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Expectations vs Reality: Growing Up
Expectations vs Reality: Growing Up

Expectations vs Reality: Growing Up

When we were little, we could not wait to grow up. We were told that our wildest dreams could come true if we worked hard enough and that the sky is the limit. But here we are as uni students and our childhood expectations haven’t exactly matched our reality.

Money

Expectations vs Reality: Growing Up

Expectations: You rely on the tooth fairy or pocket money from doing chores to buy fizz sticks from the corner shop or save up for the new Barbie doll.

Reality: You really need to get a job. Your parents still help out when you need them to but you prefer to make your own money to support yourself. This may mean you have to skip coffee for a week if you want to recharge your Opal card.

School

Expectations vs Reality: Growing Up

Expectation: Once you get to uni you can study what you love and you can skip classes whenever you would like to.

Reality: Prerequisites and compulsory courses will be the death of you. Yes, you may be studying your dream course – Commerce, but the infamous MGMT1001 (aka WAM killer) will make you wave goodbye to your WAM. 80% attendance and roll marking will also be a pain in your backside.

Sleep

Expectations vs Reality: Growing Up

Expectations: When we become adults we need less sleep so that means we can stay up late playing video games or watch TV til dawn.

Reality: Yes we stay up late binge watching Narcos to avoid starting our essay that is due in three days. But sleep is precious when you pull so many all nighters. Sometimes after uni you take a ‘quick’ ten-minute power nap and wake up four hours later.

Love

Expectations vs Reality: Growing Up

Expectations: When you get your first boyfriend/girlfriend, you are going to stay together forever. You will walk down the aisle and have your happy ever after.

Reality: You will be in multiple relationships. You will meet wonderful people and have many good times but some of them will end up with you or leave you heartbroken.

The World

Expectations vs Reality: Growing Up

Expectation: Your world consists of the playground at your primary school and Maccas. All you want is to rush back home and watch Degrassi or The Latest Buzz.

Reality: As you go through high school and university, your world expands. You will visit different countries, meet unique people and realise that there is so much more for you to explore.

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About Annie Zhai

Annie Zhai
Annie is a Commerce/ Media (PR & Advertising) student. She tries to survive uni without suffering an existential crisis.

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