10 Adulting Realizations In College

10 Adulting Realizations In College

No more fooling around.

Everyone says, "Don't grow up. Stay young for as long as you can." When you get to college you have to take care of yourself and sort of be an adult. The real adulting comes when you move into a house with your friends and soon come to realize that adulting may not be all that it seemed to be.

1. Laundry.

Although some of us have done our own laundry for years, some get to college and still just wait until they visit home. Once you move into your own house you better start figuring out what buttons to press and how it works.

2. Cleaning.

Clean, clean, clean, and more clean. You cannot just get away with picking up your clothes and vacuuming once and a while. There are more places to clean now. Like the living room, kitchen, hallways, laundry room, outside, and of course your room.

3. Bills.

Bills? What? Yes, you are going to have bills. Water bill, electric, cable/internet, sewer bill, etc. You are not used to having to blow money on bills, but you better get used to it.

4. Groceries.

You can't just go with your mom and scope out the snack section. You are going to have to make a list and get real food.

5. Cooking.

Yes, some people have no clue how to cook besides heating up ramen or making grilled cheese or a sandwich. You better get Pinterest or a cookbook because ramen and grilled cheese will get old very quickly.

6. Taking care of your sick self.

Mommy is not there to coddle you or get you soup; you are all on your own. You have to figure out what medicine to get, how many tissues,and what food you can hold down.

7. Multitasking.

Trying to get everything you want and need to do done. You can't rely on your mother or father telling you that you have to study and you can't go out. Sometimes you have to give yourself a time out.

8. Having to make your own appointments.

You have to call and make appointments and it may sound easy, but with all of the other things going on it is easy to forget to make appointments for school, health, work, etc.

9. Getting out of bed.

You may have always had an alarm, but you know your mom or dad used to scream and ask if you were up.

10. Taking out the garbage.

You cannot just let the garbage keep piling up because there is no one else to take it out.

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"

Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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