You May Be Ready To Adult If You’ve Nailed These Five Things By Graduation

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You are free of entitlement. Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not entitled to a career you’re both passionate about and pays you enough to live in a great part of town. You don’t get to say whatever you want on the Internet without any repercussions. And despite what you think, you probably can’t do your boss’s job when you have only a year or two of job experience. If there’s any piece of advice – as negative as it seems – that every college student needs to hear before graduation, it’s this: The world owes you nothing.

Learn to budget and pay your bills on time. We get it, you’re broke and your work study job just barely pays you enough to make rent, never mind enjoy life. But if you’re not paying your bills – or are running up crazy debt without making any payments on it – you’re putting yourself in a terrible position for life. Put together a budget that you can stick to and be willing to make responsible choices with your money before you splurge on a new shirt at Topshop.

Show up where you say you’ll be. If you’re the type who says he’ll show up at a party and then decides staying home in bed is a much better option (we get it, it is) but … no. Just, no. Whether it’s a social obligation or work, if you say you’re going to do something or show up somewhere, you need to follow through. It’s irresponsible and disrespectful to blow people off.

Learn how to make sacrifices. Life isn’t always fair and we don’t always get to do what we want – and it blows. But learning how to make sacrifices – like saying no to summer festival tickets you can’t afford or having dinner with your grandmother when you really want to be at a party – will position you well for the real world. That’s not to say that life shouldn’t be fun, you just need to learn when it’s time to splurge and when you need to sit one out.

Getting along with others. If you often find yourself in conflict with others – from your roommates to the people involved with your group project – chances are that the problem isn’t everyone else: It’s you. Part of being an adult means learning to get along with others. There are always going to be co-workers who don’t pull their weight, friends who make choices you don’t agree with and jerks with full shopping carts who walk sneak into the 15-item limit lane at the grocery store. You don’t have to agree with or like everyone. But you really need to learn how to get along with them or else your life is going to be really difficult.

Gabe Coley

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