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The things they don’t tell you

There are certain things they don’t tell you when you grow up. Often times, out of pure frustration, adults will tell younger people that they need to grow up. The problem is, they don’t necessarily tell you how. The thing is that they really can’t tell you how in the first place. I’m sure if you asked about what moment a person grew up, the majority would have a hard time putting their finger on an exact moment or on an exact routine that occurred or checklist they went through in order to grow up. Maybe it’s an unspoken rite of passage that everyone has to go through.

My advertising and promotions professor said in a lecture that many people (who more than likely haven’t been fully educated on the subject area) think advertising is a common thread for any business in any market, meaning that if an advertising campaign works for one company, it’s guaranteed to work for another – like, hey, it worked for them so it’s obviously going to work for us. No, just no – that’s not exactly how it works. The same goes for growing up. Just because someone went through some similar experiences, doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you. Some people just have to jump through more hoops. And let me tell you, I’ve gone through some hoops already and I’m sure there will be more to come and definitely by no means have I officially grown up.

I’m currently living in the first apartment I’ve ever rented and let me tell you it’s been an experience. When I first started out the only thought that went through my head was, oh my gosh I’m going to end up either homeless or live in an apartment on campus that I can no longer afford – typical college student problems, right?

So thank goodness for Google…and Craigslist. I had no clue how to even start to look for an apartment. The only thing I could think of was to start looking on Craigslist, which was where one of my friends found her apartment. Naturally I hopped on Craigslist and started searching for an apartment. Problem. I had no idea what I was searching for – I didn’t even know what price range I wanted. All I knew is that I wanted something I could afford, but what the heck does that mean to a college student?

Then I pulled up Google and searched for a checklist of things a person like me would most likely want to see in an apartment. Let me tell you, looking for an apartment is not a quick and easy task. There’s things to think about besides price – like location, amenities, size, parking, bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage space, etc. After accounting for all of those variables, you have to keep looking and checking the local listings every single day. Something new pops up, or someone makes an offer on one you thought you might like. For me personally, I need to go and physically see the place before I make a decision. Pictures (or lack there of) can be very deceiving so it’s always good to go and check it out. Most of the time going and looking at a place means that you’re significantly interested.

I know I spent weeks going on Craigslist and looking for possible apartments. In the end, I think I went to look at about three different apartments and was just about the point where I was getting so frustrated I wanted to give up that I found “the one.” It was one of those things all of the sudden I had one of those moments where I  thought…yep, this is my space and I filled out the paperwork and signed the lease as soon as possible.

Even through all that I still felt lucky to even have found the place I’m living in now. Sometimes, in life, big people tasks kind of jump out at you and the best thing to do (at least for me) is to tackle it head on – and if you do it wrong, so what? That’s how you learn, right?

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