How To Adult: 5 Tips To Help Prepare You For Adulthood

How To Adult: 5 Tips To Help Prepare You For Adulthood

Because let's face it, running away to Neverland isn't an option
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As young adults, we are stuck somewhere between the world of hormonally challenged teenagers that think they know everything and the world of grown-ups that actually seem to know what they're doing. Thankfully, we no longer reside in the terrifying world of high school, but we have yet to earn the title 'adult'. We are still young and in the process of learning how to adult and if we're being honest, often we have no idea what we are doing or how we ended up with $3 in our bank account. While I definitely don't have all the answers, below is a list of tips that I believe will help us struggling young "adults" succeed in the demanding world of grown-ups.

1. Adapt To The World Of Professionalism

As a sweatpants enthusiast, it pains me to write this but showing up to a professional setting wearing sweats and a baggy t-shirt is frowned upon. The way you present yourself says a lot and first impressions are more important than you might think. Dressing appropriately is a key element to being a professional in the adult world. Not every setting you're in will require a formal dress code, but as long as you look like a bathed human being with respectable clothes you'll be fine. Besides your clothes, your attitude and the way you respond in an environment with other people also reflects your professionalism. Remember that one kid in class that talked back to the teacher and made everything difficult? Yeah, don't be that kid. Treat everyone with respect and you won't have any problems getting along with people.

2. Organize Your Time Wisely

In college, you will always find yourself struggling to make time to do everything and most of the time you probably end up overwhelmed. The best way to make sure you have time to get your work done and be able to do what you want in your free time is to organize your schedule. Set specific times dedicated to doing your school work and spend the other times either relaxing or hanging out with friends. You'll feel less stressed about getting things done on time and you'll be more successful in your school and work career if you have a more disciplined way of avoiding being overwhelmed.

3. Being Responsible With Money

As every college student probably knows, being broke is not fun. You end up being the friend that can't go out or even worse, you run out of food so you're stuck eating food from the cafeteria. Saving money is hard when the temptation to spend it is always around you. By giving yourself a budget and spending money on necessities before anything else, instead of being the broke college student with debt, you'll just be the college student with debt! I call that a win.

4. Let Go Of Stress

Being a college student comes with lots of responsibilities, and with responsibilities comes stress. When we become stressed, our mental and physical health gets harmed by the way we start to eat, sleep, or overall behave. Feeling overwhelmed is a part of life and there is no way to avoid that, but we can change the way we handle stress. Instead of letting stress take control, find a moment to just sit down and take a breather for a while. It's okay to pause life from time to time. We all need rest whenever life throws us curveballs and sometimes that means letting go of what worries us. The next time something becomes overwhelming, find a place to sit quietly and tell yourself it will be okay, because it will be.

5. Embrace Your Youth

When it comes to being an adult, knowing how to manage our finances and organize our time is essential to being successful in life. But what I think is perhaps the most important part of being an adult is the part of us that remains young.That's the part that will forever know the lyrics to any Disney song ever made or the part of us that still wants to be a superhero. The memories we hold onto aren't of paying taxes or making a doctors appointment. We remember building forts out of couch cushions or getting hurt doing something stupid but smiling because it was worth it. The sad truth is that we can't stay kids forever; someday we are going to become adults and learn what it means to be an adult. But being an adult can be more than just the responsibilities that come with it if we embrace the part of us that is still young.

Now, time to go adult!

Cover Image Credit: brianorndorf.com

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

Cover Image Credit: Cincinnati Arts

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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