Wise advice. I learned that lesson a few years after I graduated. Don't get me wrong, I still like nice things. I've just learned to appreciate what I have...especially loved ones. Keeping up with the Jones is often hard to avoid, especially in the bike world!!
Originally posted by nathank
Congrats... it's a big life accomplishment and will be a huge life change!
the first few years out i learned a lot about life and such --- how most people live really boring lives and i didn't/don't want to... (sounds synical but it's true!)
don't join the materialism race and waste your life trying to "beat the Jones" --- e.g. what not to do: i bought all the things i had wanted for so long as a poor student (new car, nice stereo, fancy apartment, computer, etc.) and was then in debt! (i fixed that in 1996 and paid off everything including student loans by beginning of 1998!)
take some chances, travel, try lots of things... have fun!
working life can be OK too, but nothing well ever be quite like the College Years... (even as a grad student it was different as you're older)