Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda – You Shall, You Will and You Can

How are you meant to make big life choices when you’re still so young? It’s like everybody except yourself has your life mapped out for you. It’s a shoulda-woulda-coulda lesson on repeat, with those who are older, wiser and more experienced trying to lay upon you everything that they had wished to achieve when they were your age; the possibilities that they turned down only to feel repercussions in later life. If you don’t have a clear path to go on, it’s hard to know where to start. We use parents as role models, but in this day and age we also use other people, too – friends, celebrities and anybody else we view through social media. So it all gets a bit muddled up, really. We don’t know who to look up to, who to follow the footsteps of and who we can use for guidance.

Want to know a secret? Nobody really knows what they’re doing. We’ve all had to carve our own path out along the way. No two lives are the same, and definitely no two journeys are. It’s hard to say what you can learn from this as everybody is different, but a little guidance goes a long way. Whether you’re still in school or just out of it, it’s a hard time to come to terms with. What you could do now affects the rest of your life, right? Well, to a degree, yes, but it won’t cover all of it. There’s so much more to explore. And with that…

 

Explore The World

There is so much of the world to see, and right now we are the most privileged we have ever been in terms of getting to explore it all; the chance to do it is lying right at your fingertips. Getting online and booking flights can be done in little to no time, but it shouldn’t be done on a whim unless you’re an experienced traveller. There are tours, programs and volunteering deals available to those who haven’t really experienced traveling on their own before, but it’s always recommended that you take a buddy with you – it’s always nice to be safe and have company! Whether it’s for a week or you’re taking a gap year, any and all travel is brilliant experience. Even if you are going with parents and are nudging them to indulge in their own wanderlust, near or far, it’s something that you will always remember.

 

Go For A Scholarship

There are so many companies out there which are offering scholarships to the top students who have applied for college – you just need to know where to find them. For example, if you have applied for a law degree, look at the Medler Law Firm scholarship. Always look to professions that are related to your degree to find the funding that is applicable. Things like this are an amazing way to get help towards your tuition, it’s just not many people are aware that they’re there. The more you realize that you could get financial help towards what is arguably going to be one of the most expensive things that you ever do, the more willing you may be towards being able to do it. One of the main reasons that people aren’t going on to further education at the moment is the sheer cost of it all. There is help out there, so take it.

 

Help Out In The Community

Not only is this a great one for your resumé, but it’s amazing for feel-good-feels. You’ll be doing fantastic things for a brilliant cause, and the best bit is that you get to see it all unfold on your doorstep. It can open the door for bigger and better things in a lot of cases – getting to know members of your community well will put you in good stead and give you the ability to make an impression on those who are able to give out opportunities. There are so many things that you can get involved in, but if you live in quite a sleepy little town with not much going on then it’s down to you to make it happen. This has happened all over the world; if something isn’t going on, people like to make something of it so that there is.  It could be an arts festival, a community litter pick or even just going round to help somebody fix up their home. It all counts, and is conveniently super fun to do.

Lessons From a Master Gardener

When I was in San Francisco I toured the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. It was created by Makoto Hagiwara in 1894. Mr. Hagiwara was clearly a master gardener. I was awed by the cultured beauty and peace of the garden, but I particularly loved the Bonsai trees. How did they grow so perfectly shaped? I knew there must be a story behind each one, just like each of us. I found the answer in the Bible.

Through my brief study of the art of Bonsai, I learned the trees are actually regular size trees or shrubs that have been cultivated to a small size. To maintain the tree’s small size, constant  pruning must be done to control growth. Roots must be cut back so the tree will not grow beyond the size of the container. Branches are wired to shape them into the desired position. The trees require regular maintenance to keep their design intact.

When I began to read my Bible regularly, I realized a Christian is like a bonsai tree. We start out as a new believer, ignorant, eager, and desirous of becoming like our Lord and Savior. We are raw material waiting for our Lord to teach and train us, so that we may be pleasing to Him and able to do the work He calls us to do.  

Jesus explained this in John 10:10b, “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Most importantly, God wants us to bear fruit. Jesus said in John 15:1-2: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away:  and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”

In John 15, we learn about the true vine. Who is the vine? Jesus. God, the Father, is the husbandman or gardener. The branches are Believers. In a biblical sense, we find that abiding is the result of a personal relationship with Jesus. If we are not part of the vine of Jesus, we will wither and die.

Just like the Bonsai master prunes his tree, so does the Lord prune His children. The beautiful form of the bonsai is accomplished by placing wires around the branches to bend each one gradually into the desired shape. Through God’s shaping process, the Believer is groomed to better produce fruit.

The Lord shapes us through His Word and through life experiences. He trains us to put aside the selfish and self-interested tendencies of the natural person. He reminds us that we are rooted in Him through the Holy Spirit. He keeps us, just as the Bonsai master keeps his trees.

The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10:  “for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

As a Believer, we are expected to obey God’s Word because we love Him. We recognize the sacrifice He paid so we might be saved from the punishment for sin. Abiding is about love, commitment to Jesus, and obedience to His commands. As we grow and develop as Believers we will be used to reach others. Our Lord created each of us for a purpose that He reveals to us in His good time.

Change in us and in a bonsai tree is gradual and oh so slow. I am thankful that my Lord is patient and kind to me, giving His life that I might have eternal life.

Written by Linda Hull

 

More about the Bonsai…

*Here is a link to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco:

http://japaneseteagardensf.com/

http://sfrecpark.org/destination/golden-gate-park/japanese-tea-garden/

 

*If you would like more information about bonsai trees, check out this website:

https://www.bonsaiempire.com/

*Here is a link to the United States National Arboretum’s page about The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum which features a bonsai photo gallery.

http://www.usna.usda.gov/PhotoGallery/BonsaiGallery/index.html

Your Options When Life Is Getting To You

We all sometimes feel as though things are becoming too difficult or like we don’t know how to deal with whatever problems we might have. On thing that can be said for certain is that everyone experiences problems in life. Learning to cope with them is an essential part of maturing into adulthood, and if we never struggled with anything we wouldn’t learn much. But that is not always very helpful when you are actually in the grip of a problem yourself. Usually when that happens, you just want to escape it altogether. But as it turns out, there are probably some better ways to cope. Let’s look at some of the things that you can do to get through the tough times.

Being Mindful

Throughout the day – and most of the night – your mind is spinning out stories upon stories. These stories are what we use to interact with the world. You have stories about who you are, stories about what you deserve, stories about how people should behave. You might even have stories about the stories – and this can be a recipe for unhappiness. Something that we can do to help with these ever-spinning stories is to try and be mindful of them. By this, we just mean that you take a step back and try to look at them for what they are – just stories. Once you get good at doing this, you will gradually be able to make more and more sense of them, to the point where they will cause much less suffering. By being mindful, we can create the space for new, more helpful stories to emerge – and that is often the seat of happiness.

Talking About Your Problems

But it’s not just stories, you might say. Life throws up real problems and sometimes it can seem overwhelming, especially when tragedies occur to us as individuals. When something has happened which is hard to take on board, then it can often be helpful to talk to people. At this time, talking to someone might seem like the last thing that you want to do. But as it turns out, it is also one of the most helpful. Talking through whatever problems you might have, big or small, is essentially the nature of therapy, and it can be extremely useful if you don’t know what to do with yourself and you need a release.

Staying Active

‘Active’ here means two things. On one hand, it refers to the fact that it is healthy and useful to keep active physically. In other words, carrying out regular exercise can be a dramatically good way to keep you feeling good, even when your life situation could be vastly improved. Exercise has a way of reminding you that you are able to feel good, and that you deserve to. By its other meaning, active can mean being active within one’s everyday life. If you have any hobbies or interests, then you should consider investing more time in those as a way of helping yourself get through those difficult times. You might be surprised at how effective this really can be.

Growing Pains

Are you feeling conflicted at the moment? Like you don’t understand yourself anymore?  One minute you seem to be happy and calm, the next you are blowing off in an angry rage?  Maybe you have fallen out with a friend recently and you aren’t sure what you have done.  

Growing up is so tough.  When you become a parent you tend to get lost in how tough parenting is and forget what it was like to be going through so many hormonal changes, experiencing your first heart breaks, the pressure to work hard at school.  Adults can pretty quickly dismiss the issues you are going through and can make you feel that something which matters to you is really small.  

They don’t mean it, it’s just that they have so many issues going on that in their mind, having a friend who has fallen out with you, is really not a big deal.  Compared with having to pay for the house, or losing your job.  The problem is though is that it is all relative.  You don’t have to deal with the problems your parents do, your time will come, so currently the problems you are experiencing matter as much to you, as the problems your parents face.  So don’t feel guilty, or that your problems and worries don’t matter.  Because they do.  Don’t be angry at your parents either, they don’t mean to forget what it was like being a teen.

So how can you help yourself through your teenage years?  Firstly there are some mind blowing self development books which you can read.  These could help you become more aware of who you are and help you to focus your mind on problem solving.  Which is going to help you a lot over the next few years.  Of course The Bible is the best self development book out there! There are other ways though, to get through your issues and help make peace with yourself.  So let’s take a look at a few.

Firstly, the sisterhood is really important.  Your female friends understand exactly what you are going through on a day to day basis.  No matter how good the boys are, they just won’t get the hormones.  Sorry girls.  The sisterhood is also important because you understand what it is like to feel most of the emotions other girls are going through.  You get that no matter what anyone says, you feel too fat or too skinny.  You know what it is like to stand in the dressing room and feel worried about getting changed.  You know how hard it is to walk past the confident girls, because even if you are seen as one of them, you aren’t really.  Not all the time.  

Stand by your fellow females.  Don’t judge them or make fun of them.  You need to build them up so if you see another girl struggling, go to her aid.  Don’t bully other girls and if you see another girl being bullied, stand up.  Always.  Do not be afraid.  Too many girls turn the other way because they don’t want to get involved.  Do get involved.  

Don’t ignore the boys though, yes we need to stick together but that shouldn’t mean standing up against men.  It means working with them.  We have a slightly easier time of it that boys because girls tend to talk their feelings over more.  So get with the boys and help them talk a little more too.  You will discover a lot more about yourself when you hear a boy talking about girls.  You might even realize what it is that matters to boys.  Because it certainly isn’t the things you worry about.

Understand your parents and talk to them.  You want their respect and honesty, so give them yours.  Yes, ok parents can be pretty uncool when it comes to some matters but the truth is, they have been through almost every single emotion you are going through.  It might be tough to bring up your innermost thoughts with your mum, but trust us, she is going to drop everything to help you.  You might have to be a little persistent.  Sometimes parents need to be really stopped and told “this is important” before they really acknowledge it.  Parents have buzzwords which will get their attention.  Such as ‘help’ and ‘I’m scared’ or ‘I really need you’ these phrases are unignorable by most moms and dads.  So think of them like a computer that needs programming. Say the right words and they will listen.

Whatever you are feeling, talking is always the best way forward.  So do it.  Talk and keep talking.

All Work and No Play? No Way!

Life, whatever your age, is something that takes a lot of time and effort. It’s not until we are able to retire, or snatch a few days on a holiday, that we can truly sit back and think “hey, we’ve got this”. For those who are just getting to the end of their school career and are thinking about college, and even those who have done all of that and are trying to further their careers, there are things that can be done to both prepare you for and release you from the busyness of life.

Organize Your Schedule

Make sure that you know what you’re doing on a daily basis, and try to stay a couple of days ahead of yourself. That way you won’t burden yourself with taking on too much. Know your limits and try to understand what too much can be to you – whether this is an after-school club or volunteer work for example, if it is tiring you out too much to work effectively at anything else then you need to realise that this is something that needs cutting out. This is something that takes time and experience to master, so don’t expect that you’ll know exactly what you need and don’t need in your life – just go with the flow and see what works best for you.

Organize Your Food

You can’t get by on a busy lifestyle without the right sort of nutrition. If you aren’t feeding your body the foods it requires to give out a great performance, then you will see yourself lagging in several areas – whether this is not being fit enough to do your daily walk to school or losing concentration on whatever project you’re working on, your body needs a good nutritional diet, as explained on She Informed, to sustain a constant operating level. The best thing to do is compare yourself to a car and how much gas and maintenance it needs to keep itself going; it needs a lot more than just fuel and a service, it also needs water and oil and a whole host of other things to make sure it works to the best of its ability. Your body is completely the same.

Organize Your Fun

Don’t be so busy that you forget to take time out to have some fun. Make sure that you organise yourself enough that you have the time available to you to be able to go out and give yourself some freedom, but don’t feel like you have to hold back on doing anything other than work just because that’s what your schedule tells you. Follow the mottos of ‘work hard, play hard’ and ‘all work and no plays makes [insert name here] a dull person’ – they’re old but they really do hold a lot of powerful meaning. If you don’t de-stress once in a while, you won’t have the means and the focus to go on and keep doing as well as you’re doing … to achieve your potential.

Stopping Stress Getting In The Way Of Your School Life

They say that your school days are meant to be the best days of your life. This can be true in many cases, but they can also be some of the most stressful times as well. There is so much focus on doing well in exams and getting into college – as well as keeping on top of all extracurricular activities – that sometimes it can all get a bit too much. Many teenagers in the education system admit to feeling overly stressed or anxious as a result of their studies – something that can have a negative impact on your academic performance, as well as your social life. High school doesn’t last forever, and like most people, you probably want to have happy memories of it. If school related stress is getting you down, here are some ways you can manage your anxieties.

Get enough sleep

This might seem obvious – after all, your parents are forever nagging at you to go to bed at a reasonable time, when all you want to do is stay up and watch Dance Moms. But unfortunately, on this occasion they might have a point. Being sleep deprived means that your brain struggles to concentrate and you won’t be as sharp in lessons, meaning that your grades are at risk of slipping. If you don’t already have one, try to implement a relaxing bedtime routine that helps you to wind down. Create a safe space in your bedroom with the help of candles and dim lighting – you can even look into the effects of gemstones to aid in helping you drift off to sleep.

Drop some of the extra curricular stuff

When we are in junior school, we are used to being a part of lots of sports teams, drama clubs and various other classes taking part outside of school hours. But once we have moved up to high school our studies intensify and it becomes more and more difficult to keep on top of all these extra things – as well as having a social life too! If you try and do it all, you will eventually burn out, and again, your grades may end up suffering as a result. Take a look at the classes and clubs you are a part of and see if there’s any of them that you wouldn’t mind dropping – thus giving you more time to relax and check in with yourself.

Tackle your assignments one at a time

We all know how it feels when a deadline is approaching and we try and do a million things at once. Our words and thoughts get jumbled and what we end up producing all seems a little disjointed. To produce assignments of quality, only focus on one at a time – the most pressing one comes first. That way, you can give the task all of your focus and you and concentrate your flow of thought on one particular topic, before moving onto the next task.

Never Give Up On Your Dream Career, You Can Succeed

If you’re in school or just starting university, you might already know what you want to do in life. In fact, you might have known since you were very young indeed. The career of your dreams could be anything. You might want to be a doctor, astronaut, politician, lawyer or actress. Sadly, it’s fair to say that most people don’t end up in their dream career. Instead, they end up settling for a lot less than they desired. Or at least, something completely different to what they originally intended. But, you don’t have to follow this same path. Instead, you can make sure you spend the rest of your life doing something you truly love. How? We’re glad you asked.

Don’t Be Afraid To Try

There are plenty of individuals who will fail to find their dream career because they don’t try hard enough. This isn’t because they are lazy per se but rather because they don’t want to fail. If you don’t try your best, it’s impossible to fail. You will always have that excuse that you didn’t succeed because you never put everything into it. At the same time, though, this is a lost opportunity. It is always better to try and fail than never to try at all. It will lead to a much more rewarding life because eventually, you will soar.

Get A Little Helping Hand

No matter what job market you enter, you’ll find it is incredibly competitive. It can seem like a challenge to get any career started, let alone find your dream position. But there are always options and ways to boost your chances. For instance, one of the key tests you’ll need to get past is the resume. Your resume must stand out from the rest if you want your dream job. To ensure it does, you can use a resume service. This means that your resume will be written by expert recruiters. They know exactly what business owners want to see.

It’s not the only way to stack the deck in your favor. You can also build up a USP by getting interesting and exciting experiences. The trick to this is not being afraid to take unpaid roles and positions.

Embrace Humility

Don’t think that any job or role is underneath you. When you come out of university, you shouldn’t assume that you’ll immediately enter a high up position because this won’t always be the case. You might have to work your way up from the bottom. Just look at the medical industry. Junior doctors get paid next to nothing for completing back breaking, mind dulling work. However, if you can get through those first few years, you’ll be rewarded with the chance of saving lives. It’s true in any industry. Sometimes, you have to start your way at the bottom and work your way at the top. Even a job that seems unrelated to your dream shouldn’t be taken for granted. You never know where it might lead you.

Using this advice, you’ll discover it is possible to find your dream job out there on the market. So, don’t ever give up on the search.

A Good Biscuit!

by Linda Hull

What brings a family together? Food! Joining loved ones around the table is a heartfelt blessing because families are God’s gift to mankind. A delicious meal is worthy of praise, for it is truly a gift of love to the family. I should know because my Grandmama was one of the best cooks in the world, notably for her buttermilk biscuits!

“Helping” Grandmama in the kitchen was a real joy back in those little girl days! Back then, just about everything was made from scratch. Cooking took more time and effort than it does in today’s world. It also provided many opportunities for talking about life.

It was a fact of life that Granddaddy had to have his biscuits every night at dinner. So making biscuits was the last menu item to make before everyone was called to dinner. That’s because Granddaddy liked his hot, with lots of butter and strawberry jam!

While the rest of the meal simmered on the old stove, Grandmama would gather her ingredients. The flour was kept loose in a pullout flour bin in what was probably an old Hoosier type cabinet, a novelty in today’s kitchen. Next she would measure out all her ingredients into the sifter. The flour, baking powder, and salt were shaken together as she turned the crank. Next she scooped out the shortening and placed it in the bowl with the dry ingredients.

Once the ingredients were assembled, she took a table fork and pressed that shortening into the flour mixture until it resembled coarse meal. Next came the buttermilk with a little cup for me to drink. Then she would scrape the mixture all up into a ball of dough, kneading it for just a little bit. Not too much or the biscuits would be tough.

After rubbing a bit of flour onto her rolling pin, she rolled that dough out to about a half inch thick. Each biscuit was cut from the dough with her biscuit cutter and placed on the cookie sheet to bake. My little bit of dough was added to the cookie sheet too, a testimony to her diligence in teaching me, and my desire to be just like Grandmama.

You know, you can learn a lot about God and His ways when you make biscuits. When I think about Grandmama’s hot biscuits, I think about Luke 6:38 (KJV): “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Biscuit making is a lot like life. You see, God knows we women are givers by nature and by design, but in order to be useful to Him, He has some work to do in our hearts. God sees us as that lump of dough that needs to be worked to make a good biscuit! He gives us everything we need to become the person He wants us to be, including the power of the Holy Spirit and His Word. He presses us down a bit to bring us into conformity with His Word. Then he shakes us up so we learn to depend on Him. He shapes us by our life experiences into women who are useful in furthering His Kingdom. He teaches us that what we give always comes back to us with more besides. When life brings discouragement, just remember God is making you into a good biscuit!

 

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Following is my biscuit recipe roughly based on Grandmama’s old recipe.  I’ve made adjustments like using self-rising flour and using the Crisco brand shortening.

 

BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

 

2 cups sifted self-rising flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons Crisco shortening

2/3 to 3/4 cup buttermilk

 

Sift together dry ingredients. Cut shortening into flour mixture with fork until it resembles coarse meal. Add liquid gradually, stirring with the fork, until the mixture sticks together. Turn out on a lightly floured clean surface. Knead gently for about 1/2 minute until it feels elastic. Flour the rolling pin. Roll out dough to 1/2″ thick. Cut dough into biscuit shapes with a biscuit cutter or a floured beverage glass. Place on un-greased baking sheet in very hot oven (450 degrees F) for 12-15 minutes.  Biscuits should be lightly browned. Serve immediately with butter and jam. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen depending on the size of the cutter.  

 

Bibliography

 

“Baking Powder Biscuits.” American-International Encyclopedic Cookbook. Thomas Y. Crowell Company. Copyright 1972 by Homemakers Research Institute.

 

Living A Healthy And Active Life At University

Moving to University is a hard time in a young person’s life. They have to deal with a lot of change that can be quite daunting and lead to further challenges. Of course, this is simply part of growing up, but that doesn’t mean that things can be ignored. Health and fitness are two areas that are rarely considered by students at University. But, keeping fit and active on campus isn’t too hard. To help you out, this post will go through some of the easiest ways for college students to stay fit.

Diet

Of course, your diet plays the biggest part in your fitness journey. While at university, it can be very tempting to overindulge in cheap, unhealthy food. For some people, this isn’t outwardly a problem. But, internally, it will always be doing damage. It can be hard to eat healthily on a low budget. Organic and free range foods that are the healthiest tend to cost the most. So, you have to do some preparation. One of the easiest ways to eat healthy is to plan your food. Make sure that you choose meals that use similar ingredients, but provide enough of the required nutrients to survive. This will allow you to reap the savings of larger purchases, which can be used for multiple meals. It will also make it easier to avoid impulse food buys because you’ll already have meals prepared.

A lot of people overindulge in other ways, too. Drugs and alcohol are toxic chemicals which can do a lot of damage to your body if they’re mistreated. Binging on substances like this will do irreparable damage to internal organs like your liver. This means that you have to live a life of moderation. Of course, at university, you’ll always want to party. But, it’s not a good idea to drink heavily more than once a week. And, certain drugs should be taken in much stricter moderation, if at all.

Once you’ve made improvements to your diet, it won’t be long until you start to notice the benefits. Improving your diet will enable you to improve your education, as well. Eating well with give you more energy and increase your attention span. This added stamina and focus are perfect for when you have to study. Your body is a collection of pieces, that work as a whole. So, if one part is out of shape, other parts will feel the effects.

Exercise

Fitting in exercise amongst your studies and social activities can be hard, especially on campus. You have a lot of commitments, and a lot of your spare time is taken up. The time that you do have should be spent relaxing, right? Well, unfortunately, staying healthy isn’t easy. You have to make sacrifices. But, losing a bit of free time is certainly worth a healthier body.

Most universities have a gym. So, really, there’s no excuse not to be doing some exercise. Most universities will give their students reduced rates, which are very affordable. Having a gym so close to home makes it much easier to go for a quick exercise. When it comes to staying motivated to go to the gym, you can’t really on motivation. That sounds silly, right? Well, motivation is already there. You want to get fit. But, if you don’t want to go to the gym, obviously that motivation isn’t enough. So, you need to rely on something stronger; your will power.

If you prefer to exercise outside or as part of a daily routine, bicycles fit well into student life. Your daily errands can be made much shorter, while also getting exercise. And, because cycling isn’t an impact exercise, you don’t damage your joints in the process. Travelling on a bike is free. So, having it as your transport is a great way to save money by avoiding buses. They’re perfect inner city, too. In busy traffic, bikes will often be able to go faster than traffic. Saving time, money, and the world in the process. Of course, if you own a bike, you want to keep it protected. It’s worth fitting a tracker to your bike, as well as getting a good lock. If your bike is very valuable to you, it could also be worth getting bicycle insurance. It’s not too expensive and could save you from losing your transport, too.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start living a healthier student life. Once you start, you’ll notice the benefits almost immediately. You’ll need less sleep, and you’ll feel more focused. This is one of the best ways to raise your grades and avoid sickness!

Important Life Skills Not Taught In Schools

Although schools nowadays are a lot more aware of the need to provide their students with the key life skills they need in order to function in the real world as adults, they do still have a way to go.

While it’s great to learn the things taught by schools, and you should definitely try your best to learn as much as you can about each subject, unless you’re really planning to study them at a higher education level, or make it your full time career, then there are so many subjects that you really won’t use after you leave.

On the other hand, there are other skills that are more important to your life in general once you leave school. While schools often take the stance that these things are the responsibility of parents to teach, and they’re also right, many parents don’t teach these things – and often if they do, then they teach it the way they know, so bad habits are passed on, which later cause problems.

Below, we’re going to cover a few of these skills, how they can help you set yourself up for more success, and how you can start taking proactive action to learn them now.

Finance Skills:

Don’t worry, this has nothing to do with being good at math, or starting to study crazy equations. It’s simply the skills you need to be able to handle and manage money as an adult. Especially when starting university, it can be easy to get into debt, so it’s really important that you understand how to budget, how to save, how to pay taxes, and how to make sure you have enough money left over each month after paying your bills. You can find plenty of resources, such as experts like Darren Christopher Rowland online who can help you attain these skills.

Communication Skills:

Sure, you learn things like correct English in school, and you’re also taught things like manners and the appropriate ways to conduct yourself in public, both at school, and at home, it’s essential that you know how to communicate properly with your peers once in university, and in the workplace. Communication is about more than what you say, it’s really about how you say things, and the meaning or intent behind it. Being a good communicator also involves being able to listen to others, showing empathy, and also your non-verbal communication, such as body language. These skills are constantly being improved by adults, so don’t think you have to be an expert as soon as you leave school, this is a skill you’ll be perfecting your whole life.

Language Skills:

Although languages are technically taught in schools, they don’t start with them early enough. Young children are like sponges when it comes to learning and retaining new information, so languages should really be taught at nursery, or at the latest started with in primary school for the best results. It’s almost a waste of time to try and teach foreign languages in high school, because the information just doesn’t stick at that point, and usually the teachers aren’t native speakers of the language they’re teaching. They may speak with fluency, but this is no comparison to a native speaker. Of course, you may not want or need to learn a foreign language, but due to the amount of opportunities that it opens up for you, not only in your professional life, but on a personal level, it really is a skill that should be taught in school much earlier, and much better than it currently is.