The importance of essential life skills is heightened during your collegiate career.

If you’re a college student who is worried about managing the future, post-graduation or adult world in general, let’s talk. Let’s talk about real life and real-life obstacles, because some of us seem to forget that we are ultimately on our way out of our well-known comfort zone, to say the least. 

When it comes to college, students need to remain focused on essential life skills that are going to be needed as soon as we walk across that stage at graduation. Yes, it is important that academics come first throughout our time here, but let’s also focus on what is about to come next. 

As students, there are so many things we are not told, taught or are just forgotten. Some students may still solely rely on parents to set up doctors appointments, pay taxes, manage bills or even mitigate general problem solving. I’m here to tell you that essential life skills must not be forgotten and the sooner you learn, the better off you will be.

We are the next generation to enter the real world as college graduates. If I am writing here today to tell you just one thing, it’s that no matter what your degree is, your future employer will absolutely be looking for basic life skills and general knowledge. 

Life doesn’t wait. When we graduate, we will be faced with various obstacles that we have yet to encounter as students. We will eventually need to file our own taxes, apply for an apartment or rental home, finance our budgets and live day-to-day with a handful of stress.

It’s important to remember that not everything is taught in schools, and not all knowledge is gained at home. It is up to you to obtain and come by these necessary skills on your own. 

At one point, we’ve all questioned why more essential life skills weren’t taught to us in high school before we entered the college world. We wonder why we weren’t taught general finance, like how to pay taxes, or how to budget our money. Yet, this is exactly why it is so important for our generation to take the initiative and learn ourselves. 

What is the best way to learn these skills on your own you might ask? Practice. Get out there and meet new people, learn how to communicate, learn how to pay your first cell phone bill and make that call to set up your next check-up appointment. There are so many online resources that offer advice and help you learn, such as blogs, YouTube videos and general websites.

Learn to manage your time, learn how to solve that issue that may be bugging you and learn how to budget your expenses by writing them down in a new notebook or plugging the numbers into a spreadsheet. 

Observe others around you and ask yourself, “What are they doing that may benefit me too?” or “How are they managing their time that may help me learn to manage mine?” 

Everyone has their own system of learning when it comes to “adulting,” but figuring out what is successful for other people won’t hurt when it comes to the search for your own system. Figure out what best benefits you. 

The biggest thing that has impacted my life in the best way possible, is learning how to manage my life on my own at a young age. I get it, we don’t always want to “grow up,” but sometimes, it’s worth it, and it will be valued later on. 

College is fun while it lasts, but let’s not forget the real world is waiting for us right around the corner.

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