Do 17 year olds read my blog? I don’t think they do. I feel like, when I was 17, I had no interest in hearing about how some nerdy university girl found jobs, networked, and (attempted) to do well in school. But looking back, I wish these were things I took an interest in. Because maybe now, at age 21, I wouldn’t feel like I’m already having a quarter-life crisis while I try to put myself ahead of everyone else in this game called ‘the real world’.
But I know I can’t convince any of you youngins’ that there are more important things in life than having the best Friday night plans and the most followers on Twitter; finding out for yourself is half the fun (the other half is having good stories to tell your adult friends and, dare I say, children). So in the spirit of nostalgia, here are the things I wish I had known at 17:
Going to school with perfectly straightened hair and a full face of makeup won’t make people like you.
Your best friends won’t care how far you move or how often you text them, but they’ll still put everything on hold when you call or come back home.
That natural 6 pack you had from having an unusually high metabolism throughout your childhood won’t outlive your university meal plan.
Don’t fall victim to the self-fulfilling prophecy. The kids at your high school don’t take your seriously? Work your ass off and be their boss some day.
Spend less money on clubwear, more money on blazers.
Don’t use people as security blankets. Be courageous enough to find happiness on your own.
Don’t get a fake ID, you’ll ruin all of your own fun when you’ve grown out of your ‘bar stage’ by the time you even turn 19.
The bleached blonde hair extensions look isn’t doing you any favours.
Save your money. Your university self will thank you.
The social media world doesn’t need to know our problems, nor does it care.
Nobody cares if you were cool in high school.
Meeting the love of your life shouldn’t be a “goal”. Falling in love is the most beautiful phenomenon if you just let it happen naturally.
Even the most successful PR practitioner doesn’t need to know why the limit does not exist. Advanced Functions will waste your time.
People are going to hate to see you be successful. These people are lonely, jealous, and quite frankly, unsuccessful.