How to Adult

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How to Adult

-The first Steps

Teens often complain that adults treat them like children, but most teens don’t know where to start when trying to act like an adult. Young people go off to college and gain the fabled freshman fifteen, spend all their money, and only do laundry when they go home so their mom can do it. They often only clean their dorm room at the end of the year when they move out of it. Bottom line is, teens want to be treated as adults but there are some things that you just don’t do as a teen at home that you have to do as a functioning adult. So here is some advice from a fellow soon-to-be adult.

In order to be treated as an adult, you have to appear as if you have your life put together. You could be running a multi-million dollar business out of a mansion you build by hand and it doesn’t matter if you walk in with coffee on your shirt and headphones in. Presentation is everything. It’s like when you have a project due in biology and you wait until the night before. Perhaps you spend a little extra time on the PowerPoint to cover up the fact that your research consisted of flipping through your little sister’s copy of National Geographic Kids at one in the morning. Much like that bio presentation, there are a few key things that can make you seem like a more authentic “adult.” One of those is being on time, or having a really good reason for the occasional time when you’re late. If you set your alarm thinking “I only need 10 minutes to get there so I can get up 20 minutes before and be fine,” it will not be fine. You will probably run in 10 minutes late, breathing heavy and blabbing about traffic. You know yourself, if it takes you five minutes to pick the perfect music for a two-minute drive, get up earlier.

Physical appearance is also a big one. Have you ever seen a lawyer go to court in pajama pants and a beat up sweatshirt? No. There’s a reason for that. The term “real clothes” refers to jeans or pants and a shirt that cannot be worn for athletics or sleeping. “Real clothes” should be worn to important things like job interviews, job shadows, internships, work, and (probably) dates. You will seem more put together if you wear jeans instead of your *favorite* (aka well-worn or beat up) sweatpants, however emotionally attached you may be to them. A nice comb or shampoo through your hair once in a while couldn’t hurt either. People will assume that if you have the time and motivation to look decent, you have time and motivation to do something with your life, even if you don’t. In reality, all you have to do is, fake it til you make it. And if you don’t make it, you better fake it well enough that people won’t notice, and then maybe take those newly found acting skills and try to score an infomercial or a soap opera for some money to live on.