18 Things You Learn When Becoming An Adult

18 Things I've Managed To Learn On My Wild Ride To 18

I still have a lot to learn, but here are some things that have stuck with be through the years. Hears to my craziest year of life!

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Time really does fly on by when you're having fun, but I've picked up on a few things along the way. Here's my list of all of the things that have helped me to grow as the person I am to this day.

1. Everything Happens For a Reason

Sometimes it may be extremely hard to remember this... but I promise you it's true. Trust the process. The reason may even reveal its self to you in the end.

2. Grades Do NOT Define You

They matter.. trust me. But I promise that F you got on the chemistry test doesn't mean you're stupid. Even if you did pull that all-nighter, one test doesn't mean the world.

3. Procrastination is NEVER Key

I've learned that truly nothing grand comes out of doing things the last minute. You eliminate quite a lot of stress in your life if you start the paper earlier. Get yourself a cute planner and prioritize!

4. Family is Forever

Make more time for them. They're the ones who are going to be with you through thick or thin. You lose a lot of people in your life, but family is forever.

5. Change is Hard but Necessary 

I've experienced this in so many ways. Yes, change is uncomfortable, unpredictable and even a little scary, but without it you can not grow and learn. Embrace it.

6. A Bad Day is NOT a Bad Life

Just breathe. We all have those days where nothing goes right. You wake up late and then the whole day just seems to spiral out of control. This doesn't mean your life is terrible. Instead of finding the long list of negatives at the end of the day, search for something positive.

7. Don't Take Life So Seriously 

Laugh a little. Keep on keeping on. Stop thinking and just start doing. Our time on this earth is limited, have fun while you can.

8. Positivity Gets You Far

This is a statement I live by. It doesn't mean you can't be sad about something or sulk, but don't let it bring you down. Find the good that can come out of a situation that isn't necessarily the best. Hearing negative comments all the time is not good for anyone.

9. Sometimes You Just Have To Be Patient

Most things don't happen over night or in the blink of an eye. Keep on believing. It isn't necessarily about waiting for something, it's about HOW you wait.

10. Be Passionate

Do not be afraid to go head first into a something. Putting your all in, is not a bad thing. Find your passion and go for it!

11. Coke is 100% Better Than Pepsi

It just is.

12. Sleep is SO Important

Sleep is fuel. Your brain needs to relax. I understand Netflix is addicting, but shut that laptop screen and shut your eyes. You'll thank yourself later.

13. Stop Stressing Over the Things That Don't Matter

Go out in public without makeup, no one will care! You look perfect in the swimsuit, trust me. Have fun with life... do not be worried about things that will have a very small impact on your life. Ask yourself will this reallyyy effect me in five years.

14. All of the Lyrics to "Mr. Brightside" 

How could you not know all of them?!?

15. Math Will Always Be Hard for Me

Some people may say it's not rocket science... BUT FOR ME IT IS. I've accepted I'll never be a mathematician, but at least I can now recognize it is something I have to work harder on.

16. Do Things That Scare You

You will feel so much better once you have accomplished something you are nervous to do. Being proud of yourself for facing something is one of the best feelings ever.

17. Not Everyone Is Going To Be Your Friend

and that is OK. I used to worry all of the time if I thought someone didn't like me. Chances are they do not hate you. But not everyone has to like you and you don't have to like everyone. Just always take the highroad.

18. I LOVE  MY LIFE

It's pretty tragic sometimes I will admit, but I'm in love with my crazy and magical life.

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40 Small Things That Make College Students Happy

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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Everyone Should Experience Working In Fast Food Or Retail

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it.

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I know these jobs aren't glamorous. In fact, most days I looked forward to clocking out before I had even clocked in. I always secretly rolled my eyes when an angry customer droned on and on about how entitled he or she was. Though I can name a lot of bad things that happened on the job, it wasn't all horrible. As I reflect on my time working in fast food, I realize how much having that job really taught me and how grateful I am to have had that experience. I really think everyone should work in fast food or retail at some point, and here's why:

You make some great friends from work. I get it, sometimes your co-workers are royal jerks or flat out creeps. You see your name on the schedule next to theirs and immediately try switching with someone else. I've been there. However, I have worked with some amazing people as well.

Every time I worked with one girl in particular, we laughed for entire shifts. One night, we were singing the national anthem at the top of our lungs without realizing a customer had come in (to our surprise, she applauded our terrible screaming). Another coworker and I turned up the radio on full blast when business was slow and had dance battles. We made the most of our shifts, and I still talk to some of these people today.

You learn how to deal with difficult people. It's the age-old story: the uppity customer thinks twelve dollars for a meal combo is outrageous and Where is your manager?!

My friend and I were once called stupid and a customer said he would never come back to our restaurant to eat ever again. At the moment, we were scared out of our minds because we were both pretty new to the job. As time passed, we became more patient and tolerant and knew what triggered these particular customers. Dealing with these adversities definitely helps in the long run, particularly when it comes to doing group work with people who seem unbearable.

Your people skills increase by a landslide. I had always thought that I was great with people before I had a job. However, when I found myself in situations where I had to talk to strangers, I would grow nervous and stumble across my words from time to time. Working in an environment where communicating with others is a driving force helped me not only with improving my public speaking, but also made me more outgoing. In situations where I once backed into the corner to avoid having to talk to someone, I now take charge and initiate a conversation.

You establish a connection with regular customers. My favorite customer was named Jack. He was the sweetest old man who came in every Wednesday and Friday and bought food for himself and his wife. I quickly memorized his order, which impressed him. We shared pleasantries every time he came in, and my coworkers and I looked forward to seeing him.

Establishing a relationship with people who come in a lot helps immensely when it comes to working. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when you memorize an order. Not to mention, the customers start to like you and typically leave a generous tip!

You have stories to tell for a lifetime! Sometimes bad things happen at work. Once I was holding a hot pan and burned my arm— I still have the burn mark on my arm to prove it. My point is, it sucked at the moment, but now I look back and laugh.

One time I asked my coworker how to make soup and she replied, "Slowly, but beautifully." It was so nonchalant that I cracked up for hours. There was also a time when a customer asked me for outlandish toppings and condiments that we didn't offer. The craziest story, though, was the drug deal that went down in our public restrooms. My coworker and I obviously could not leave our station and follow these people into the bathroom, so we were pretty much defenseless. Nobody got hurt or anything, so it made for a great story.

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it. It made me more independent and outgoing and gave me memories I'll never forget.

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