Sep 2, 2014

7 Lessons They Don't Teach in School

Today we're doing something a little different.  Kelli from Just Beachy and I were talking about a lot of the life lessons school leaves you totally unprepared for.  Then we thought, why not make a post of it?  With the school season starting, now's really the perfect time to reflect on learning, inside and outside the classroom.

Anyway, the switch up is that you can find my post over at Just Beachy and Kelli's post is here.

7 Lessons They Don't Teach in School

Kelli's Supplementary Curriculum

  1. Making Friends as an Adult – Not one class prepared me for the fact that my closest friends and the girls I grew up with wouldn’t always be my closest friends. I don’t remember anyone saying you might move to a new city at which time it will be on you to make friends, here is a list of places you should look loyal fun girls that are also looking for friends.
  2. How to Handle Heartbreak – The very first time I got my heart broken I curled up in a ball and cried for days, probably not the best way to handle a broken heart. Someone could have shown me how to channel that anger and hurt into something useful and productive.
  3. Routine Car Maintenance – Yup I took driver’s education, nope I don’t remember them telling me I needed to change my oil every 3,000 miles or even how to change a tire. I guess that explains why I ended up stuck in Charlotte with a flat tire at the age of 16 and no idea how to change it. 
  4. Office Politics – I graduated high school and got a really great job working as an adult only to find out all I need to know about working in an adult office I could have learned by paying attention to the catty girls and good old boys in high school. Anytime someone says we’re all adult or let’s act our age in an office setting I think to myself why should we it’s just like being in high school so we’re all acting just about right.
  5. Handling Life’s Curve Balls – Your water heater broke and flooded your place while you were at work, the kid across the street throws a baseball through your window on a Sunday, or my all-time favorite you kind of reliable car breaks down when you have an important appointment to make. There are a hundred little things in life that can go wrong but they usually catch us unprepared.
  6. Having a Kid – I carried a flour sack baby for health class one year and an egg baby the next, neither of those experiences taught me anything about what it would be like to have a kid. Even everyone saying “babies are hard work” didn’t prepare me for the type of hard work having a kid is. 
  7. Cohabitating with Non-relatives – At some point in time we’re all going to have to learn to live with someone we’re not related too. That means learning new quirks and learning how to share the most private parts or our lives. Whether it’s your college roommate or your significant other learning to live with a non-relative is always an interesting experience.
Also be sure to check out some of my all-time favorite posts at Just Beachy: When a Blog Dies, I Don't, and My Un-Goals.  And for more Beachy Awesomeness visit Kelli on: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

    What lessons do you think should have been taught in school?

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    1. Yes! All of these, especially navigating office politics because that is a skill!

    2. Got to agree on the car stuff - I'm actually surprised that they don't teach how to change a tire in Driver's Ed.

      1. You know, after making my list and reading Kelli's, I really have to agree. That's probably one of the most important things we came up and would fit in so easily with the Driver's Ed curriculum.

    3. Office politics is so hard to navigate! If it wasn't for Triple A I wouldn't be able to handle owning a car. It breaks down in the most unlikely of places.

    4. This is a great list!!!! Office politics is hard business, and changes every where you go! Making friends as an adult is damn hard, that is for sure! And heart break. I still haven't quite figured that one out completely.

    5. Practical ideas for handling money. Making a budget. Figuring income tax. Figuring sales tax. Measuring the living room so you know how much paint/carpet/wallpaper to buy. All of that would have been way more useful for me than Algebra II.

    6. All much needed. Way more than math. I mean come on, that's why we have calculators. There should at least be apps.


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