emily mugWant to hear a funny story? Well that’s too bad, I don’t have one for you.
But I do have a question, a question that all of us are wondering but are too afraid to ask.

“How do I “do” life?

Now this may not quite apply to freshmen and sophomores as much as us seniors and even juniors, but as a teenager on the cusp of adulthood, it’s a real question, and a scary one, too.

That, and “how did you do on your test?” I hate that one.

With obstacles like going to college, moving away from home, paying the bills, and moving away from home–oh, and did I mention moving away from home?– life seems to get pretty tough pretty fast.

I don’t know how to balance a checkbook or what clothes I’m supposed to hang, and what clothes I can throw in the dryer. I don’t know how to do taxes or the real difference between jam and jelly—doesanyone really, though? I definitely do not know how to take out a loan and please, please, do not expect me to remember to not pick up the phone when I know a fax is coming through (if you don’t understand that then don’t even worry).

The good news to all of these cautionary questions is that, well, 97 percent of the other high schoolers we are competing with to get into college now and will be competing with to get jobs in the
future don’t know the answers either.

So really, it’s okay. We can all cry about taxes together.

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