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Woo! You’re in! Welcome to adulthood — a mysterious land where you suddenly need to get your sh*t together and you’re probably absolutely clueless about how to do so. Sounds fun, right?
Throughout the transition from the teenage dream to the uncertain, daunting and frighteningly-independent phase of adulthood, many of us often are consumed by confusion, anxiety and stress. That’s why we’re here. And it’s exactly why we created onomy in the first place!
Most of us manage to surpass this perplexing period through the ‘fake it ’til ya make it’ method, getting advice from parents, friends or nowadays strangers on the internet (hi!). We thought you could use a bit of a cheat sheet, because millennials and gen z have enough going on, and sometimes a little help is necessary.
In order to help you out with becoming a real adult instead of a kid disguised as an adult, we’ve put together this Ultimate Guide to Adulthood. Here are a compilation of resources to teach you what you need to know (and clue you in on some of the things you might not know you need to know!):
1. How to find a place to live on your own
Whether you’re actually living alone by yourself in a studio apartment or have a few roomies to help lift the burden of rent, you are actually going to have to move out of your parents place at some point. Or not, TBH you’d probably save a lot more money sticking with them if they’ll let you, but that’s not an option for everyone.
As exciting as it may seem, there are a LOT of things that need to be taken care of when you first move into your apartment. From paying rent to figuring out how many times a week you need to do laundry. Here are certain answers to the most obvious questions everyone has but are sometimes too afraid to ask:
- How to find your first apartment
- Must-knows when renting an apartment
- How to shop for groceries
- How to do your laundry
- How to budget for your living expenses
- Things to consider when moving in
2. How to manage your personal finances
Taking care of your personal finance is a huge element of adulthood. When you know how to manage your money properly, you’re going to feel a lot less stressed, which makes being an adult a whole lot easier.
Whether you’re someone who has just graduated from university or someone who’s still figuring out where they spent all their money (also known as, college students), there are plenty of ways in which you can save money or even make a little extra:
- Why you need to budget & how to start
- How to set financial goals
- How to set up an emergency fund
- How to do your own taxes
- How much of your salary should you save
- Simple budgeting apps to manage your finances
3. How to take care of your health
As an adult, you have to make sure you know how to take care of your health since your mom won’t be calling in for your appointments anymore (or maybe she will and that’s very nice of her.) But hey, if you don’t have anyone nagging you to visit the doctor – you still need to make time for it.
Make it a habit to undergo checkups at least every 3-6 months, maintain a balanced diet and take time out for exercise. Here are some things you should keep in mind when it comes to your health — and don’t worry, don’t forget the most daunting thing of all… HEALTHCARE:
- Health care providers
- What is health insurance?
- How to get free therapy
- How to make a doctors appointment
- How to pick a health insurance plan
- How to manager stress & anxiety
4. How to handle emergencies
While you’re working day in and day out towards making rational ‘adult’ decisions, you might find yourself in a mess from time to time. It happens to the best of us and there’s pretty much no way to avoid some of the emergencies you’ll run into as an adult, here’s a short list of some of the most common things to be prepared for:
- How to build an emergency fund
- What to do when you get pulled over by the cops
- Things to keep inside your car at all times
- What to do if you choke
5. How to find a job or career
Finding a job is the most crucial and stressful part of being an adult. The rewards of financial independence or an individual identity don’t come that easily, and there’s a lot more you’ve got to do apart from getting that degree. Here are a couple of pointers to help you plan your career:
- Job hunting: where to start
- How to build your resume
- How to use LinkedIn to find a job
- Networking 101
- How to nail an interview
- New job starter pack
6. How to start traveling
And now we’re finally at the fun part of adulthood! With all that newfound independence, you can finally do whatever you want when you want. For a lot of people, that means having the ability to travel and explore new destinations. Here are some travel essentials to get you started on your journey (wherever you’re headed!):
- 3 budget travel tips you should know
- Ultimate Packing List
- How to apply for a passport
- How to make a travel budget
- How to create an itinerary
And hey if you don’t want to jump on a big jet plane and go see the world, that’s okay. Now that you’re an adult you can do whatever you want!
Final piece of advice:
Growing up can be scary, whether it’s pressure from work, friends, family or just the overall demands of everyday life, we’re all in this together. Never be afraid to reach out to your friends, family or even us if you need help navigating something else in your adult life. We want to hear what you need!
A little help is a sure ‘short-cut’ into adulthood.
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