Finally! You have made it out of high school in one piece and now you are looking out into the real world. Now what do you do? Here are a few ideas.
1. Get a Job. If you do not already have a job, it would be a wonderful time to find one now. Actually, to find one last week, but now would work too. This could simply be a summer job, or one that you will already have. This will not only help you save money, but it will prove to those around you that you have become a responsible “adult.” Even if you are not yet, you will at least be on your way. And people will give you the benefit of the doubt on that. This will also prove to your parents that you are not the lazy child they thought you were, and they will be more cooperative when you need some help and support with something along the lines of money, even if it is not giving it to you and teaching you how to spend your own money wisely.
2. Go to College. Even if you cannot afford or are not ready to go full time yet, start by at least taking a couple of classes at the local community college or university. Start with the basic “core” classes that will transfer almost anywhere. You know which classes, composition, literature, math and science. You need those and you cannot avoid taking those in one form or fashion. Then, even if you do not go to college now, you will have a few classes under your belt when you are ready to go. A good college education will help support the experience you received from that job you have. It also shows that you can finish what you start.
3. Have Fun. Do not do anything too stupid, like drinking under age or anything illegal of any sort, but do have fun. Throw parties, make trips to the zoo, go to concerts, volunteer for something with friends. Do anything to get closer to old friends and make new friends. You are still young, enjoy it before you have too many responsibilities.