Advice Giver: How to Do Life After College

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Dear Advice-Giver,

I am graduating soon and will be moving into an apartment a week after Commencement, but I am not sure how to pay rent. What do I do when rent is due? Who do I give it to?

Sincerely,

Lost in a Sea of Bills

Dear Lost in a Sea of Bills,

I have received several questions about this, and after much research, I have come to a conclusion. I recently read a book for my history class where the characters in the book paid rent in the form of “cotton” they had “grown” on some “land.” I am still unclear on whether this is real cotton, or if cotton really means something else. I do know that the “cotton” goes to the landowner, which in the book is always a white man. He is often rich. On the bright side, you only have to pay rent once a year!

I hope this helps. If you have further questions, the land owner can probably answer them!

Sincerely,

Advice-Giver

Dear Advice-Giver,

For as long as I can remember, my mom has always made my doctors appointments. I am due for a check up and I don’t know what to do. Please help!

Best,

Phone Calls Scare Me

Dear Phone Calls Scare Me,

Dude, same. I have actually done this before! First, you need to look up the phone number for the place you usually go. Typically you can find this information on their website. Next, you need to send a letter to your insurance company, or your employer, to obtain a secret code. This code is essential when making the appointment, so have it handle when you make the call. After you get the code, call the office. Someone will answer and walk you through the application process and you will hopefully be accepted for an appointment. Planning ahead is mandatory, so be prepared!

Sincerely,

Advice-Giver

Dear Advice-Giver,

How do I pay taxes? How much are they? Do I have to do that????

Thanks,

Young & Afraid

Dear Young & Afraid,

Paying taxes can be complicated, but they are nothing to be afraid of. The good news is that taxes are only $5 a year for state and $10 a year for federal. What gets tricky is how you pay them. You can go to your local Post Office to pay them. The complicated part is waiting in line. The lines are not fun, there are no snacks, and it’s always long because only one person works at a time at they are required to be between 90 and 100 years old to even apply. It’s slow. Plan to spend your whole day doing this. Definitely stop for some ice cream on the way home, you will need it. Unfortunately, you have to pay taxes or else! The “or else” is unclear to me, but it seems undesirable so I wouldn’t recommend finding out.

Sincerely,

Advice-Giver

Dear Advice-Giver,

I am graduating soon and will be receiving a diploma. I understand that this is a symbol of all my education and hard work, but what am I supposed to do with it?

Sincerely,

Confused…

Dear Confused…,

I hear ya. This piece of paper seems fairly trivial in an increasingly paperless world, but I assure you it is not! It is my understanding that this is what people keep in their briefcases and laptop bags. This is simply another form of identification that is required to be carried by all who have one. College graduates who are caught not carrying their diploma can be subject to public shaming and up to 3 days in jail. I don’t really understand this, but that’s the rule. My recommendation would be to get it laminated and put it in a nice folder to keep in your briefcase. Some people even go as far as making copies of it to keep in the office so everyone knows without even asking. I hope this helps!

Sincerely,

Advice-Giver

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