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College represents a valuable transition point between childhood and adulthood. It is a time of having far more freedom than you may have had in high school, but more external disciplines and structure imposed on you than you may have in adulthood. College also represents a time when you have far more ability to make decisions for yourself, but they are not always good ones. Here are 3 college avoidance behaviors that adults should abandon.

Lack of a Comprehensive Budget
Many college students receive a financial allotment at the beginning of the semester or term that had to last them several months. Generally, however, by the end of the semester or term, they are often broke. Sometimes, they blow the entire allotment right at the beginning and are broke long before the semester or term ends. As an adult, however, you not only need to make sure all of your monthly expenses are covered, but itís also time to start thinking about things like retirement and possibly even a college fund for your own children. If you have a steady job, you will most likely also get paid vacations. A solid budget can help ensure that when vacation time rolls around, you actually have the money to go somewhere.

Lack of Proper Furniture and Decor
As a college student, you probably made do with whatever furniture was available. You may have even had blow-up furniture or used bean-bags or exercise balls as seating. Decor might have also consisted of lighted beer signs or other kitsch you picked up along the way. As an adult, however, itís time to turn your ďpadĒ into an actual home. This can include investing in dining room furniture to invite guests over and dine like adults. Even if you donít invite guests over, it might also be time to stop eating at the coffee table in front of the TV and sit down to a proper meal. Even if you donít have a big budget to work with, you can get what you need piece by piece or look into every dining room furniture sale that comes along to see if thereís something that will work for you.

Lack of a Schedule
In college, your schedule may have largely been determined by your classes or social events. In fact, your schedule may have even changed on a dime depending on what was happening at the time. As an adult, however, your priorities need to shift away from getting the most out of your social life and towards being your most productive. Having a consistent daily schedule which includes going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time will help you give your best at work.

There is no doubt that putting aside some of your college behaviors can be painful, but there is also much to be gained by doing so. Most post-college aged people want to be viewed and respected as an adult. In order to gain that respect, however, you have to stop acting like a college student.
Posted By: Brooke Chaplan
Friday, September 14th 2018 at 5:27PM
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