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!

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The Problem With Kissing Frogs

"I have kissed a whole lot of frogs, and not a single one of them ever turned into a prince."
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I have kissed a whole lot of frogs, and not a single one of them ever turned into a prince. I have tried on a ton of shoes, but the glass slipper just never fit. I have taken some very long naps, and never woke up to true loves first kiss.

I've done some soul searching lately, and I realized something. I have spent so much of my life searching for my happily ever after that I forgot who I really am. I forgot who the person looking back in the magic mirror was. I forgot who was wearing the crown. I forgot about myself.

I am strong. I am beautiful. I am perfect in my own way. I am independent. I have never needed another person to show me who I am on the inside. I never needed to change for someone else because I just wasn't "good enough" for them. I needed to enjoy being me. It just took me awhile to wake up and truly see that.

Elle didn't need Warner to be successful. Warner needed Elle. He lost it all when he lost her. You cannot convince me that I need someone in my life when I know that my individual success is not brought to me by another person. I am the one who brings my own success. I am the one who makes a difference in my own life. I do not need someone to keep me from being me. I have the power to be whoever I want to be. And as of right now... I just want to be me.

Why be a damsel in distress when you can save the day on your own? Why sit back and wait for opportunities when you can go out and capture them yourself? Why stand there and tell me you need someone else in your life in order to survive and be successful?

You don't need another person to show you who you are. You need yourself. Be independent. Be patient. Be perfect. Be you.

I believe in fairytales. I believe in happily ever afters. But above all, I believe in myself.

No more frogs, glass slippers, shiny apples, or magic carpets. I am more than okay being by myself. I actually like me. And I know that someday my Prince Charming will sweep me off my feet. Someday I'll find "the one." But until then, I'm going to build myself and grow. I'm going to work hard to become the person I want to be. And I'm not letting anyone stop me from doing just that either.

I may still be a child at heart, but my determination proves to me that I'm more than capable of being successful and powerful on my own. I will do whatever it takes to be the girl I know I am deep down.

Straighten your crown and hold your head high. You're a princess remember? Go ahead and show them why.

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To The First Person That Hurt You

with a quiet thank you 
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Her first hello to the world was with a cry. Maybe a few cries, a few hiccups, and a bunch of naps. She didn't yet know where her life was going to take her.

Her whole life she grew up surronded by love. She watched her parents as they so carefully kept her close to them. She denied the troubles that surrounded her head. She had fears, but she never knew they could actually come true.

She watched as the movies portrayed happy endings. No matter what happened, you always hold on to that person, right? You always end up with the one you love. No matter how much fighting you have to do to keep that person. 

She watched as the relationships surrounded her seemed to not compare with the ones that she was faced with. 

It wasn't until two greenish-grey eyes approached her. A sudden mystery that swamped her mind every second. But because she did not want to think about the truth of him, she stormed it to the back of her mind, never letting it get in the way of what she wanted to believe. 

She let false allusions lead her to a place where no one should ever want to go. Within weeks, she was in love with the hands that made her feel the safest, but also the most confused she had ever felt in her life. She cared about the one person who seemed to care about her as well.

They spend hours at night face timing, he made her believe she was the only one. He told her he was falling for her when he was drunk, and she was always taught to believe that "drunk words have sober meanings." She lived in a world of secrecy, never allowing for anyone to know what was actually going on.

His first time cheating was dismissed from his mind, allowing her to believe he would never do anything bad to her. The lips of another was pressed on her lips every time he kissed her. His mouth was sealed with the secrets he kept.

But someones mouth wasn't sealed. The first time she found out about this act, she broke down. And when she spoke to him about it, as broken as she was, he let her believe he was the broken one. With hope in her heart, she returned to him, hoping that this would end like the movies did.

A constant pit in her stomach arose anytime someone had to tell her a secret. She tried to be good enough, thinking that she wasn't because he had to crave things from others. She looked in the mirror every day, and said "this will be the day I will be enough for him." Little did she know, he wasn't enough for her. Nothing compared to the way she loved, they way she loved him.

But weeks passed, months passed, and his truth finally surrendered. Hands slammed against the wheel as he admitted to his truth. It wasn't just the lips of one other that came between their relationship. It was many others as well.

He had all of her in his hands, knowing that she trusted him with every piece of her. Her strings were tied, but his were loose, coming back and forth to her and many others. With an emptiness in her heart, she knew that this wouldn't end like what was implanted in her mind from the time she was born.

Her life up to this moment was a lie. No matter how much she fought, this was never going to be something worth fighting for. Her home was in a place that was temporary. It was time for her to leave, to abandon what she thought made her the happiest.

Without knowing the reality, she closed her ears off to the word and tried everything she could to forget. To forget about the love that started a fire in her that eventually burned her down. Her nights were filled with reminiscing, wondering where she went wrong. Her image of love was adjusted. 

"Everyone is going to hurt you." 

"You will never be good enough."

"This is the reality of love, this is what the movies don't tell you about."

Oh what a shame for a boy to make her believe this. For a reckless love to change her. 

Her love wasn't enough so he craved it from others. But not from their hearts, from the places that made them moan.

To the first love she ever had...

thank you for teaching her everything that love shouldn't be. Thank you for letting her learn early.




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