I came up with this list from pure personal experience. It only touches on a very small amount of things that you learn when entering into true adulthood. I of course did some research on what other people had on their list and some of them were pretty ridiculous, saying you should know how to pair wine to your meal or “dance like and adult”. Truth be told none of that matters until your over 30, if ever. So I hope these tips will help you in some way and always feel free to leave comments with tips of your own.
Grocery shop with coupons and get a Brookshire’s card so for every 100 pts you get .10 cents off every gallon of gas you buy
$1 or 2 adds up when your getting a snack at the gas station every day. Think $30/month ($360/yr)!
Stay in touch with close family members because they will help you in the middle of the night when you are stranded cause your car broke down or insert situation.
Amazon is a friend and an enemy. As a college student you get Amazon prime at a discounted rate. BUT! Take some time before confirming your purchase to plan exactly what you will do with said purchase and decide if it is really worth it, even though you get free shipping.
All your textbooks come in ebooks but know yourself and whether you like to underline and highlight things in chapters because it may be better just to order the real thing. Your grade matters more than a couple extra spent bucks.
Time Management is one of the hardest things and will probably always be. Be careful about your work schedule and your extra school activities and that you schedule some much-needed time to yourself at least twice a week. It is very easy to think you can take on everything. Say no when you just cannot take on anything else, they will get over it.
Learn to cook. But more importantly eat healthy whether you eat out or at the house. You need the energy to go go go and your freshman 15 won’t happen. This does include alcohol.
Avoid any student loans. Work and save because you don’t want to be making 40,0000+ a year but most of it go to your school that you aren’t in anymore and it stops you from building your dream home or going on a trip somewhere.
Experiences don’t have to cost much. Going to the lake or having a cook out where people pitch in for costs can be just as memorable. If you want to travel, try a study abroad for the summer or mission trip where you can get stuff done and also see the world.
Subscribe to the How to Adult page on YouTube. It tells you some good stuff.
This past week I had the privilege of exploring the beautiful town, Lake City, in Colorado for a second time. I can’t explain how fortunate I am to be able to visit this town a often as I want. My husband’s family has had a cabin there for generations of family members to enjoy.
This time was different in that since I had traveled there before, I had in mind some of the things I did not get to do the last time. Turns out that my sister-in-law and her husband had the same thought. We decided to conquer one of the mountains near by (Uncompahgre Peak).
I went into the journey thinking “oh, i’m pretty fit. I’ve been doing bleachers. I’ve got this.” Apparently this mountain is not just any mountain. It is a 14er. Meaning that it is over 14,000 ft above sea level. The tallest hike I had ever accomplished was 2,000 feet. Needless to say I was pretty concerned. Many people experience altitude sickness, fatigue, and dehydration when hiking a mountain this tall for the first time. My husband and I proceeded to stock up on bottles of oxygen which I did not know existed. We also packed water and snacks and any other things we could possibly need in case we got stranded on this dangerous adventure.
So, we started up the mountain. We took it slow which was a good idea because we wanted to make sure we were aware of any signs of altitude sickness. As we progressed we started to realize how achievable this actually was until we looked up and saw what is called a “scramble” according to seasoned mountaineers. At that point we were well over 14,000 ft. We are now faced with a choice stay at the top of the “safe zone” or truck on up the sketchy wobbly rocks. Just for the record all four of us are pretty determined people. So, we decided to continue because we weren’t going to let a silly little scramble get in the way of us reaching the top.
Little did we know that after we reached the top of that scramble there was still another half a mile (what it felt like but may not be accurate) of trail up to the actual peak. We all almost stopped at the top of the scramble. We started to sit and everything. By that point we were far enough, right? No. I see my sister in law’s husband start to walk up. He was not giving up. I am usually the last one standing due to determination but luckily someone else stepped up and drug us to the top of that peak. The satisfaction of actually making it to the top was probably all I needed but the icing on top of that mountain was the view. I would never try to describe it, so below is a taste. To anyone who does not usually climb mountains, I highly suggest that you do your research and try out a hike at least once. Also check the difficulty which should be labeled by class. Uncompahgre is a hard class 2/ easy class 3. P.S. The bleachers did not stop the soreness but it was still worth it.