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Adulting 101 – Part 2

IndonesiaUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Laeticia Junanto | Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe Contact Laeticia

As this is the second part of this series, I’ll jump straight in! (To read the first part where I touch on social media and relationships click here: https://our.warwick.ac.uk/adulting-101/ )

Keeping Educated

  • Get out of your Echo Chamber

At degree-level study, we dive pretty deep into details. So, whether you’re a Maths major or a History major, it’s easy to lose touch with a broader sense of the world. As you choose career paths and get stuck into your domain, you may find you have less and less in common with people from different backgrounds and with different plans for the future.

Diversity not only makes for interesting human beings but brings a wider range of perspectives to the table. A diverse group of friends will not only have more answers and advice, but will encourage you to question the norms that you may take for granted.

So, put yourself out of your comfort zone – try new things and meet new people. And most importantly be open minded – don’t write someone off as a friend if they don’t have the same history, opinions and ideas as you.

It may sound simple, but how many of your friends study what you study? How many of your friends hold your same political ideas? Warwick is filled with diversity, make the most of it!

  • Read

Podcasts, documentaries, films, series are all great, but nothing quite gets as involved as books do.

Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, take the time to read. Develop your interests or learn about new ones. University is not the end of your school life, but rather the start of your independent education.

In a world that’s always moving so fast, take the time to slow down, pick up a book and get lost in your imagination.

  • Current Affairs

As humans with the right to vote it is so important to have a basic level of political understanding and engagement.

Whether through podcasts, TV or newspapers, it’s crucial to keep yourself up-to-date and to have somewhat of an overview of the events shaping our global landscape. You don’t have to start lobbying, but when election days come around, it is important that you’re vote is influenced by your personal views and involvement, rather than those around you.

Self Care

  • Sunscreen

As we get older, we need to start thinking about the longer-term consequences of our habits.

If you’ve ever watched a YouTuber’s skincare routine, it will come as no surprise that sunscreen should be a staple in your daily routine. Sunscreen helps prevent premature aging, helps to maintain an even skin tone, but most importantly will significantly reduce the risk of contracting skin cancer. So, do your 40-,50-,60-year-old self a favour by always protecting your skin before you leave the house.

It’s also important to bear in mind, that some products that you may be using on your skin – cleansers, toners, acne-treatments – can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. So, if you’re following any skincare routine at all, make sure sunscreen is a mandatory part of it!

Likewise, as much as we all love a just-walked-off-the-beach tan, it may be time to start weighing up the health risks and either embrace your healthy skin tone or, indeed, reach for a bottle of spray tan!

  • Exercise

A natural mood-booster and an integral part of a long and healthy life – regular exercise is an absolute must!

No matter what shape or size you are, exercise is about much, much more than a summer body or 6-pack abs! It’s about your mood, energy levels, internal and long-term health.

Exercise doesn’t have to mean long distance running or hours in the gym – whether it’s rock climbing, weight training or dancing, somewhere out there is an exercise that you’ll love!

IndonesiaUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Laeticia Junanto | Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe Contact Laeticia

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