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Welcome to Adulthood: A Survival Guide

By: Shawne Poplar, MA LPC-S Licensed Professional Counselor


Congratulations on becoming a new adult! While this can be an exciting time, it can also be overwhelming as you navigate the responsibilities and challenges of adulthood.


Welcome to the club where adulting is both a challenge and a wild ride. Here's a sneak peek at what you can expect in those first few years:

Making New Friends - It's a Social Jungle Out There

So, you've graduated from the comfy cocoon of high school, and now you're staring at the vast expanse of young adulthood. Brace yourself for the art of making new friends. It's like dating, but with pals. Join clubs, attend events, and don't be afraid to strike up a conversation about your weird obsession with vintage cereal box art. Trust us, there's a friend out there who'll get it.

Independence - Learning to Adult Without a Safety Net

Independence – it's like a shiny new toy you didn't know you needed until it's in your hands. Suddenly, you're the captain of your ship (or at least the captain of your laundry). Groceries, bills, and that pesky thing called taxes become part of your vocabulary. But fear not, you've got this! Embrace the chaos, and don't forget to call your parents when you need a little life advice.

Personality Makeover - Hello, Grown-Up Version of You

Remember that awkward phase in middle school when you were figuring out who you were? Well, welcome to round two! Your personality is in for a makeover. You'll surprise yourself with new interests, hobbies, and maybe a funky new haircut. Embrace the change, and don't be afraid to evolve. It's all part of becoming the awesome adult version of yourself.

Career Quest - Job Hunting and Coffee Runs

The job market is like a vast, confusing labyrinth. Resumes, interviews, and the eternal struggle of finding the perfect job. You might start with a few coffee runs, but remember, it's all stepping stones to the dream gig. Don't be discouraged by the small stuff; everyone has to start somewhere. Plus, coffee runs mean you're the unsung hero of the office – caffeine provider extraordinaire!

Budget Battles - Money Management 101

Ah, the sweet smell of financial freedom – and the looming responsibility of budgeting. Money management might feel like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube blindfolded, but fear not. Set a budget, learn to cook more than just instant noodles, and resist the urge to splurge on that fancy avocado toast every day. Your future self will thank you.


Remember, being a new adult is all about learning and growing, and it's okay to make mistakes along the way.


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