College prepares you for a lot.
They attempt to teach you the tools of the trade that you will need to succeed in life.
They even occasionally provide you internships that give you “real-world experiences”.
But one thing they can’t prepare you for, is the 40+/hour work week, for 52 weeks a year, for 30+ years.
Having to go into work every single day, doesn’t sound like much of a challenge, but think of it like this. If you aren’t feeling good, you can call out sick…but if you wake up in the morning, exhausted, you can’t just “go late to class” or “skip class”, you still need to head in to work and do your job.
Want to go to Puerto Rico for a week? Can’t just wait for “Spring Break” or “Winter Vacation” to go, instead need to use your off/vacation days.
Sure, you can use them on the vacation, and use some more on (at least for Jewish people) holidays (there are a low number this year, of only 8 days…assuming you can leave early on the day before and not need to take those off as well).
It’s a tiring experience that you get used to after a while…or at least you pretend to.
I know a lot of people will counter with “I put a lot of effort into college”, and similar arguments, but ultimately, your bed time is still flexible, because your “in-time” for classes is different daily, as well as not having the same grueling hours, day-after-day, for more than 3 or 4 months at a time.
So Step 1 of getting ready for a work life: Get into normal sleep habits, and regular schedules, leading up to your work life.