21 Ways College Prepares You For The Real World

21 Previews Of Adulting You Get In College, And You Better Be Taking Notes

Once you start adulting, you can never stop.

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College is a crazy time in one's life. And the fact that we all start experiencing the highs and lows of entering adulthood doesn't make it any less crazier. As we start learning the lessons of how to “successfully" adult, we're forced to come to terms with the new reality we're facing.

Here are 21 realities of adulting in college:

1. Bills, bills, and more bills 

Once you start having them they never stop and it seems every time you’ve paid one off you have another to pay right after.

2. Once you start adulting, you can never stop

It’s just one large, vicious, endless cycle of responsibilities. It’s like you got on a roller coaster but the attendant never lets you off and you’re just stuck with all the ups and downs and turns.

3. Life and death become a lot more real

As a kid, the meaning of life of death never really clicks as it does when you're an adult. Then you start realizing all there is to life and how much one has to lose.

4. Just because you have a 12-page page paper to write doesn’t mean work will understand

Getting the education I’m paying thousands for or not going homeless is an endless debate with no real appealing answer.

5. Every decision you make you can really tell the effect it has

In your youth you never really noticed the impact each decision you make has on your life or even someone else’s.

6. You never know if you’re making the right life choices

Am I pursuing the right degree? Should I move here? Am I attending the right school? Should I accept this job?

The questions keep on coming and you make decisions. But sometimes you wonder if you’ve been making all the right ones.

7. It’s really, really hard sometimes 

There’s no way to truly prepare for what adulting entails.

8. The saying, “you only regret the chances that you didn’t take” is 100% true

If I were to think of things I regret, it’s all chances I was too scared to take. My New Years resolution this year is to stop letting my fears control my every life.

9. It’s easy to forget about yourself and your own needs, but it’s important we never do

With all that’s going on sometimes you forget about your own needs.

10. Pets are a lifesaver of epic preportions

My two cats create my comfort zone, my safety zone, and are my stress relievers.

11. It’s OK to change your mind

It’s your life. Do what’s best for you. And if a choice you made previously isntnwhat you want anymore then change it.

12. Entertainment is in many ways just as important as eating

You need entertainment to get through the trials of adulting.

13. Finding a balance to life isn’t always possible and that reality isn’t easy to come to terms with

I’m not sure if I’ll ever come to terms to not being able to create my perfectly balanced life where all my needs are being met.

14. It’s okay to make mistakes

Mistakes are natural and normal. Don’t beat yourself up over them.

15. It’s never too late to take a chance

Don’t let time passed prevent you from living the life you want to live.

16. Sometimes being the better person sucks

I totally get why someone people give up on it. It’s not always the easiest route to take. It’s always easier and makes me happier looking back then it is in the moment.

17. You don’t feel like you should be an adult yet, but here you are

Me? An adult? Oh man, this can’t end well.

18. You learn to cherish every moment as if it’s your last

Life and death become a lot more real and with that a greater understanding of what could be lost.

19. Our fears become more noticeably impactful on our lives

We don't take chances because we're so scared of something. As we get older we really start noticing the impact those fears have on our day to day lives.

20. After having to budget you learn you really spend way too much on food

But will that impact how much food you buy? That is to be seen.

21. Tax season is either the best or worst time of the year

You’re either in for a nice sum of extra cash or having to fork over any savings you’ve managed to put together.

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When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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4 Things I Wish High School Me Knew

Every day has a purpose.

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People don't give high school enough credit for having the ability to shape your life. It can build you or it can break you and often times there is no in between. As I enter into my senior year of college I have reflected a lot on my college career and how it really has been the best years of my life up to this point, but I know that without a doubt my life would have been so different in I would have known these things as a high schooler.

1. Your life is valuable

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:4-7

2. You aren't defined by your singleness. 

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. - Song of Solomon 2:7

4. You aren't going to fit in

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2

4. Your clothes aren't going to fit forever, don't spend all of your money on them 

Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." - Luke 12:15

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