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10 Lessons Learned When Reaching Adulthood

            This past week, I turned eighteen. I am officially an adult now—I can vote, get a tattoo, buy a lottery ticket, get a Costco membership, gamble etc. According to the law, I am a grown up, so this made me think back to when I was a kid and what I thought of adulthood then. When I was in elementary school, my expectations and perceptions of what being a “grown up” would be like were very different than reality. Below is a list of my misconceptions and realizations of adulthood.

 

1.     People don’t actually sing about everything they are doing the way Disney did it

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2.     Summer jobs are rarely as exciting as High School Musical 2 makes them seem

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3.     Missing school because you’re sick isn’t fun anymore

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4.     You no longer wake up at five in the morning for your birthday

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5.     Getting your license is as fun as it seems

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6.     Mom and dad lied, spinach doesn’t actually make it easier to see fairies

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7.     But they also told the truth–there in fact are not any monsters under your bed or behind your shower curtain

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8.     Unlike Cinderella, you actually don’t usually get married to a prince when you’re 16

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9.     Being able to jump to the fourth rung on the monkey bars is no longer a qualification for being cool

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10.  Clowns are still terrifying 

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Isa Barrengos is a freshman at Bates College from Northern California. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, watching 30 Rock and taking ugly selfies on other people's phones.
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