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Life Skills College Doesn’t Teach You

When entering the real world after college, many recent graduates are unprepared for the real world and lack basic life skills and knowledge. This isn’t always the fault of the education system or a lack of effort. There are simply some things that we need to know that we are not taught in traditional education. Rather we must make an effort to learn these skills ourselves and must ready ourselves for the real world. Here are five important life skills all students should be taught before graduating college in order to be ready for the real world.

How to Prepare for An Interview

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One of the most important aspects of the real world is knowing how to prepare for a job interview. It is important to know how to dress oneself properly and appropriately and how to behave within an interview. Although past experience and knowledge are very important in getting a job, the interview itself is how employers decide whether or not you are suitable for the job.  Before going to an interview it is of vital importance to do proper research on the company, the position itself, and the culture of the position.

How to Do Your Own Taxes

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Although many people rely on personal accountants to do their taxes for them, it is important to at least have a grasp on how to go about doing your own taxes. Everyone has to do them and by learning how to do them, you can save money by not hiring someone else to do something that you can do yourself. If you are employed and earning money you will have to file taxes. Understanding how taxes affect your income and whether or not you are being taxed too much or too little is quite important.

How to Cook Proper Meals

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In college it is possible to skate by with only knowing a couple basic meals or by relying on meal plans or the traditional ramen noodle diet that college students seem to go with quite often.  Once in the real world it is necessary to not only know how to cook for yourself, but to know how to prepare healthy meals that get you all the nutrients and vitamins that you need. By learning how to cook proper meals you can not only keep yourself healthy, but can also save quite a bit of money by cutting down on how often you eat out.

How to Manage Money

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Many college students have never had much financial freedom and have had their parents either handle their finances completely or control them for the most part. In the real world, it is necessary to keep track of what you are spending and earning in order to ensure that you have enough to make it through the month or to do the little things you want to do. Investing in a basic finance course or enlisting the help of a friend to teach you how to handle money is a great idea. It is also a smart idea to learn a little more about banking and to learn to budget expenses monthly and weekly.

How to Balance Social and Work Life

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One of the worst mistakes that recent graduates make is focusing too much on either the social or professional aspects of their lives.  Some focus wholeheartedly on work, putting all of their effort into furthering their career without leaving time for relationships and friends. On the other hand, many do not know how to focus on their work without cutting down on the social life that they enjoyed during college, and struggle to either find a job or keep up with their work life. Just because you have graduated doesn’t mean your social life needs to be over. However, it doesn’t mean that focusing on work isn’t important. It is imperative to find a healthy balance between the two.

Although it is important to enjoy college and the freedom that you enjoy, it is also necessary to learn a few life skills that are of the uttermost importance.  Doing so will help you find success upon graduating.

6 Valentine’s Day Ideas for Singles

Being single on Valentine’s Day does not have to be dull.  If you’re bummed about not having a Valentine this year, here are some ideas to make it a great day anyway!

1. Cook your favorite food.

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Cook a meal that makes you really happy.  Comfort food or a favorite family recipe is always a good choice.  Valentine’s Day is about loving yourself just as much as any other kind of love, so treat yourself!

2. Have a movie marathon.

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Have some of your close single friends over and watch a ton of movies and eat some good snacks.  Pick movies you all love, ones you all haven’t seen before or have everyone bring their favorite movie.

3. Go shopping.

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Go for some retail therapy this Valentine’s Day! Go by yourself or with a group of single friends. Pro Tip: Don’t make this an errands type of shop, treat yourself to something you don’t really need but will make you happy. You’re worth it!

4. Throw a themed party.

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You can throw a Valentine’s Day themed party to liven up the night! Getting your friends together for a fun night is always great and a theme adds to the fun. Pro Tip: Invite over both your male and female single friends and maybe love will spark!

5. Have a board game night.

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A little friendly competition can turn into a great time and board games are great for making that happen.  You can go for classic board games from your childhood or go for some more adult games.  Just go for whatever you think you and your friends will have more fun with and you’re good to go!

6. Have a Baking Party.

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Who needs an excuse to bake some Valentine’s themed treats?  There is something for everyone: heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cupcakes or frosted brownies? I’ll take all three. Have everyone decorate his/her treats with whatever toppings you pick up (red or pink icing, heart-shaped sprinkles, candy pieces, etc.).

Pro Tip: Most importantly this Valentine’s Day: treat yourself!  Do something that you really enjoy.  Hang out with people who make you happy.  Being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to be alone.  Don’t get hung up about not having a significant other.  You can have just as much fun with some good friends and good food!

I hope these Valentine’s Day ideas for singles helps you have the perfect day. Comment below with your favorite idea!