more reset buttons. I love that I get a fresh start every four months with a new schedule, new classes, and new professors. When things get frustrating I know that there's a limit to how long I'll have to deal with that particular issue. I will definitely miss that.
- Moving. Since I already have a job lined up in another state, I know I'll be moving when I graduate. It will be hard for me to leave all of my friends here. I kind of hate meeting new people. Knowing that I've already met most of my coworkers and get along with them helps some, but everything else will still be so new.