The Privileges of Turning 18

Connor Whitfill, Staff Writer

Nobody is ever ready to become an adult. Days away from my birthday, I felt unconfident and scared for my future. I did not feel ready.  Once a person turns 18, they’re considered an adult, in at least 47 states. It’s an exhilarating thought and at first, it kind of stressed me out. However, I soon came to realize I would earn more privileges such as the right to vote, an official driver’s license, and a choice on specific financial decisions.

Out of all the privileges, the right to vote stands out to me the most. It makes me happy knowing I will have a voice in who will be our next leader. With my say, I can also try to help avoid corrupt politicians. Although some may believe their vote will never count, I know that even one vote can make the biggest impact. 

I earned my provisional license before the age of 18. With this license, I could drive by myself and help my family with errands. However, certain restrictions seem to hold me down, such as being limited to driving one friend. As soon as I turn 18, all those chains disappear. With an official license, I could help transport my friends who cannot drive to places. I am also no longer limited to a specific curfew which further amplifies the feeling of freedom.

Independent financial decisions act as a double-edged sword. On one end, I can make my own decision on what to buy. It’s the first real step into adulthood and seems great from a general point of view. However, for the last 18 years, my parents made all the financial calls and it terrifies me to receive so many big decisions in one day. To counteract this downfall, I plan to take financial advice from my parents, as they’re both bankers. I want to avoid irresponsible money choices that could result in money loss. Although money can still be horrific, with the right decisions, I know I can be successful like my parents.

Overall, adulthood presents itself as a huge obstacle, but it’s best to remember that I will obtain numerous privileges like suffrage, a driver’s license, and a choice on how to spend my money. Every time I stress about one aspect of adulthood, I will remember how I have my parents and friends to help me through whatever I need.