Blogmas Day 12: Things I’m Bad At As An Adult

First, I apologize for missing the past two days of Blogmas. As you can imagine, trying to blog every single day can get pretty taxing, especially if you’re already on a full-time work schedule and all you want to do at the end of every work day is nothing.

The other day, I was talking to a friend at work, and he asked me what my work schedule was now that school is out for winter break. When I told him I’m basically working 8 to 5 everyday, the normal full time work schedule, he was in disbelief, and followed his shock with “Wow, you’re such an adult.” To this, I shrunk into my chair and exclaimed, “I AM NOT,” even though I am well aware that at this point I’m pretty much well underway in my foray into adulthood. While I am assuming all of the normal adult responsibilities pretty well – things like paying bills, doing taxes, and working full time – there are still so many things that I am bad at as an adult, as I’m sure many other budding adults are bad at as well. Hopefully you all can relate to some of this stuff, because there’s no such thing as a perfect adult – at least that’s what I’m trying to tell myself to feel better. Anyway, here are a few things I’m bad at as an adult.

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If You’re Still In School, Read This

For the past two years, I’ve told people that I’m “almost done with school” or “hopefully graduating.” Whenever I said either of those things, my voice was tinged with excitement and restlessness, despite the fact that my graduation kept getting pushed back further and further. Now that I’m actually (for real this time) about to graduate, I almost find myself dreading my last day of classes.

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An Open Letter to All Twenty-Somethings

You’re in your twenties, either getting ready to finish up college, or already have your undergraduate degree under your belt. Maybe graduation seems too far away to even think about right now, or maybe continuing your education seems like a far reach for you at this point. Maybe you’re working and supporting yourself, looking for something else, something more, but ultimately find yourself at a dead end, stuck with nowhere to go. No matter which circumstance you are in, I would just like to let you know that everything is going to be okay.

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Grown Up Adventures: Jury Duty, Insurance Coverage, and Realizing I’m Good Enough

As soon as I moved out on my own a few months ago, I prepared myself for the onslaught of “grown up” responsibilities – cutting rent and utility checks every month, tightening my budget, paying credit card bills, et cetera. I was prepared for these monetary related responsibilities, but I never expected the opportunities and experiences that would come about that would slap me in the face with adulthood.

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Grown Up Adventures: Living On My Own

For those of you who don’t know, on March 15 of this year, I signed the lease to rent a room in a house in Pomona, and about a week later, I officially left the Glendora nest and moved into my new place. Since moving out, I have been noticing little things here and there about living on my own that remind me about how much of a full-fledged adult I’m suddenly starting to become (* doubles over and sobs into a corner*).

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Grown Up Adventures: Interview Tips

Another school year is coming to a close, which for many people my age means that it’s high time to start looking for jobs. The actual process of applying for jobs – editing your resume, typing and retyping cover letters, filling out applications that basically ask for the information that you already provided on your resume, etc. – can be profoundly tiresome as you fight every urge of retreating to Netflix and calling it a day. And then the waiting game begins. And then by some miracle, out of the dozens of applications you have submitted, you manage to get one interview. You’re elated, ecstatic that there is at least one employer, one beacon of hope, out there that is willing to give you a chance to prove yourself worthy of an entry level position. And then it hits you – what if this interview goes awry? Will anyone else call you back? Will you have to go back to square one and keep submitting your edited-to-death-resume to more and more companies? What if no one hires you? Your entire future is riding on this one interview, and you can’t help but feel a little more than mildly overwhelmed with the whole situation. As someone who has sat on both sides of the interview, these are a few things I have learned over the past few years that should be remembered before, during, and after an interview.

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Growing Up

As children, the idea of growing up seems like the most exciting thing in the world. We were always told things like “you’ll understand when you’re older” and bombarded by images of fun activities that we were told only grown ups could do. We thought Peter Pan was out of his mind for never wanting to grow up. But as every year passes by and we get older and older, we start to understand where Peter was coming from, never wanting to grow up.

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