It’s been two months and still no big girl job. The anxiety is becoming real y’all. I keep chatting with people who’ve said they were unemployed for six months, even a year, before they found something, but I never thought I’d be in that same position. Who knows how long it will take, but I really believe that God is using this time to humble me, to teach me patience and to trust.
In the meantime, ya girl still needs to pay rent! Last month, I found a freelance gig writing content for women’s health blogs. I’m also back at Agnes (so weird) helping to review student resumes for the Office of Internship and Career Development AND working part-time as a barista at Honey Bubble. So yes, I am keeping busy.
This two-month period also marks my transition into independence and adulthood. I know things like bills and laundromats will eventually lose their luster, but right now, at least for me, it’s all still fresh and exciting. Can we please take a moment to talk about all the things I’ve learned? Here are some of my big awakenings:
Becoming A Georgia Resident
Normally, my parents take care of my car registration, but Kingsley (aka my Honda Accord) was due for a smog check in California. I live in Atlanta now! There was no way I was driving all the way home, so it was time to register here in Georgia.
Before you can register your car, you have to have a Georgia ID, and before you can get a Georgia ID, you have to have proof of residency, so at the same time, I was also in the process of finding and signing the lease on an apartment. In terms of car stuff, DMV.org was a really helpful resource. Here was my to-do list:
- Find my local DDS (Department of Driver Services)
- Surrender my Cali ID *tears* and apply for a Georgia ID
- Transfer my car title from my dad’s name to mine
- Get an emissions test
- Find my local Registration and Title Office
- Register my car in Georgia and purchase a GA license plate
- Purchase car insurance
While you’re waiting for your ID to come in the mail, which can take up to two weeks, they give you a temporary paper ID, and suddenly no one trusts you! Say hello to pat-downs at the airport and questionable looks from bartenders.
At each step of the process, you’re gonna be dishing out money. I was very surprised when I showed up to the Registration and Title Office and found out I had to pay an additional fee, called the Ad Valorem Tax, which came out to about $500.
Also, car insurance! It’s definitely a good idea to shop around and get a couple quotes. Geico gave me the best offer. You can call the insurance company and have someone walk you through the process or sign up online. They will ask you lots of questions and offer different types of coverage, but it’s up to you to decide what you want/need. My total came out to $1,073 for a six-month premium. You can create a payment plan that works for you.
My roommate and I live in small, two-bedroom apartment in Old Fourth Ward. I have to admit the exterior looks a little sketchy, but we love our little space and the awesome neighborhood perks!
I now pay four different bills each month. I didn’t know anything about paying bills before: setting up the accounts, what average utilities cost, managing the monthly deadlines. We’re learning as we go. Here’s a look into the different bills we have and with what companies:
- Rent + Water (Landlord)
- Gas (Georgia Natural Gas)
- Electric (Georgia Power)
- Internet (Comcast)
Of course, the costs change depending on where you live, but if you live in a small home and/or have roommates, it’s pretty affordable!
Our apartment doesn’t have a washer and dry or a dishwasher. For some reason, I used to have this terrible perception of laundromats, but I love the concept now! Many of the people I see there are around my age, which makes it a great place to meet people. Plus, we’re saving money on utilities.
The laundromat I go to, Blusion, is five minutes from our apartment and has wi-fi and seating, so I can hang out and work while my laundry is washing and drying. They charge $4.25 to wash and dry a load of laundry.
“Many of the small details of “adulting” simply go unspoken.”
I wanted to talk about all of this, because many of the small details of “adulting” simply go unspoken. It helps to have someone guide you through the process. It helps to see company names and numbers and know what kind of expenses you’ll come up against. My family is still helping me as I transition into post-grad life, but I am learning a lot and am excited for all that this new stage of life will bring!
Those of you transitioning into adulthood or already have, what did I miss? What piece of advice would you have given to your younger self? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.