10 Things I Wish I Told Myself When I Was 18

1. You really should be putting some of that money you’re making into a Roth IRA.

2. Focus on getting jobs and internships sooner than later, or else you will have to waste a year or more out of college building up job experience before you can find a meaningful job. Plus, a lot of internships are only available to college students, and the best internships want you to have prior internship experience!

3. How much money will you need to support your lifestyle? Pay attention to this when choosing your career.

4. Don’t spend so much money on “sale” items that you don’t love. Buy things that you really like, that you’ll get a lot of use out of in the years to come.

5. Drink 8 glasses of water per day. A large part of your inability to focus and study, and your headaches, is because you’re dehydrated all the time.

6. Travel more now, because you won’t have time later.

7. Spend more time forcing yourself to meet people and develop a social life. Learning social skills in college is just as important as what you learn in the classroom.

8. Don’t let your insecurities get in the way of your happiness. Don’t let yourself feel like you’re beneath everyone. You’re not. And you are going to make yourself very depressed by thinking this.

9. Take classes that provide practical knowledge as well as classes that are steeped in academia. It’s more valuable for you to learn how to be good at graphic design than to take another sociology class you thought sounded interesting. You aren’t going to get a job with sociology.

10. Get in the habit of exercising, and surround yourself with friends who enjoy going to the gym, and going out for walks and runs. You will feel much better if you start an exercise routine, and ultimately be a better student and happier person.

What are 10 things you wish you could tell your 18 year old self?

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