Even if your cap-and-gown days are long gone, you can probably remember the emotions you felt when leaving campus: an imbalanced mix of excitement, sadness, and angsty anticipation for the months and years ahead.
Whereas school offers a roughly step-by-step plan — sign up for these classes, write those papers, take the final tests — real life offers a far less stable framework. It also typically means a pretty sizable investment before your first paycheck rolls in. You likely need to find and fill an apartment, get work-appropriate clothes, and maybe even buy some gadgets that will help you stay charged up and ready to take on the world. Or, at the very least, the subway.