Being A Grown Up

You think you're so young and then all of a sudden you're comparing prices of apartments or writing out a budget for groceries.
All your life, you wish you were older. Being older means driving or drinking or getting away from your parents, but now that the time has come, all I want to do is be young again. 
Being home over winter break really made me realize how great it would be to just stay home and not go back to school. Even though it was comfortable, that was the problem: it was comfortable. Becoming an independent and self-sufficient adult means putting yourself out there and not being comfortable all the time. You will never experience anything worthwhile unless you really learn to put yourself out there. I think at times it is okay to have a negative bank account or to not know if everything will pan out in your favor. That's experience, that's life. 
I've had those days, even while living with  my parents, that I had $7 in my bank account, but you find a way to figure it out, and that, is learning to grow up. When I was in high school, I never had much financial support from my parents, but in all honesty, it taught me so much more than I could've imagined. Not only did I learn the value of money or how to be a hard worker, but I learned that I can rely on myself to be successful, and I can be independent. 
I don't think enough parents teach their kids that these days. If you give them money and anything they want all throughout their lives, you ultimately set them up for failure when they hit the real world. Nowadays, not having any job experience at 18 isn't good. You can kiss your job opportunities goodbye. Employers don't want inexperienced college students who don't know the difference between a reliable, professional reference and your next door neighbor who you've known for 10 years. 
Being optimistic human beings, you would sincerely hope that money doesn't make the world go round, but let's be real, that is what it is all about. If you don't understand hard work and the ultimate power that it gives you, growing up and making a life for yourself (without your parents constant aid) won't be possible. 
Even though growing up means making sure you can pay the endless bill cycle, you still have to remember that no matter what, life is what you make it. If you want to be miserable, you'll find a way. If you want to be someone others want to be around, you'll find a way. And if you want to grow up and tackle the world, you'll find a way despite the obstacles that you will encounter along the way.
So raise a glass of whatever cheap alcohol you can get your hands on, because all you college kids who are exploring who they want to be, supporting themselves financially, keeping a solid grade and managing a social life, deserve it. Because believe me, the job of a student is not an easy one to handle when you factor life into the equation.