Graduation and paying bills, how fun

So, I’m just supposed to know how to adult?

Sami Geiger

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May 5, 2021

SUBMITTED FROM UNSPLASH The sweet sight of caps and gowns for graduation

High school was nothing like how “High School Musical” was. I, it didn’t prepare me for college, didn’t teach me how to pay my own taxes and the teachers were way too dramatic on how college professors were going to be.

Oh, and there weren’t any spontaneous musical break-outs. 

Now, having gone through four years of college and graduating in approximately 80 days, it’s been a mix of emotional breakdowns, endless empty booze bottles and the professors are way more chill than how everyone makes them out to be. 

Oh, and still no musical numbers in the middle of campus. 

So, now what? Am I supposed to know how to adult? 

I have to pay bills, work a full-time job in a field I spent four years learning about and actually know a thing or two about fixing things on my car. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to not being in a classroom listening to someone lecture for an hour and 15fifteen minutes. But, I feel like I’m not adult enough to make it in the real world. 

Let me prove it to you: I don’t know how to take out a loan, I have no idea how to negotiate a good price for a car and I still sometimes ask what type of gas goes into said car. 

I just made myself seem stupid like I don’t know how to do anything. Truth is, I have doubts about myself and if I will do well in the real world. 

But, I know that everyone else in their second semester senior year is feeling the same things I am feeling. 

I mean everything feels like it’s moving at such a fast pace. Finding an apartment isn’t exactly rocket science, but it sure isn’t easy. 

Which, by the way, are way more expensive nowadays. I don’t want to live paycheck to paycheck but I have a feeling it might happen. I know I’ll get through it and make it out okay just like I always do, but it will be stressful. 

What nobody tells you is how much college doesn’t prepare you for what to expect in the non-college life world, the adulting world. 

The only thing college truly prepares you for is how to do well in your field of choice, which I suppose is why you go there. 

But seriously, what else does college teach you? How to get absolutely hammered on a Wednesday night and wake up eight hours later for your 8 a.m. class? Only speaking from experience. 

Although, college has also taught me the value of going to bed at 9 p.m. and getting a full twelve hours of sleep. If you are asking me I’d much rather do that than get drunk. 

Maybe I am ready for the real world, after all, I love going to bed at a reasonable time, I already pay bills as it is, but let’s just add some student loans on top of that. I already know how to keep an apartment clean and take care of myself. 

All that’s next is working a full-time job. I can handle that, I’ve worked full-time jobs before. 

Look, I may be freaking out about entering the adult world, but I am mostly looking forward to it. They say college is the best four years of your young adult life and I couldn’t agree more. While there are lows there’s always a high right behind them.

Although it would’ve been cool for a spontaneous musical number in the middle of campus like in “High School Musical,” guess that’s asking too much. 

Anyways, as we head into our last 80 some days before graduation, enjoy every moment because before we know it, it’ll be all over. 

Geiger can be reached at [email protected].