“Congratulations class of *insert graduation year here* you are now ready to take on a new journey that life has in store for you.”
Okay, so maybe those were not the exact words said at your graduation but I assure you there was something similar. Something affirming that everything you learned in high school is essential for whatever the future may hold.
When it comes to high school you learn so much: about yourself, slope-intercept form, the friends you thought you could trust but backstabbed you, the one and only Pythagorean Theorem, how to get through a break-up, the list goes on (trust me). What I would like to know is why the hell didn’t I learn any of the real world issues I would face as soon as I went to college and moved away from home?
Where should I begin? For starters, one of the most common issues for us twenty something’s is: how are we going to pay for college? When we do not receive financial aid and it has come down to enrolling in a semester, we are stuck speaking with a university financial advisor regarding loans. We are not talking about small loan amounts… we are talking big loans we will be paying off for the rest of our lives. Later down the road comes applying for credit cards, purchasing a new car, purchasing a home, financing furniture for your new home, purchasing an insurance plan for you and your future family, and the list goes on.
As us twenty-something’s prepare to embark in this journey called life, we need all the help we can get. Which is why it is highly recommended you turn to someone with good credit standing and subject matter knowledge, or better yet do your research. Becoming an adult is not all it may seem, it comes with many responsibilities… and they come every month!
Oh and before I forget, unless you pursue a career dealing with math-algebra-calculus-whatever…you will never use the slope-intercept form or the Pythagorean Theorem. That being said I would like to send a personal thank you to my high school algebra/calculus teacher: I’ve learned the most important mathematical issues on my own. For example, 40% off means good deal, 50% off means great deal, 60% off means practically free.