Adulting- Everything You Need to Know

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Adulting- Everything You Need to Know

Nicole Ardovino is celebrating her 18th birthday!

Nicole Ardovino is celebrating her 18th birthday!

Nicole Ardovino

Nicole Ardovino is celebrating her 18th birthday!

Nicole Ardovino

Nicole Ardovino

Nicole Ardovino is celebrating her 18th birthday!

Zia Sampson, Managing Editor and Business Manager

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The second a teenager turns 18, a magical transformation happens. They are suddenly equipped with a good credit score, emotional stability, and clear skin. Everything in life becomes solvable with nothing more than a calm conversation or a well-worded email.

Of course, this is far from the truth. Most adults will admit that they are still figuring things out. But there are some immediate changes that greet an 18 year old, including voting. There are also some skills that, while never taught, are expected of new adults, such as how to pay taxes. There is also a first glimpse into independence.

The first and most important thing about turning 18 from an American perspective is the political responsibility of voting. This means a myriad of skills that teens might not be used to, including constant monitoring of potential candidates and forming a fully fleshed personal political opinion. With politicians like Kameela Harris already announcing their candidacy, now is the timed to start researching their policies and deciding where your beliefs lie.

Another task that is expected of adults is paying taxes, as well as knowing how to deal with federal and state returns. If you have had a part-time job before, you should already be somewhat familiar with this. And, even if you are not, that is okay because websites like Turbo Tax provide step-by-step instructions that are free and easy to follow. As long as you have necessary forms, such as the W-2 or I-99, you will be fine!

While all of this seems difficult, there are some perks to being an adult, the best being a newfound sense of independence. While you will not have a say all the time as long as you are living under your parents’ roof, there are some things you can do without permission. Buy a lottery ticket, open a savings account, get a tattoo. All of these things, which were off limits before, are now constantly available! And that is just the start of it! So many activities, like skydiving or bungee jumping, have waivers that, if they do not have a minimum age of 18, require a parent signature. Now you are free to live your own adventures!

Yes, being an adult is scary and intimidating, but it is so worth it, and no matter how under-prepared you feel, you can do it.