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10 Myths About Adulthood That'll Make You Want To Confront The Grown-Ups In Your Life

ByJasmine Vaughn-Hall
Why the heck were you so eager to grow up? Yeah, that level of independence was admirable as a kid, but seriously, what were you thinking? You heard the moans and groans about adulthood from the grown-ups around you, yet you were convinced our…

Can We All Agree That The Worst Thing About Adulthood Is Living Off Campus?

ByCandace Butera
Candace Butera is a graduating senior at Northwestern University, majoring in Journalism and Legal Studies. After graduation, she'll be moving to Washington D.C. and away from her beloved Evanston, Illinois campus. In about a month, I’m heading…

8 Reasons Why Being 19 Is Your Hardest Year

ByRachel Chapman
Adulting is hard. It's especially hard when you're thrown into it before you're even ready. This is exactly what being 19 is like. You're no longer a teenager safely under your parents' wings. You're thrown out of the nest and told to fly. So,…

5 Ways Being Bullied As A Child Affects Every Aspect Of Your Life In Your 20s

ByNikhita Mahtani
If you weren't one of the "cool kids" in school, you probably remember what it felt like to be bullied. It was a painful process, and it makes you doubt yourself and your abilities. You often felt like you weren't good enough, and it made you shy…

10 Signs You're Finally Growing Up, Whether You Like It Or Not

ByUnwritten
Sadly, we can't stay “little” forever, even though life may seem easier that way. We all grow up eventually, and sometimes, it's hard to embrace our transition into adulthood. Even though I'm only 20, I've begun to experience serious growing pains.…

5 Childhood Punishments That Are Now Your Adulthood Goals

ByUnwritten
When I was a kid, it seemed my siblings and I would get in trouble all the time. I remember crying when my toys were taken away and pouting in the living room while everyone played outside. But now, man what I wouldn't give for that to be my life.…

9 Hilarious Podcasts To Make You Feel Better About Being A Terrible Adult

ByRosebud Baker
Unfortunately, there's no 12-step program for people who suck at everything. The good news is, there's probably a hilarious podcast out there that will make you feel better about the part of life you suck at most. And if a podcast is really going…

If You Can Relate To These 5 Signs, You've Officially Entered Adulthood

ByKatie Mather
The transition to growing up is a smooth one. There's no final milestone or hurdle of childhood to cross that earns you a “congratulations, you're an adult” sticker. You're not awarded a "Certificate of Maturity" that identifies you as a real deal…

The Age You Stop Buying IKEA Furniture Proves It Takes Time To Start Adulting

ByHope Schreiber
I'll stop shopping at IKEA when you pry my Swedish meatballs out of my cold, dead hands! I'll admit I'm a fan of IKEA, and not just because of those sweet, sweet meaty balls covered in gravy and lingonberry jam. That said, I do warn all of my…

Why Being An Only Child Has Helped Me Become A Better Adult

ByZoya Gervis
For some reason, only children are constantly getting a bad rap. We're selfish, entitled, spoiled and bratty. I'm sure the list goes on, but I don't have the energy to think of it all. From childhood, we're faced with stereotypical judgements from…

3 Ways We Sabotage Our Journey Toward Adulthood

ByZoya Gervis
When we hit a certain point in our late 20s we begin to think we're better at adulting than we were in our early 20s. While we most likely have better jobs and are more secure with who we are, there are many situations that remind us just how…

7 Millennial-Sized Tips To Manage Your Money And Crush Adulthood

ByAllison Kuehn
We've all been there when we check our bank account statement and see a much lower number than we had anticipated (or even in the negatives in worst case scenarios). Some people seem to have an inherent knack for saving money while others are…

Why Losing Your Sense Of Home Is Necessary On The Road To Adulthood

ByEleni Theo
The years between being a teenager and becoming an independent adult are a time of shifting homes and self-exploration. Many young adults leave their childhood homes to attend university, forced to create a new temporary home. They grow and their…

Feel Better About Adulthood, Science Says You're Happier The Older You Get

ByTalia Koren
You might think if you're not happy in life now, you might never be. It kind of makes sense. As we get older, our bodies start to hurt more. Responsibilities pile up. Maybe we have regrets. Contrary to that belief, scientists have proved happiness…

8 Life-Saving Mobile Apps To Help Make Adulthood Less Brutal

ByDeborah Danan
After graduating from college, it might feel like you missed a few important lessons about the real world. Fear not -- every one of us has experienced that overwhelming feeling of "what now?!" after getting spit out from the comforts of home and…

This Instagram Account Perfectly Captures How Stressful Adulthood Is

ByRobert Anthony
At this point, most of us have fully entered adulthood against our own will. Growing up wishing we were adults with responsibilities has finally come back around to kick us in the ass. Hey, you know what they say: Be careful what you wish…

17 Post-Grad Truths You Need To Accept So Adulthood Won't Be A Letdown

ByDian Tinio
Post-grad is the time of your life, huh? This is the time you'll finally live the life you've always wanted for yourself. It's the time you'll finally fulfill all those dreams written in every corner of your fragile heart. It's the time you'll…

3 Things You Have To Know Before Graduation To Survive Adulthood

BySelin Celebi
Graduating from college is a really weird feeling. In a way, it's surreal and exhilarating. It's also that turning point in your life where you feel like you have to be someone and go somewhere. You need to be someone with a title, a status and an…

6 Ways Growing Up With An Alcoholic Parent Shapes You In Adulthood

ByMelanie Lindsay
Growing up as a child of an alcoholic parent has influenced me in more ways than I care to admit. Back in college, when I first began delving into the comprehensive research available on this topic, I was amazed at how deeply it…

5 Ways Reading 'Harry Potter' Reassured Me That Adulthood Would Be Okay

BySyrah London
With a new publication being announced and the opening of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" in California this year, the magical wizard and his crew are back in full force. I’ll be the first to admit I had no interest in reading the books when…

The Viral Letter That Got A Yelp Employee Fired Just Shows Her Immaturity

ByTalia Koren
People love to play the blame game. Most do it privately, but others -- like a customer service staffer for Yelp/Eat24, Talia Jane -- choose to do it publicly. Her digital open letter, addressed to Jeremy Stoppleman, CEO of Yelp, gained viral…

6 Reasons Staying Positive Is The Only Way To Make It Through Adulthood

ByAbhishek Shah
In the ever-changing, fast-paced world of technology and deadlines, one cannot expect things to always go smoothly. Also, there is no way one can really be in a saintly mode while dealing with daily crap. Negative thoughts, anxiety and hopelessness…

Why A College Degree Isn't A Ticket To Mastering Adulthood

ByLauraBess Kenny
I was always under the assumption that after graduating from college, I would officially be a grown up. I would be confident. I would be powerful. I would have my life under control. I would stop spending money on frivolous things just because they…

Naptime Is Necessary: 9 Ways Preschool Taught Us How To Survive Adulthood

ByMorgan Elyse
Ah, preschool. This is a throwback to the days when we were just crazy little kids with huge imaginations and even bigger hearts, running around without a care in the world. When you were in preschool, your biggest concern was having to share your…

10 Christmas Traditions Millennials Plan On Continuing In Adulthood

ByKaitlyn Beck
The holidays are such a joyful time. Aside from being finished with final exams and a whole semester of bullsh*t work, the season is filled with pure bliss. Even the grinchiest of people can't deny the excitement inflicted from ABC's 25 Days of…

Not Feeling 22: Why Almost-Adulthood Is The Worst Time Of Our Lives

ByAlexandra Napoli
In summation, it's awkward. You're not really sure where you belong. You just graduated from college, and college rocked. You had your close friends, your place to hang out on campus, your favorite bar, your apartment or downtown house and your…

43 Signs You're At The Peak Of Adulthood Before Even Turning 30

ByNiki McGloster
Obsessing over staying young forever is childish. No judgment, but why not grow up? If you thought you reached adulthood somewhere between curfew-less campus life and graduation, think again. Life post-degree matures you in ways you don't recognize…

Trying Out Adulthood: Why The 'Early 20s Crisis' Is Definitely A Thing

ByLeanne Quinn
When you hear the term "life crisis," you might envision a man in his mid-40s, who has just decided to ditch his career, buy a swanky Lamborghini and move to the Bahamas. Well, I'm here to tell you a life crisis no longer exclusively applies to the…

How My Struggle With Childhood Bulimia Followed Me Into Adulthood

ByArielle Lana LeJarde
When we hear the phrase “mental illness,” the first things we think of are depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. While these are all very valid and real examples of mental illness, eating disorders sometimes get forgotten. This is kind of crazy…

Why Post-Grad Life Is The No Man's Land Of Adulthood

ByAlexia LaFata
A couple months ago, I was having dinner with a friend in a bougie restaurant in NYC. I had just graduated from college and began a job in the city, and, in an attempt to establish myself as a real grownup, I was working my way through a list of…

Adulthood Is No Joke: How To Make The Transition From Kid To Grownup

ByColleen Woodward
When we’re in middle school (aka, the worst most hormonal years of our lives), we’re constantly wishing we were grown up. Whether it’s dreaming of our senior years of high school, or making it to the wonderful age of 21 when we can booze up and hit…

5 Ways To Be More Self-Aware As A 20-Something Kid Entering Adulthood

ByLizzie Mulherin
For those of us Millennials born in 1990, this year marks the oh-so-significant milestone of clocking a quarter-century old. (It also marks the 18th birthday of "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls, just to make you feel really old.) We are now officially…

It's Too Soon: 16 Signs You're Ready To Quit Adulthood Like Right Now

ByDan Scotti
After turning 21, I don't think many people look forward to getting older. Sure, there are a few milestones to be excited for -- things like getting married, having children or becoming a grandparent -- but for the most part, growing up has the…

Why You Should Be Less Of A Control Freak On The Road To Adulthood

ByMegan Mann
I never thought I would go to college. I thought would be this crazy, bohemian globetrotter who wrote in cafés around the world. I would wear rings on almost every polished finger and tap my pen against my journal. I would watch the people around me…

How These Childhood TV Shows Secretly Taught You Adulthood Essentials

ByJessica Wendroff
Television shows in the 90s occupied a massive chunk of Gen-Y’s adolescence. These shows were our electronic babysitters who made us laugh, learn and fall in love with characters and repetitive plots on a daily basis. As children, we were too busy…

How Dr. Seuss Continues To Inspire This Generation Well Into Adulthood

BySara Uzer
March 2 is The National Education Association (NEA)'s 18th annual Read Across America Day. This day not only honors the joy and significance of reading, but it is also the birthday of highly-adored author Dr. Seuss. Additionally, NEA Secretary…

How Transitioning Into Adulthood Feels Like An Unexpected Pop Quiz

ByMadison Rae
It has taken me 22 years to realize that my last 22 years have not exactly prepared me for the grueling transition into adulthood. You know that act you pull when class begins and the professor whips out a pop quiz? I'll doodle a bit and take my…

10 Lessons From Roald Dahl Books That Prepared Us For Adulthood

ByPauline Morrissey
When I was little, I wanted more than anything to live within the pages of a Roald Dahl book, where chocolate ran in rivers and giant peaches were a form of transportation. Roald Dahl wrote many children's books that came to impact readers of all…

5 Childhood Fall Traditions That Should Be Perfectly Acceptable To Carry Into Adulthood

ByEmma Webster
Fall is, hands down, the best season at any age. However, as I get a little older, I've realized that there are certain expectations of which activities you should and should not partake in as an adult. Apparently, some of the fall fun I had as a…

7 Crucial Words Of Advice For Every Soon-To-Be 18-Year-Old Entering Into Adulthood

ByUmeshi Rajeendra
Turning 18 years old is a stepping-stone toward adulthood — legally, socially, politically and economically. For those who are about to become of legal age, I am sure you’re anxious to do so and excited about everything 18-year-olds do. Some of you,…

The Rites Of Passage Every Millennial Experiences In The Quest For Adulthood

ByLauren Martin
Forget the Bar Mitzvah, let go of the Quinceañera and definitely toss aside your communion, graduation and engagement. These are all superficial milestones, reasons to party and celebrate so your parents could prove they didn't kill you and you are…

Welcome To Adulthood, Why You Should Stop Calling Yourself A Post-Grad

ByEmily Ascani
I understand that as long as you exist after graduating from college, you can technically consider yourself a post-grad. But, at some point, you must realize that it’s time for you to sew a big “A” on your oversized H&M sweater and admit you’re just…