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The Struggles of Becoming an Adult

Emelie Beckman, C'25

Calming night sky in midst of chaos

I never wanted to grow up as a kid. I know many children can’t wait to be adults and many even try to unsuccessfully play the part in their teenage years. On the other hand, I hate the thought of growing up. Now when I am legally, and partly mentally, a young adult of 20, I feel like my perspective has somewhat changed. However, I do find myself at times struggling with my ongoing transition from teenage and childhood years to adulthood.

I feel like no one ever really tells you about this transition. They only tell you that it's going to happen and that it is going to be hard. But what exactly is it? Well, too much to be honest. It's struggling from being independent to living on your own for the first time to getting your driving license, or first car, or doing your taxes, or getting a job, and the list just continues. These are the kinds of things I have struggled with lately. I mean how am I supposed to figure out how to get car insurance when I have never either owned a car or insurance before? It also does not help that America loves to make it difficult for non-Americans to obtain these sorts of official documents. I for example wanted to get an American license since my international one is (after having asked the MVA three times) valid for one year. So it has been a mess is all I can say.

I do believe that I made a really good decision to move here though. Not only does it teach me a lot when experiencing a new culture, but I can also truly learn to be independent here. I have observed how many (of course not all) Americans my age are not as independent as many Swedish people. I sense that college students here in America are relying more on their parents than what one does in Sweden in this part of one's life. This is a major cultural difference I have encountered here and it honestly still confuses me sometimes to this day. I do believe it all comes down to financial issues. Here in America, many parents are the ones paying for their children's school, car, phone etc. I, on the other hand, like most of my fellow Swedes were more or less thrown into financial independence from our parents the moment we moved away from home, which most Swedes do after they graduate high school. I have to pay for my bills, my phone, my car, my stupid insurance, all of it. Now I am very fortunate to have the ability to work combined with the ability to take student loans so it all works out for me, but I believe the fact that I have to take care of all of that and manage it by myself is something very different from what I have seen in America.

Swedish Lesson of the Blog:

Adult - Vuxen

Child - Barn

I am having problems with being an adult - Jag har problem med att vara vuxen

I hate signing auto insurance - Jag hatar att signera bilförsäkring

Emelie Beckman, C'25