5 Things to Know when you Turn 18


Eighteen. In the US, it’s the age you can buy cigarettes,
register to vote, and get married without a legal guardian’s or court’s permission
in most states. It’s when you are legally considered an
adult, and it’s when a lot of us gain a large measure of independence. This month my sister turned 18, so for her
birthday, I wanted to compile a list of a few things that you should probably know when
you turn 18. [♪♩INTRO] #1 Voting In many countries you are now eligible to
vote! In the U.S., it is your decision whether
to vote or not, and in most states you have to go and register yourself before you can. This choice is yours and only yours, and it
is one of many choices that you are responsible for, now that you are an adult. If you do choose to vote, there’s a link
in the description to a guide on how to vote in each state that Hank and company made in
2016. If you don’t live in the U.S., you might
have a different system. Many countries whose citizens elect their
officials automatically register each of their citizens, for some countries like Australia
or Belgium, voting is mandatory, and in some countries citizens do not elect their officials. Voting is one of the main ways you can make
your voice heard in a democratic society. It’s a pretty big responsibility, which
is why you have to be an adult to do it! #2 SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Another, more U.S.-centric thing you should know is the digits of your social security
number. Like your address or phone number, this is
something you should probably have memorized. Knowing your social security number is not
something necessarily specific to turning 18, but because many young folks enter the
workforce at this age, we figured it was worth mentioning. Your social security number is assigned to
you at birth, and you can kind of think of it as your claim to workers insurance. In fact, the official name for social security
is “Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance”, and it is designed to provide you and/or your
family financial assistance when you get to a certain age after working for a certain
amount of time, become disabled, or die. You may have heard that social security will
run out by the time you retire, but according to experts, this is very unlikely. Social security will almost undoubtedly go
through some changes before you retire, but as it’s a very popular program that’s
been around for a while, it will probably continue to exist. The program is funded through taxation, so
you’ll need to have this number on hand to become employed, or if you’re self employed,
you’ll need it to report your wages to the government. Be careful to whom you give this number, because
someone can steal your identity if they get ahold of it. It’s normal for banks to ask for it when
you open an account, when applying for a federal loan or public assistance, applying for a
passport or driver’s license, when someone is going to perform a background check on
you, or, as I said earlier, when you’re becoming employed and when you’re doing
your taxes. There are a few other reasons why someone
might ask for your social security number, but it’s best to be cautious and make sure
it’s absolutely necessary before giving it away. #3 DOCUMENT YOUR APARTMENT
As you venture out on your own, you’ll probably wind up renting an apartment at some point. When you sign your lease, before you move
your stuff in: Take. Pictures. Of. Everything. Send them to your landlord or property management
company, and keep a copy around for yourself. If you want to get your deposit back, you’ll
want to have these pictures around to prove that anything in the apartment that is already
dirty, scuffed, or damaged was that way when you got there. Your property management company or landlord
don’t have to have malicious intentions to take money out of your deposit to fix something
when you leave: they might just not have known about the damage. Take it upon yourself to document everything
before you live in a space in order to prevent a massive headache for your future self. #4 MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES CAN BE AFFORDABLE
Perhaps one of the most important things on this list, is knowing how to get psychological
support. There are a lot of folks out there who believe
that they cannot afford therapy, but many therapists will offer their services on a
sliding scale, and will find a way to make therapy affordable to you. Early adulthood is challenging for many people,
but no matter what your age is, if you feel like you’re struggling, one of the best
things you can do for yourself is seek professional help. If you’re interested and not sure where
to start, we have a video about finding a therapist that we’ll leave in the description. #5 YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE THINGS FIGURED
OUT Okay, you’re an adult, so you should basically
have your whole future planned out, right? There’s probably been someone in the history
of the world for which that rings true, but for the vast majority of us, adulthood is
just a continuation of figuring things out that began when we were very tiny babies. We can make educated guesses and plans, and
have goals and dreams, but no one knows what the future holds. It’s okay to not know what you want to do
with your life, and it’s also okay to try something and change your mind. Thanks for watching, and happy birthday to
all you newly-minted 18-year-olds out there. If you want to get more information on how
to adult, give that old subscribe button a click-a-roo. And if you want to support us on Patreon,
and help fund some sweet sweet content, head on over to patreon.com/howtoadult. Intro
[“booping” the intro music] In many countries, you are now eligible to bo— To boat. I’ve had my identity stolen, like, three times so… Be careful. As you veg— Vegetable. As you vegetable out on your own… [something drops in upstairs]
Head on over to Patreon.com/howtoadult [off screen]
Let’s do that one one more time because it sounded [off screen]
like someone dropped a bowling ball. [off screen, laughter]
Oh my god, you are amazing. [laughter] I did it!

100 thoughts on “5 Things to Know when you Turn 18

  1. I am 14 but i am glad to be a minor enjoy being young in ur life while you can. I enjoy being a minor cause it is less work for me 😁

  2. Thank you soooo much for making these videos becoming an adult makes me feel so lost and confused and this chanel is a life saviour.

  3. I'm 18, but I feel like I'm 40, I get attracted to those things that older people like. Its kinda weird, hope its normal lol

  4. Never use a social security card number its not your to have its go's with the birth certificate thats not you its a slave documents you are doing fraud when you use the fictional documents i am who i say iam the hospital created the birth certificate if you use it you best claim it and setoff all accounts after all its a bond thats worth billons of dollars dont believe me look it up your being played a slave the government and state's agency's and the kangaroo courts of the corperation every time you pay a bill they double dip the A4V ACT EXCEPT for value pays all your bills for you its called set offs from your account.you own nothing and control everything in your estate dont take my word for it do your own research.

  5. 16 im going to be 17 I'm so nervous!!!! Is it hard being an adult. I'm so scared I don't know how taxes work or how to file for a job and avoid getting scammed. HELP PLZ!!!!!

  6. Not that it is a big deal but you can enlist in the army (and probably other branches of the US Military) at the age of 17, you just need a parent or guardian to OK it.

  7. 99 percent of 18 yrs old are idiots in United states they have no idea what to do and work, shamefully. 89 percent over 28 still live at home no job no savings useless people feeding off their parents

  8. You're amazing i didn't realize at the end of the video the people in the background said the same thing

  9. I feel like some fatass politician in his underwear was just sitting on his couch and he was asked "how old should people be to be treated as an adult and be able to do most things?" Then the politician just said "uhhh 18" basically just pulling a random number out of his ass, and that's why you have to be 18 to do most things.

  10. I’m twelve and I’m in the high school marching band, so I go through a lot of reality checks so I looked this up, I know that 18 is going to be here soon, I’ve calculated the hours until I’m on my own and it’s a really hard thing to think about, people say I’m to young to be considering jobs and finding affordable health care but I just want to be prepared

  11. I find it stupid to consider 18 "an adult" when there are still so many restrictions at that age, if you go to Vegas, they treat you like a toddler, you can't buy alcahol anywhere, there are various things that are limited to 21+

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