While perusing Buzzfeed, I came across the article “15 Things College Never Taught You About Life After Graduation“. Naturally I found it hilarious because as a senior nearing graduation myself, it couldn’t be more accurate. It goes without saying that not all lessons in life are learned in the classroom. But certain things that become extremely important once you graduate and wind up in the “real world” are not taught to people when they really should be. So I’ve compiled the most important things I felt college should teach you (with help from the list of course):
- Writing a resume. Personally I think there should be a whole course dedicated to resumes and cover letters! (CAN I GET AN AMEN?) Besides nailing your interview, nothing is more important when it comes to getting a job or an internship. If you don’t know how to do these, then there is no hope for you.
- Building your credit. Would you like to buy a car or a house at some point in your future? If your credit sucks, that will not be you. Building up your credit responsibly is extremely important, yet math class won’t teach you that.
- Doing your taxes. Now I’m really laughing because this should definitely be some sort of workshop that’s offered at college. Taxes are something you will do yearly for the rest of your life, so if you don’t know how to, then use TurboTax or H&R Block programs to help you figure out how to do.
- Acting like an adult. Now this one will most likely work through trial & error for a while because most people can’t figure it out. At some point you will realize you can’t go out drinking the night before you have a big presentation at work or that you’ll have to clean up after yourself and do your own laundry. Maybe I’m a little wise beyond my own years, but I don’t feel bad for people who can’t grow up.
Read the list, laugh at it and prepare yourself for some of those things. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it. I’m 22 years old and I’m still learning how to properly save my money…it’s not something you’ll learn overnight.