How to Budget Like an Adult

I can’t think of an intro so let’s just hop into it- welcome to “How to Be an Adult” with your resident supplier of tangentially related admission knowledge: Grant Cushman. Now I know as counseling professionals we are inundated with an excess of wealth. I hear it all the time: “Grant, I have Heisenberg levels of money from all of this admission counseling. What should I do with it?” Fortunately, I’ve thought about this a lot and I’ve found that the absolute best answer to this question is...BUY A BOAT! Boats are awesome for several reasons, none of which I will go into because I’m clearly joking. But really though- times are tough, money is tight, and personalized coffee mugs are cheap. It’s easy to lose track of your finances when it’s so much more rewarding to make it rain on Amazon (but only for Prime-eligible; asking me to wait five days is, quite frankly, insulting). With so many wonderful gadgets available with the click of a button, it’s really no wonder why spending … [Read more...]

How to Speak Publicly Like an Adult

I’m waiting for the day that I can’t find a cat picture that correlates perfectly with my blog topic. I fear that day will never come. Anyway, cheerio and welcome to another edition of ‘How to Be an Adult’, starring resident and supposedly legitimate adult: Grant Cushman. Today, we tackle a very important topic in our profession and in our lives in general: public speaking. Now, according to statistics that I literally just googled, 74% of people suffer from some form of Glossophobia (that’s fancy trustee talk for fear of speaking in a public venue). As I mentioned before, I’m an adult-- so I don’t have time to fact check that data or wonder why the next study listed is titled ‘Urinary Frequency and Bladder Control Statistics’. But I’m gonna just assume this site and the data therein is legitimate and move forward. Bathroom statistics aside, it’s a commonly held notion that public speaking is terrifying. Now, I’m not the best public speaker in the world, but I’m definitely in the … [Read more...]

How to Dress Like an Adult

Tag Team--back again. Check--it’s Tuesday, let’s begin. Party on WACAC, let me hear some noise. G-Cush on the blog, jump, jump, rejoice. WHOMP (there it is)! With that...Welcome everyone to another installment of How to be an Adult with your best friend and professional colleague, Grant Cushman. Today, I hope to tackle the fascinating and ever-elusive topic of professional dress and how you can master the art of admission style. It’s a well-known fact that clothes make the (wo)man, and that goes double for admission counselors; without clothes, you probably wouldn’t have gotten the job in the first place. Since we are always in the public eye, it’s important that we look like we’ve moved past the time in our lives where our collective mothers laid out our collective clothes on our collective beds the night prior. Therefore, it’s key that we, as charming, wonderful, and humble counselors, take inventory of our wardrobe and decide the best way to present ourselves. Now, this … [Read more...]

How to Wake Up Like an Adult

Welcome to the inaugural post of the soon-to-be underwhelming and probably-not-famous blog, ‘How to Be an Adult.’ It’s my first blog post, so I figured I would tackle the first thing we all have to do in the morning: waking up. Now, if you’re like me (i.e. lucky), then this is probably one of the hardest things you have to do throughout the day. I am, admittedly (and purposefully), not a morning person. There are fewer things that give me as much masochistic pleasure as hitting the snooze button for the umpteenth time while I drowsily convince myself that breakfast isn't that important. Now, have I mastered the art of waking up? No, not at all. Did I hit the snooze button three times today? No. I hit it twice and then shut off my phone because I couldn’t be bothered to hit it a third time five minutes later.  With that being said, I have learned some great strategies in my time as a young adult that have made my lazy days less frequent and my mornings less abrasive. I hope that you … [Read more...]