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What to Expect When You Become a 20-something

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Dear teens,

I get it. High school is rough right now, and your life is as dramatic as an episode of General Hospital. Your biggest concerns seem to be your (nonexistent) love life, getting by on decent grades and who's having a party this weekend. Before you complain about these immature years, here's a little glimpse and helpful guide for what to expect when you turn into a 20-something.

I'm about to turn 22 (in a week and a half!), so I think it's fair for me to write this, as two years in some of the best years of one's life is enough to figure out what being a 20-something is all about.
My mom always referred to one's 20s as her "make it or break it years." This meaning that our 20s are the years when we work hard, prepare and build ourselves for the future years to come. With that said, when becoming a 20-something, you have to start thinking into the future, future meaning beyond this upcoming weekend's plans. When I say future, I mean, think about your career goals, where you want to see yourself in 10 years and what you want to make of yourself. These decisions are hard; trust me, I am still figuring it all out, but the sooner you plan, the better you will be in the long run. These are the years when everything we do now, both physically and mentally, we will either thank ourselves or kick ourselves in the a** later on in life.
When becoming a 20-something, you should certainly have a savings account, or at least learn what that means. Don't spend every penny of your hard-earned paycheck on nonsense things. I'm not saying you can't have fun, because hey, once you're 21, the real fun begins! I am advising to put at least half of each paycheck into your savings and spend your money wisely. It may not seem like a lot of money you're putting away, but watch how that savings accounts grows over the years. You want to save money because you may find yourself living on your own when in your 20s and with that new found freedom comes responsibilities and the dreaded b-word...bills!
Teens, before I scare you, your 20s are seriously some of the best years of your life. You're carefree (to a point), living life and having fun. You have the ability to travel, be single, only be responsible for yourself and figure out your true self. Enjoy these years - they're fun and scary, and it could be a roller coaster ride at times, but make sure to be wise and live these years to the fullest!
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