No kid wants to stay in school very long. From your tight-lipped Mathematics teacher to your academic-strict parents, you almost feel as if everybody is against you. I love studying stuff, but I wanted to get out of school immediately because in my young age, I always thought that paying for education is a burden. You pay so much just to get that job you dream of. My tuition fee was not that expensive since I am enrolled in a laboratory high school where everything is paid in half.
Our younger versions would always look up to adults who are fully dressed in polo-barongs or blazers with pencil cut mini-skirt, thinking that if we reach the age of 20’s we will suddenly become mature and we will have the money to buy a house, a car, or lots of candy!
(Lots and lots of candy!!!)
But… I finally graduated college and turned 20, there’s no Disney style ceremony wherein your secret fairy godparents would sprinkle magic dust on you, but I just got there. I’m twenty, but I still feel like I’m 15. What I thought was instant wisdom given to adults was not instantly handed down to me. What’s worse is that, I’m suddenly an adult and every Human Resources officer is asking me to apply for a police clearance. That realization almost made me shed tears, but I didn’t… my kid perception of adulthood is still there… “If you’re 20, it’s stupid to cry out loud in public.
What I thought was cool, like paying bills and subscribing a mobile phone service was just a norm and necessity to adults. Before, our every need is being satisfied by our parents, but now you got to chip in with the responsibility, and every small action is followed by an epic consequence.
Pulling the lever at 8… LEGENDARY! Puling the lever at 20… RETARD!
Every single kid will become an adult someday, so here’s what I’ve learned so far:
ACADEMICS ISN’T EVERYTHING:
– Grades seem to decide everything in your life, from your future college to getting that gift you wanted for your birthday. We do everything just to be top of the class and eventually our priority goes down to just don’t fail. Here’s good news to those who keep on repeating a grade… when you manage to graduate… NOBODY CARES! What people would look for you is your wit, potential and communication skills. Besides, you develop a certain skill that will keep your head above the water — and that is, thinking plan b.
For over-achievers, take it easy… be a kid sometimes. Because there are statistics showing that over-achievers are more likely to kill themselves if their grades dipped by one point. (suicide article) When your youth is gone, you might regret being too uptight.
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A PERMANENT RECORD:
– Remember those Nickelodeon cartoons that says that your permanent record is a myth. True! I tried so hard not to have anything in my permanent record, but once I applied for a job, they just asked for my transcript of records. What they did however was call my school to confirm is I finished my course in that institution and what kind of student I am. The permanent record they are saying turns out to what was your reputation or… how your professor views you. So, you better polish that apple a little extra. But don’t screw this up big time, because if you did something really big (you know, in a bad way…) your future employers will discover this and will slim down the chances of you getting hired (or even starting a career in that field.)
– Also, there’s this concept of second chance and starting fresh… you can use these if things go awry.
NERDS, GEEKS AND WEIRDOS RULE!:
– Your future boss / colleague might be that kid who stays quiet in your classroom, or… that nerd who gets stuck inside a locker, or that creepy weirdo kid who believed in aliens, but in my experience… they might not be more skilled than you, but they have the intelligence / power? / craziness to be more obsessive in what you both do. He or she might turn out to be cooler than you or more successful. I’m not saying all of them would be like that, but a good percentage are. How? They get the work done better or faster or given their oddity, they can even innovate. Now, you don’t want to “fit-in,” you want to stand-out.
HOLIDAYS DON’T EXCITE YOU ANYMORE:
Okay, not all of us are like that, but when you get older… you are the one who organize that family reunion, books that restaurant or worse… YOU ARE THE ONE NOW WHO BUYS THE PRESENTS.
Yes kids… Santa Claus does not exist!
They say Christmas… or in this post’s case… holidays are for kids only. You now get stressed on lining up at shopping centers buying presents, scrimping every penny you have, so you can give your niece / child that dream toy they always wanted, or if your social life is dry… you are not immune to the epic road traffic brought by the onslaught of mass migration and holiday rush.
When you get older, you are more conscious of how you spend your time, and when holiday season comes, you will want the time to stop, because somehow… you wanted more time to do stuff… and YOU ARE AGING EACH SECOND.
Especially when you see the fireworks in the sky.
Having said that…
It’s like yesterday I am just 18, but just like magic… I am now a quarter of a century old. Yes, just today! Younger KPop fans look at me the same way I did when I was their age, but let me tell you this… I always feel that I’m still 18 years old, and also my parents. Except that I can drink alcohol and curfew hours are not applicable.
AGE GRACEFULLY… but I haven’t figured that one out.