As a teenager, I used to dream of finally being an adult and imagined that it was a glorious happening to turn 18. Adulthood meant freedom!
Well, 18-year-old-me, that’s a yes and a no. Adulthood comes with its own fine print that you don’t learn or think too much about until it’s too late. You don’t enter adulthood knowing everything. In fact, it comes with plenty of embarrassing mishaps. Our team shared a few of their worst adulting fails.
“One time I found a massive bug that I couldn’t identify in my kitchen. I was barefoot so I decided to trap it, rather than squash it. I put a Solo cup over the bug (which was a miracle itself—can’t believe I let myself get that close to it) and then the cup started moving… so naturally, I started freaking out. I taped the cup down to the floor and to the wall with a note on it so that my (clumsy and sorta clueless) former roommate wouldn’t move the cup, and I just left it there for a few days until I could be sure the bug had suffocated. Not sure this method comes recommended from the experts, but it was all I could think of to do.” – Alyssa Ammirato, Life Director
Lesson: “1. Bugs are a part of apartment life, no matter how Danny Tanner/Monica Gellar-esque you are in your cleaning habits; 2. Always have a Solo cup and Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon in the kitchen for scooping bugs out the window.”
“So, as your typical twenty something, sometimes I procrastinate when it comes to washing dishes. But luckily, at the time, I was fortunate to have a full sized dishwasher in my tiny little apartment. So naturally I loaded up all the dirty dishes, put in the required amount of soap, hit start, then boom I was done. Simple as that. Maybe an hour later I went back to check on them, and to my surprise all I saw was BUBBLES! EVERYWHERE AND I MEAN EVERYWHERE WAS COVERED IN SUDS. Just Imagine this tiny, let’s say ‘galley style’ kitchen filled with nothing but bubbly lemon-scented suds. All I could do was stand there, stare and question all my life choices.” – Chessa Reid, News Writer
Lesson: “To this day I don’t know what type of soap I used, or what exactly went wrong but I did learn this — there is a distinct difference between dishwashing liquid and dishwasher liquid. Confuse the two, and you’ll be cleaning up way more than just dishes.”
“Trying to be an adult means trying to be friendly to neighbors because you have to share a small space with them. I overhead it being my neighbor’s birthday soon so when I heard everyone being loud and partying downstairs, I thought I’d be adult and neighborly by bringing something down for the celebration. I caught him in the hallway and was like “Wooh! Happy Birthday! Sounds like a fun party inside!” Turns out, his dad has just passed and it was an after-funeral gathering. I mean, everyone was having a good time, but I just melted on the floor.” – Sarah DeGeorge, Social Media Director
Lesson: “Needless to say, the moral is assuming can put you in awkward situations so make sure you get the full story first.”
“I think for me, it’s being a responsible adult who spends the night at a friend’s place after being out late the night before. It was a grown-up decision, mostly advised by how expensive cab fares are at 3 a.m. The fail comes in when my friend and I are walking down the street from her house the next afternoon to grab food and a toothbrush for me. She’s in her pajama shorts, and I was in the clothes I had on the night before (that got some mud on them? Um, how? Why???), and we ran into the bartender of the lounge we were at for a couple hours the previous night. Of course he recognized us from chatting at the lounge a few times before. Of course he was cute. Of course we hadn’t showered or brushed our teeth or washed our hair or made sure all our leftover mascara was off. I think maybe we also smelled from alcohol and dancing? It was the worst hangover experience. So we each bought a bag of donuts.” – Ansley Pentz, Marketing Assistant
Lesson: “Donuts were well deserved.”
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