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What really is adulting? I truly don’t think any of us know what it is. How would one really define it? Some of us may even think we were more adults in High School than we are now in college. This is a funny, interesting, and daunting thought- the idea of adulting. There is a difference between adulting and “college adulting” which is the phase we are currently in.  It most definitely requires its own category. Because in all honesty, I am sure we’ve all put some thought into the idea of adulting before, and most of us have probably decided it’s not gonna work for us/ not our thing right now. None of us know what we are doing (but that is okay and that’s what makes college years all the more silly, fun, and memorable). Life is hard but it’s easy. Life is funny but it’s serious. Life is so fun but so boring. Life is crazy but also laid-back. Life is busy but it’s also idle. Life is exhausting but it’s also exciting and energetic. This is all okay and it is important to accept all the forms of life. 

Let me tell you a bit about my thoughts on “college adulting.” It is so cool and a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Let’s soak all the mischief, goofy, unforgettable moments (and major growth we do during these years) in for what they are- no matter how messy it may feel at times. I know we all walk around like everything is fine, but deep down, in our shoes, I am sure one of our socks is falling off. “College adulting” is learning to not drive with your car on “E” for days at a time. It is googling pretty much anything and everything. It is learning how to cook and fend for yourself. It is the phase where someone should probably still be taking care of us at times but we can sorta make it on our own too. It is going to bed when you don’t want to and waking up when you don’t want to but also missing your alarm sometimes and having to deal with the consequences. It is learning from your mistakes. It is getting to know who you are and what you want to be. It is constantly trying to be a true adult, but deep down inside you still feel like a child. Personally, with enough coffee, I can dress myself and use my grown-up manners but other days I simply cannot. But hey- We are all doing something right since we’re all still here! Give credit where credit is due. That is what will keep you going. Any form of adulting is hard stuff. And you know what? We just gotta own it. Own it all and take yourself as you are. Be patient. Be kind. Be positive. Be honest. Be proud. Be in the moment. Be responsible as best you can. Go easy on yourself. With “college adulting” we can say in our defense, we were left unsupervised! Our education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is ours to lead. Our college years are key moments in our lives; some of the best times of our life happen during College. We are making memories of a lifetime with people we will never forget. Let’s not give up or overdo anything because “college adulting” is a blessing in disguise. We are learning, developing, and adulting much more than we may realize. 

Kourtney Troha

Augustana '23

[Augustana College 2023 Elementary Education Major] Positivity, kindness, and simplicity- words I live by. My name is Kourtney Troha and my goal is to live with intent. Writing gives me a gateway into that as well as a purpose to my everyday life. I believe in always finding the good in everyday. I hope to reach people through my writing and to appreciate the little things as much as I can. I find joy and peace in making others happy. Some of my interests are Golfing, Writing, Cooking & Baking, and I love dogs and animals. I am excited to see what the future holds. I love meeting new people and gaining new perspectives! Opportunities to connect- Instagram: @kourttroha Vsco: @kourttro
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