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7 things You Should do Before Settling Down

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1) Make a tradition with your friends and stick to it

Most people who have attended college will know that the friends you make in college, are likely to be the ones that you keep for life.  There is just something about struggling and surviving with your peers through the most daunting and rigorous classes, seeing each other through heartbreaking relationships and hanging to Adele on the mornings after partying it up that makes you want to cherish those relationships for the rest of your life.  After the dust of college life and career moves settles, make sure you are able to agree on a tradition with your friends and stick to it.  Whether it may be going to professional football game together once a year, having a skype date every 6 months or going on that annual trip to Disneyland during Christmas, it’s important and will give you something to look forward to!

2) Do something extreme that will contribute to society

You know that saying, “The best things in life are free and unseen.” Well, it is true.  When you do something utterly selfless and whole-heartedly for a good reason, you will experience the best feeling that exists, fulfillment and love.  Doing something for someone else or for a good cause will help you find yourself and will bring you closer to people who are likely to have a good influence on your life.  Take a trip to the Humane Society and consider adopting a dog or cat.  Consider donating your eggs or sperm to a couple who is having difficulty conceiving on their own.  Collect items that you don’t need and visit a homeless shelter with some friends.  You won’t regret doing it.

3) Find a hobby and make time for it at least once a week

The time that you carve out for yourself after working that 9 to 5 Monday through Friday or the hour of surfing that you set aside with one of your buddies on Sunday after studying for that daunting final exam is crucial to maintaining your mental health.  We give a lot of ourselves to those who need it and most of the time, don’t get a lot of that time in return to take care of ourselves.  So don’t feel guilty about that Pumpkin Spice Latte and New York Times Best Seller that you need to indulge in after a long day’s work.  You owe it to yourself.  

4) Get a wacky haircut 

Yes, that bobbed haircut you see a ton of celebrities rocking?  You need to get it.  You may think that haircut you have always wanted to get won’t compliment your face, but the truth is, you will never know unless you give it a shot.  If you are really hesitant, you can always consult with your hairstylist or a close friend who is accustomed to your style.  You really only live once.  Who knows, you might look absolutely fabulous.  

5) Get rid of all toxic people in your life

Being very picky about who you associate yourself with cannot be stressed enough.  It’s natural. Everyone wants to be surrounded by beautiful people who validate us and boost our egos.  However, it is important to always remember that a pretty face, does not mean a pretty heart.  You have those close friends or a few relatives who only give you a call when they need to borrow some money and tend to disappear when you need it back?  Or that one “friend” who calls you only to cry and complain about that douchbag who doesn’t want to commit to her and doesn’t even ask you how you are doing?  Yes, these are the people you need to be wary of.  We all know it’s especially difficult to cut ties with relatives who only see you as a piggy bank, but if at all possible, try to limit your time with these people and consider ending friendships that leave you feeing exhausted and drained.  You cannot move on with your adult life if you have people who only take from you.  

6) Get your passport

Most college students who go away for college will truly understand that their hometown is only a speck or a small dot on the map and that there is so that life has to offer.  By getting your passport, you open up so many doors of different opportunities for traveling.  Think of that Study Abroad program that has been weighing heavy on your mind lately? Or that trip to Bali or to Europe that you and your friends talk about incessantly.  You won’t regret it.  

7) Open an emergency savings and long-term savings account

With the cost of living in different parts of the U.S continuously rising, having a backup plan with sufficient funds saved up cannot be emphasized enough.  One of the most frustrating things one can experience in life is being held back from an opportunity to explore different options due to lack of funds or financial instability.  Think of that queen-size bed you may want to upgrade to once you settle into your new apartment or that Macbook Pro you will need in case your current laptop crashes.  No one likes to think about let alone experience any of these situations that will require spending some dough but it is inevitable.  Opening two separate saving accounts (one for emergencies and one for long-term purchases) is the best thing that anyone can do to prepare themselves for unexpected costs.  Setting aside a set amount each paycheck for each account will not only give you something fall back on, it will also give you that peace of mind that you need.  


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