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7 Life Skills You Should Know Before Graduating from College

Because we can't panic our way through adulthood, can we?
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Hello, adulthood! Before you charge to the great big world with your wide eyes and a pocketful of dreams, make sure that you can handle all the curveballs life throws at you.

Managing your own finances

Handling your own money is the real baptism by fire in the adult world. You won't know how hard it is until you are already paying your credit card, computing your taxes, and doing your monthly budget. It may seem intimidating but you just have to know your way around it and you are good to go. There are loads of finance blogs that will steer you away from pulling off a Rebecca Bloomwood. Once you've established solid ground as a responsible adult you can even try investing to keep your dough growing.

Commuting around the metro

Trim your chances of being stuck in a carmageddon by equipping yourself with commuting know-how! This could save your life when your trusty car decides to stop working or when EDSA is being its usual self and you are already late for an important meeting. Just make sure to put your game face on because you'll have to brave sun, rain, smoke, and seas of commuters just to get from point A to point B and losing your cool is just not cool.

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Making a decent meal

Give your microwave a break from all the nuking and go try whipping up a real dish—and no, instant mac and cheese cooked over a stove is not a real meal. Take the extra effort to search for easy recipes (you can also ask you mom for help with her signature dishes) and go do the groceries. We have to admit that it is 10 times the hassle of TV dinners but cooking your own meals will do your health wonders. It might seem super hassle but it will all be worth it once you've taken your first bite. Trust us, you won't have to go back to five-minute mug cakes. Mom would be so proud, too.

Writing professional emails

They say e-mails are the texts of the business world and we totally agree. Once you step foot in the workplace, emails would be your go-to means of correspondence so you have to do it like you really mean business. It's better to practice good e-mail etiquette as early as now so that you won't go sending your boss the emojis even when you're really pleased with how your pitch went.

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Saying sorry

Whether you forgot a friend's birthday or you missed a work deadline, you'd have to know how to say sorry like you mean it. Gone are the days when you can get away by using the "I'm just a kid" card. Owning up to your mistakes and apologizing right from the heart could possibly be the most adult thing you could ever do.

Accepting rejection

It's not every day that you'll get to strike gold. You won't always get the job, the raise, or the guy but you'd have to be mature about it. You have to wrap your head around the idea that not everything is meant to be in your life no matter how bad you want them. Use that "no" as a stepping stone to the big "es". Handle rejection like Elle Woods when Warner told her that she was not smart enough for law school.

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Being alone

Adulthood can be a daunting, tiring place and most of the time you will feel as if you're being pulled in different directions. Pull yourself together by stepping away from the center of it all and taking the time to breathe in your own space. With so much happening all around you, it's great to recharge and pamper yourself from time to time.

Don't stress too much though, there is really no right or wrong way of adult-ing. Experience will be your greatest teacher and courage is the only requirement to ace adulthood. Just one last piece of advice: Being an adult does not mean that the fun stops. Never let the struggles take the stars from your eyes and don't allow the seriousness of it all to knock the wind out of your sails. When it gets too hard, rest, but never ever stop.

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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