By 21, many of you will have graduated from University, been to college, completed an apprenticeship or perhaps even had part-time or full-time job.
You will have lived independently or in student accommodation. Been able to vote in elections, buy lottery tickets and alcohol in shops, clubs and bars but yet society still sees you as not being “mature” enough to have full control of your life and our future.
It’s crazy how we have had these privileges for many years, and yet at 21, we’re still not eligible for minimum wage!
There has been many changes in recent years which have effected young people including ESA being scraped and University fees tripling from £3,000 to £9,000 a year.
The 2017 May election saw a significant rise in young people voting: 66.4 % according to Sky News, compared to 43% in the 2015 general election, which helps to show that young people, like us at 21, want change and more control over our future.
Despite all this our parents, family and older adults in society still see us as silly teenagers.
These negative opinions can often make us feel run down and not good about ourselves; but our own self-happiness should always comes out on top, especially when entering the adult world.
We’ve got a few tips to help you get through this awkward stage of “new adulthood”
Always work had and be proud of your achievements
Although people might discourage your age, always try your best and be proud of all the responsibilities you have undertaken.
The chances are you’ve probably done more than your parents or grandparents depending on their education experience.
Don’t compare your lifestyle to others
Life is about taking things at your own pace, so even if others might jump to conclusions, we don’t have to have a standard way of life.
You make the choices that are right for you, and at the time it suits you best.
You will mistakes but you will also learn from them!
Having only just grown out of a childhood lifestyle, adult life will seem like a different world, and at first it can be difficult to adapt to these new changes.
You are bound to make mistakes, but it is always best to acknowledge the mistakes you make and learn and move on from them.
Remember your parents were young once as well and had to go through all of this too.
Don’t let others soak up your happiness. Boost your self-esteem and smile about what life has in store for you.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something or that you’re not older enough to understand because you’re a real life adult now!