23 Things High School Doesn't Teach But Needs To

23 Things High School Doesn't Teach But Needs To

Society is failing to prepare its students for adulthood.

My high school teachers constantly said that their job was to prepare us for the "real world." One teacher, in particular, balked at the cliche: "what is this now, then, some sort of pre-, fake world?"

But in a way he was right. You don't realize how easy you have it in high school until you're out on your own. As I enter the "real world" for the first time, I'm frequently reminded of all the real-life skills I was never taught in high school. I'm in no way prepared for the real world.

1. How to do taxes.

If you don't do your taxes, you will be arrested and serve jail time. But taxes were not even TOUCHED upon in my high school curriculum.

2. What taxes are.

I know that taxes are what pay for our roads and bridges and welfare and all that, but do I actually know the types of taxes we pay and where that money goes? Not a clue.

3. Pay bills.

Do I go online? Do I put cash in an envelope and mail it? Do I charge it to a credit card? Help!?

4. The difference between a debit and credit card.

I only know the difference because I asked my mother and she explained it to me.

5. How to get an apartment.

How much should I be paying in rent? How do I pay utility bills? How do security deposits work?

6. How to clean my apartment.

How often am I supposed to clean? What cleaning products should I use?

7. How to cook.

If left alone to fend for myself, I would eat mac and cheese until I starved to death. Like a lot of kids, I wasn't taught at home how to cook. I shouldn't have had to go to technical, culinary school like my boyfriend did to learn basic cooking skills.

8. How to grocery shop.

What do I buy? How to know what's too expensive? I'm a broke college student, and I don't know how to grocery shop on a budget!

9. How to get insurance.

Do I have to apply? What kind of insurance do I need, and how do I get it? It's illegal in some states, including my own, to drive a car without car insurance. Yet I was never taught how to secure it.

10. What insurance is.

I get that it covers if you get into a car accident or something. But which types are really necessary?

11. What a credit score is.

And how do I get one? Do I need one? How do I know what it is? HOW DOES IT WORK!?

12. How to have safe sex.

13. How to apply for money for college.

High schools like to assume that most of us will go straight to college after graduation. Yet how to apply for scholarships, and where to find them, were never covered in high school, nor was how to fill out the FAFSA, which is required for virtually every college.

14. How to party safely in college.

Let's face it, nearly everyone goes to at least one college party their first semester. So why not teach girls to always open their own drinks, not to drink from punch bowls, and never to leave their drink unattended?

15. General safety tips.

We live in a world of kidnapping, murder, and rape. Young women especially need to be taught how to protect themselves out there in the great, big world. For example, to avoid walking to her car alone, especially at night, to carry her key in her hand in case she is attacked, and to lock the car and drive away as soon as she gets in her car.

16. How to prepare for parenthood.

I'm not saying high school students are preparing to become parents anytime soon, although some are. Not everyone has caring parents who will help them when and if they choose to have children. High school kids should at least be taught the expenses and sacrifices involved with having children, so that they are at least somewhat prepared.

17. How to plan for retirement.

Will this generation ever retire? Probably not. But we should still know when we are supposed to start saving, and how much to save each year.

18. How to pay off student loans.

Where do I get this money, and where do I send it? How much is my interest rate?

19. How to buy a car.

What is a lease? What is a car payment?

20. How to register a car.

Where do I get license plates?

21. How to care for a car.

How do I change the oil? How often should I be changing the oil? How do I change a tire? What should I do if I get a flat tire? What are emissions, and how do I do them?

22. How to get a mortgage.

23. What a mortgage is.

So good luck with the rest of your life!
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10 Horrible Fashion Trends From Our Middle School Days

What a time to be alive.

Being in middle school is one of the worst times of your life. You're awkward and you have no idea what to think about everything that is changing. I was cleaning out my closet the other day and found my old pair of Etnies and started reminiscing upon some of the worst trends that ever existed in the 2000s. I look at pictures of myself from middle school and cringe. I really just want to tell my past self to stop shopping at Claire's and Aeropostale. But since I did shop at those stores, I do have many embarrassing photos and fashion choices. Here's a list of popular (and unfortunate) trends from the 2000s.

1. Aeropostale

Buy all the graphic tees! I had at least one in every color. So many skin-tight tees were a part of my wardrobe. These t-shirts would always be spotted in MySpace profiles with people throwing a peace sign. Unfortunately, Aero has filed for bankruptcy, so we will be seeing less of them.

2. Rubber "Causes" Bracelets

You would see people walking around with these things up to their elbows! I had one for pretty much every type of cancer/disease you could imagine. Of course the yellow "Livestrong" bracelets were the bracelets that started the trend. (Thanks Lance for that let down.)

3. Silly Bandz

Yet again, a bracelet trend took over our middle school minds. I remember wearing so many of these wonderful "bandz" that the circulation in my arms were cut off. It was also the best thing to compare and trade silly bandz with your friends. I also scoffed at all of the knock-off brands. I only wanted the real deal.

4. Gauchos

Back when these pants were popular I had at least three pairs in a good variety of colors. I wore them so much, my mother could not do the laundry fast enough. I would compare these pants to yoga pants today because they were just as comfortable. It was always way cooler to wear a poncho with gauchos.

5. Massive Sequin Purses

Every girl had these. Mine was lime green. I thought that these purses were cute at the time, but really they are just atrocious. I'm not even sure why I was carrying a purse in middle school. I really didn't have that much stuff save for my phone, lipgloss, and gum.

6. Wearing Jeans with Dresses

Is that dress or skirt too short? No problem, just wear jeans under it! But really though, I have never understood this trend. Even when it was "popular" I thought that it was just plain ugly. I mean, how can you even look at this picture of Ashley Tisdale and not cringe?

7. Heelys

Hands-down the best trend of middle school. Some of my best memories are in Target Heely-ing around the entire store. I would still wear my Heelys today if I had them. No regrets about these shoes. Every adult that I've ever talked to about them, hated them. I guess that's why they were basically banned from everywhere.

8. Soffe Shorts

I had (have) a pair of these in every color. Having these made you cool. Quite often paired with rubber Old Navy flip-flops or some Rainbows, these cotton shorts were a staple of any middle school girl in the 2000s. My cheerleading really helped reinforce my love for these shorts. But thankfully it seems that "norts" have replaced these.

9. Nike Shox

Who actually cared if the spring-things made walking or running easier. These shoes just looked so cool. While writing this article, I was surprised to find out that Nike still makes these shoes. It was always the sporty-athletic people who wore these.

10. Popcorn Shirts

I never understood the madness that is the science behind these magically shrinking and expanding shirts. They are just straight up fascinating. The best ones were tie-dyed. I had one blue one and thought it was the greatest shirt ever.

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The 7 Stages Of Your Fall Semester, Based On Ross Geller's Everchanging Hairstyles

"We were on a break!" — me doing homework over Thanksgiving break.


I love the show "Friends." I have watched it more times than I can even remember. The humor is hilarious, the character dynamic is amazing. "Friends" is just a quality show.

However, there is one thing in "Friends" that is not always quality and that is Ross Geller's hair.

Stage 1: The beginning when you feel like you actually have your life together.

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At the start of the semester, you feel like you have your entire life together. Everything is so balanced. You wrote everything down in your planner. You are going to the gym every day. You are feeling like you are on top of everything -- maybe you will even make the President's List this semester!

If you were Ross Geller, your hair would be on FLEEK.

Stage 2: Near the start of the semester when you become SUPER involved. 

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When you go to a club rush, you decide not to sign up for one or two clubs, no. You sign up for eleven clubs. ELEVEN. Why not? You need to put yourself out there, right? Mom and Dad always did say to get involved.

If you were Ross Geller, your hair would be neat and tidy. The "professional look," if you will.

Stage 3: When everything adds up and your life begins to spiral out of control. 

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You know that point, around the end of September and beginning of October, when all of your midterms are during the same week and all of those clubs that you joined are having meetings on the same day? It becomes overwhelming. You feel like your life is getting out of control.

If you were Ross Geller, your hair would be due for some re-shaping. The height and the poofiness, it is just starting to get out of control.

Stage 4: That post-midterm paradise feeling. 

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Midterms are all over. The assignments are all submitted. Now, it is party time. And by party time I mean maybe staying out until midnight, but primarily catching up on all of that sleep you missed out on during midterms.

If you were Ross Geller, it would be time to bust out the OG Ross look — afro and mustache, baby.

Stage 5: It is Thanksgiving break and you do not know how to feel. 

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Should you be excited to spend the holiday with family and friends? Or should you lock yourself in your room and study for hours and hours on end? Who knows. It is a confusing time.

If you were Ross Geller, your hair would be in a decent place of spikiness. It would be a relatively good time in your hair life.

Stage 6: When you realize that midterm season was nothing compared to what finals season is. 

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Yeah, you may have thought that midterms were difficult. Well, that was before final exams came around and you realized that getting an A or a B in a class depends on this one last test (this test that is 40% of your entire grade in the class). You are getting no sleep. You are drinking seven cups of coffee a day. Your meals consist of Goldfish and Pop-Tarts. It is total insanity.

If you were Ross Geller, your hair would be unkempt. It would be the worst it has ever been. It would be getting too long, there would be too much gel. TOO MUCH.

Stage 7: It is FINALLY Christmas break.

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Finals are finally over. You get to go home to spend time with your family, see your home friends, eat home-cooked meals, and just genuinely relax. Life is so good. Everything is so good.

If you were Ross Geller, you would hop on that #NewHairNewMe #NewYearNewMe bandwagon. Sometimes you just need a fresh start.

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