So here are some things I have learned about being a real adult:
1. Life is expensive!
Living on student loans means that I think of every single purchase in terms of how long it will take me to pay the federal government back for that item. And everything is so expensive. Rent, electricity, internet, food, textbooks. I'm often surprised I don't get a bill in the mail for all the air I'm breathing.
|This right here is a major splurge|
2. If you go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, you will leave with way too much food.
Sometimes I don't even remember putting the stuff in the cart. It's like my growling stomach took over and did the shopping for me. I get home dazed, confused, and holding cookies, two frozen pizzas, and a dozen ice cream sandwiches.
|Sure, I never eat applesauce, but I'll start, right?|
|Yeah, the laundry pile is taller than I am, but I still have a couple pairs of clean underwear, so I'm good|
4. You can meet a lot of different people on the city bus.
I once overheard two guys discussing the best places to buy drugs.
Another time, a guy I'd never met told me he likes when he "gets to see" me on the bus.
There's a homeless guy named Michael who tells me all of his views on religion and philosophy.
And of course, there's a guy who speaks to me in Spanish and gave me an orange one time, which was pretty cool.
From college students and professors to homeless people, you never know who you're going to meet on the bus.
|Plus, if you take the bus down to the end of the line, you can just take a nap|
5. Staying at your undergrad institution for grad school is really, super weird without your friends around.
I thought it would be cool to stay at my Alma Mater for grad school. After all, I know the school, I know the city, and I have tons of friends, right?
Well, although I love grad school, it turns out that a lot of what I loved about the school and the city in undergrad was my friends. And most of them moved away. They're in Texas, California, Washington, etc, and I'm trying to branch out and make new friends in the city I'd already lived in for four years.
|Incidentally, this is the best show to watch when you miss all your friends|
I have loads of homework, so other lessons about adulthood will have to wait for a later post.
For anyone else struggling with being a "real adult," good luck!