**Before you begin, lets take a minute to appreciate old Britney...OK done**
As I sit here gorging my chicken nuggets and sipping my tea I started thinking how am I considered a full adult. Not only how am I personally considered an adult, but how are college students in general considered adults.
You see this meal isn't a-typical for a college student, but tell an adult (i.e parents) about this and they will freak out for a. eating Monsters Inc. Chicken Nuggets and B. eating a second dinner at 9 o'clock. As I thought further into this observations, I began to notices that though there is this huge societal pressure to go to college, one thing that college neglects to do is allow you to grow up. In the efforts of trying to teach you how to be a "functional" adult they are sticking you with thousands of other children. This chicken coop of 18-22 year olds is a breeding ground for mistakes and upon exiting this you just blame them all on being "young and naïve" and society just accepts that to a certain point. So what if you went out and partied every weekend, as long as you got that 4.0. It seems like for those who didn't attend college though, they don't have these excuses and are forced to grow up faster. I'm not sure the validity of this statement but its just an observation I have had, and I'm just sort of questioning whether its a good thing that we are still not adults years after we are considered one by the government.
A few years back my great aunt and uncle where having a celebration for her 50th wedding anniversary. They where only 65 and 67 years old (meaning they got married at 15 and 17). At 15 years old I did not feel like I was old enough to be in a serious relationship much less was I thinking of marrying someone. Its 5 years later and marriage is still no where near the forefront of my mind. Even relationships seem to be a foreign concept to my generation (cough cough "the hookup culture")
College is a time where you are in this awkward phase where you are kind of an adult but at the same time, you still haven't left those childhood tendencies. Lets look back at those chicken nuggets and tea I just devoured. I would say chicken nuggets are a pretty childish food, but put them on a menu and there is a 75% chance I will order them, yet I am also sitting here drinking tea before bed. I would describe that as pretty adult (what child drinks tea??). The same thing seems to happen with what we watch and listen to.... we know a lot of the new teen singers yet some have managed to slip away.
It truly is a time where you find yourself. Hopefully classes are not only challenging but also intellectually stimulating. We are learning valuable skills for the workplace, but perhaps more importantly we are learning about ourselves. We learn the type of people we like surrounding ourselves with as well as the people who bring out the negative in us. I've only recently began to really discover the whole social learning of college but it has been something that has made a world of a difference for me personally. Involving yourself in clubs that you enjoy is a necessity (at least for me) to remain sane, but a lot of times you also join forced to do stuff that we don't necessarily like, but that's just life. We have to find that equilibrium where we are our happiest, most productive self.