Almost a year out of Pepperdine, I’ve been finding more and more that I am actually quite unprepared for the real world and am left to wonder: For such an expensive education (thanks Dad), why didn’t I learn any of this stuff in college? Why wasn’t there some sort of Home-Ec 101 type class where they teach the fundamentals of existing as a young adult? Shouldn’t that have been a requirement? A “Get Your Shit Together” course would be far more beneficial than 3 levels of Humanities…
So, basically, here is a non-exhaustive little list of exactly what I wish I had learned in undergrad:
How To Fix Just About Anything Car Related
Jumping a battery, fixing a flat, hell even filling my tires with air. I am 23 years old and have no idea how to take care of my car– laugh all you want. Heaven forbid some light comes on someday or I get stuck on the side of the road. I will just end it all right then and there. Goodbye cruel world.
How To Make New Friends
Not even kidding. How the hell do you meet people after college? I am the youngest person in my office by about 25 years, I have zero interest in joining a softball league and all the church small groups are full. The only new friends I’ve made since graduating are through other people I graduated with. #NoNewFriends
The Basics of Saving
Looking at all of the options for my future literally makes me want to rip my face off. What the hell is a 401k? Where should I invest? How much interest am I charged? How many credit cards should I have? Why do I need to start setting aside money for retirement already? I literally can’t afford groceries half the time, why should Future Jamie have all the fun? HELP.
How To Find a Drinking Middle Ground
My entire adolescent and college life I could hold my own and had zero problems drinking socially. Go out, go hard, wake up, repeat. Now, I literally have a beer and a half, get bombed, wake up, and never leave my home again. The 3 day hangover is not a myth folks, it is a real thing and I have seen it with my own 2 eyes. How did 10 months and a framed degree miraculously change my body’s absorption technique? And HOW ON EARTH can I find a perfect middle ground between having fun and becoming a zombie?
How To Manage Your Errands
Sure, we all know how to do our laundry, ship our packages and vacuum the living room… but making the time to actually do those things is the absolute struggle of my life. On weeknights, I feel like I deserve to veg on the couch after a long day at work, and then on weekends, I feel like it is against the rules to do anything proactive. So basically all my big girl chores get neglected… indefinitely.
How To Turn Off Your Wanderlust.
Now that you work 5+ days a week and don’t have convenient 3 week breaks here and there, travel is a luxury that you can kiss goodbye. But hey, maybe you are able to find a few days off to put together– cool! Now go take a look at Expedia to find that flight you wanted…. yeah, that’s what I thought. Expensive as f***. With that foolproof saving technique you’ve got going (see “The Basics of Saving”), you should be taking that vacation in …. *quick number crunch*…. never.
Pepperdine… Y U No Teach Me Things?