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# the big shift
18 differences between going out in college and going out in your 20s
All changed, changed utterly.

THERE IS ONLY a few years in the difference between college and your 20s, but they can have a seismic and important impact on your nights out.

And you never even see it coming:

1. In college, pre-drinking starts about 4pm just because

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2. In your 20s, nobody is ready to meet up until way after that

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Dinner plans and everything else just gets in the way.

3. In college, pre-drinking in the gaff was the everything

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Nothing else mattered.

4. In your 20s, people seem to actually want to socialise in pubs

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Which is a little more hassle, all things considered.

5. In college, midweek nights are where it’s at

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6. In your 20s, midweek nights are usually on the couch like

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Netflix, though.

7. In college, county colours are an acceptable fashion choice

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8. In your 20s, county colours are confined to actual GAA settings only

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And going out after the match, of course.

9. In college, there is always some straggler who doesn’t have their ID

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Making everyone nervous about whether the group will get in.

10. In your 20s, getting asked for ID is a major compliment

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11. In college, people are allowed to wear gas things to the bar

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12. In your 20s, everyone thinks they’re too cool for that

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13. In college, the quality of drink purchased is solely determined by price

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14. In your 20s, you might upgrade on quality and decrease on quantity

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The premium brand is calling.

15. In college, you’re the youngest people in the club

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16. In your 20s, you feel like this

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“It’s like a creche in here” is heard about seven times per evening on average.

17. The morning after in college feels like

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18. And the hangover in your 20s is more

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You wouldn’t change either experience for the world, though – such is the unique charm of each.

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