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4 Things to Do When You Turn 18

posted 26 Sept 2010, 03:27 by Mpelembe   [ updated 27 Sept 2010, 04:37 by Sam Mbale ]

Turning 18 can be a really big deal. As an adult you are free
to do things you couldn't do before. And while most students
choose to jump right in to the college experience, some will
definitely need a break from rigors of education. Taking time
off can keep you from burning out and give you a wealth of
different experiences. If you are thinking about what your
next step is going to be after you graduate from high
school, you might want to see if one of these could be right
for you.

1. Find a job. Entering the workforce can be very rewarding
but also a little challenging. It can be a great way to
start the transition to adulthood. With the money you earn,
you can save money for going to college later or you could
save up for the down payment on a new care or a new house.
Leading life out there in the real world helps you plan for
the future and teaches you things like budgeting, work ethic
and economic stability. Plus if you need health insurance,
can get great benefits from larger employers. Some places
even offer to cover the cost of tuition if you think you
want to go to college part-time.

2. Volunteer and make a difference. The world will always
need people dedicated to making things better. Whether you
work with youth around the block or you build homes for
people in developing countries half a world away, volunteer
services can help you learn more about yourself. Find out
your true strengths and weaknesses, develop new skills, and
learn about new people and new places. When you've finished
you have experience that looks great on a job application or
a college application.

3. Join the armed forces. This certainly isn't for everyone.
Becoming a member of the Army, Navy, Marine, or Coast Guard
can be dangerous work. However, it is a good way to gain
self-discipline and discover things you never knew about
yourself. While serving your country, you can save up for
the future, earn money towards higher education and get
hand-on training in a number of different fields. Plus, in
basic training you will learn valuable life skills including
martial arts self defense. Martial Arts Self Defense gives
you the ability to protect yourself while improving your

4. See what the world has to offer. For some people turning
18 means and opportunity to travel and explore the world.
It's a great big world out there and there is so much to see
and do. Visiting different cultures and foreign countries can
lead to new insights you just won't get sitting at a desk in
a college classroom. The possibilities are endless. You
could find work, find the love of your life or learn a new

Once you turn 18, the decision is yours to make. If college
isn't for you or it just isn't for you right now, there are
still plenty of options.

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