Hard truths every college graduate must know

You’re going to have to live frugally for a while, getting a diploma does not mean you’ll get a job, and real-world experience trumps GPA.

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It’s only a selfie.

That’s the argument from graduating students at the University of South Florida. School officials have asked grads not to snap selfies as they receive diplomas.

A quote from the Associated Press:

“I don’t have an anti-selfie bent,” said Michael Freeman, the USF dean who made the selfie rule. “I would just caution students to think there’s a time and place.”

Graduation is one of the most formative times and places of our young adult lives. Soon, you will dive into the chaotic job market and join the ranks of working adults—if you’re lucky.

This spring, forget about the pros and cons of selfies at the commencement ceremony. Look up from the camera, stick it in your pocket, and understand once you cross the stage, life gets real.

Here are 16 hard truths every college graduate must understand:

1. A diploma does not guarantee an internship, job, or career. It is merely a passport into the professional world. Now you’re in the jungle with the rest of us. May the best man or woman win.

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