Politics. And other stuff I wish I understood.

Last night, two college graduates laid in bed and googled 
what or who the electoral college is.
Those two people were us.
(cue major blushing/feeling like total idiots)

We have watched every debate so far and I would say that I am moderately well informed.
I’m by no means an expert and that’s why you won’t see me 
flashing my opinion in your face.
I don’t know much about how the national debt effects us as a whole.
And I absolutely don’t know who has the best plan to 
get us back to a balanced budget.
In complete honesty,
I vote almost entirely based on social issues.
Whether that is right or wrong, that’s what I do.

But what I did realize last night is 
that there are SO many things that you learn and completely forget.
I feel like general education classes in college are 
supposed to prepare you with general knowledge.
I just remember so little of it.
It started me thinking about all the things I’ve forgotten (or never learned) and all the skills that you absolutely should know by the time you head out into the real world.

Here’s my list so far:

1. What the electoral college is and what it means for your vote
2. How to do your own laundry
3. What all of the Wars the US was involved in were called, who we were fighting, and why
4. How to balance your own personal budget
5. What a mortgage is, how interest rates work, and how it will effect you
6. How 410Ks and IRAs work and how important it is to start early
7. How to change a tire, check your oil, and jump start your car
8. How to make coffee
9. Nutritional basics – how to eat healthy, even if you choose not to
10. What qualities you value in yourself and others
11. A little bit about your family history
12. What you are truly afraid of and how you manage that fear
And a few less important things:

1. What color is your color
2. General knowledge of at least one 90’s sitcom
3. Whether you are a cat or dog person
Now help me out, what else have I forgotten?
I know there are other major skills that I haven’t listed.
And I certainly have not nailed everything on the list above.
Using a Keurig counts as making coffee, right?
And calling AAA counts as knowledge of changing a tire, yes?

Just some general ponderings on this gloomy Tuesday.
 To cheer things up a bit, I leave you with this:

Happy Tuesday!

  • This made me laugh. So true though! There are so many things that we are forced to learn that we forget because we didn’t care to learn it in the first place. (for me, a lot of this falls into the history category because I hated history in high school and college)


  • It’s definitely a gloomy Tuesday!

    There’s a good series of free podcasts called Stuff You Should Know. There’s a whole one just devoted to the Electoral College! I used to listen to them when I had to travel for work, now I listen to them when I’m working out. When Americans ask me why the UK doesn’t have a directly elected Head of State I remind them that technically they don’t either 😉

    Number six is interesting to me – having just moved to the USA I’m still getting my head around differences in finance and healthcare.

  • I think about this all of the time. There are SO many kids who get out of college and don’t even have a checkbook.
    This puppeh is too cute to handle. I miss little fluff ball puppy phase.

  • This stuff is so true! Seriously, where were the 401K classes in school. I could have used some useful education on this before I became an “adult”!

  • SO TRUE – My personal finance in college prepared me for more than my stats class!

  • I love this! And yes…I definitely could have used some classes on all of those things instead of Oceanography and Physics (I teach First Grade…no need for velocity there.)

  • How to understand insurance..health, car, home. It’s confusing at first.

    Also how to throw a dinner party..like thanksgiving.

    Keurig counts. def.

  • uuuum I fail on 5, 6 & most of 7. oops.

    And for the record, I think that voting based on social issues is perfectly legit … mostly because I do the same (they honestly mean more to me)

  • Definitely how to write in cursive. It’s becoming non-existant in schools. I think everyone needs to know the basics for signatures!


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