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10 Things They Don’t Tell You About Adulting

Throughout my life I waited and waited until my next birthday arrived, watched 13 going on 30 and dreamed of the day I would have my #girlboss career. Going to college, driving, , moving away from home, were all such milestones in my life and they were surreal when they were happening. These were the moments I was waiting for. Don’t get me wrong I’m still waiting for so many more moments, but in the mean time. I’m going to write about my struggles because  #adulting is far from easy and I’m sure we all can relate.

  1. Paying bills. Yes, some people use the slang for money as “dolla bills” but it’s quite literal, you’re paying bills with the bills you don’t already have. Aka, no more party time when you get a paycheck because it goes straight to your well being (food, apartment, car, phone, etc.). You think see it coming, but you really don’t- at all. Reality sets in hard.
  2. Going through a hurricane all by yourself. You can tell that many collegiate students were all going through it alone because of all the Facebook Events #goodbyeIrma. But truly, it’s pretty scary when you have to do something alone when you’re so used to doing it family.
  3. Responsibility. The anxiety from being left alone in the line at the grocery store when your mom goes to “get something” and she comes back 3 years later is no longer there. This is a new anxiety called “adulting”. You have to schedule your own doctor, dentist, eye, everything appointments – and cancellations *cringe*. Although it sounds absurd, you have to remember to feed your self amidst the chaos of your new life. Responsibility on a whole new level.
  4. The stress you must endure during the time you left home to the time you get back wondering if you forgot to turn off the iron, or blow out the candle, or do something somehow wrong with your crockpot.
  5. Independence = amazing.
  6. People are still immature, even hostile at some point. Just like high school, people will come and go in your life and you just have to realize that’s just the way it is and accept it. As long as you don’t let lost friendships bring you down.
  7. Multi tasking will become your best friend. Time management is almost as important as taking a shower, you have to do it every day. Learning what works best for you takes time- oh the joy of growing older.
  8. Finding a job you want to partake in for the rest of your life isn’t easy. Of course things don’t just fall out of the sky when you want them to, but good things really do take time. Allow yourself to figure it out, even though most of the time no one really has it figured out at all.
  9. Changing is something that occurs often and that’s okay. If you’re not giddy when something changes like me, it will be difficult. The best way to get through change is taking it as a new opportunity to grow more and accept what is to come.
  10. It’s an adventure. It’s filled with laughter, sobs (a mix of both), traveling, new jobs, new people, new classes, #treatingyoself, and life. It’s something so bittersweet, so exciting, so thrilling. Enjoy it. CHEERS TO THAT! 

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Alexa, otherwise known as "Alexa Wexa" is a senior Psychology major pursuing a minor in Public Relations and Communications. As the Co-Event Director of HCUCF she loves creating and planning events for the wonderful writers on the team. In pursuit of making time last, you can find her at Disney or driving around Orlando for the best food, coffee, and photo ops.
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