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What I Wish I Knew At Age 17

Here's everything everyone wish they knew at the age of 17. If it's good advice, hit the upvote button. The number next to it indicates the age the author wrote it at. Feel like there's something missing? Add a new message!



Hey 17 year old, don't spend time on people who don't want to spend time on you
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Hey 17 year old, call your grandparents
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Hey 17 year old, If you get the opportunity to do an international exchange, do it. It'll change your world.
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Hey 17 year old, WHATEVER YOU DO DONT GET STUDENT LOANS
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Hey 17 year old, smile and laugh more often, even if it's fake
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Hey 17 year old, get a head start with falling in love with exercise now. Find a sport you love and get used to being sweaty. If you're limited by cash/transport use YouTube workout videos at home first so you aren't afraid of looking like a novice in a gym.
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Hey 17 year old, Learn one technical skill you are already good at, then learn communication and people skills! When you get into a real job, it's not your technical skills that really matter, it's your ability to communicate with unfamiliar personalities.
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Hey 17 year old, don't go around trying to make everyone happy. Instead, focus on making some people extremely happy!
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Hey 17 year old, you're parents are a BILLION times better than they seem right now. Their advice may be strict but they always have you in mind. If they are wrong, try to convince them remembering that. They can be your closest allies if you let them be.
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Hey 17 year old, Take risks. You’ll never have so much to gain and yet so little to lose. Talk to the girl, take the job, learn the skill.
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Hey 17 year old, I wish I knew that during your age I would choose to go study abroad, the world is the best school. There is so much to see and to learn. School and grades is not the most importance but good grade help you to have more opportunities in the future.
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Hey 17 year old, Find your passion, it may involve college, it may not. Hustle your ass off but remember to make time for fun.
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Hey 17 year old, Those gay feelings doesn't make you weird and your friends will not abandon you. When you tell them, they will hug you and say they think it's cool you told them. Also - that straight boy you have a crush on... he will end up being your first <3
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Hey 17 year old, Be grateful to your parents for all that they’ve done for you and continue to do for you. Being a parent is totally exhausting and driving kids around to sporting events ever night means they can’thave a few drinks and relax after a hard day of work.
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Hey 17 year old, the future is NOT set in stone. It may feel like you have to decide the rest of your life right now, but you can always change your path.
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Hey 17 year old, don't sacrifice your high school experience for the sake of getting into the best college ever.
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Hey 17 year old, love yourself first and don't loose yourself into a toxic relationship. It's not worth it. Time heals any heartbreak, but it won't let you forget the shame you feel when you can finally see that you don't respect yourself anymore.
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Hey 17 year old, invest in friendship, as the years pass they are harder to build.
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Hey 17 year old, Don't look at your phone/computer so much, go after the girls instead. Practice makes perfect!
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Hey 17 year old, Start considering a career with high salaries. Money won't buy you happiness, but it sure helps
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Hey 17 year old, People pay much less attention to you than you think, they're too busy dealing with their own stuff. So there's no need to be embarrassed about yourself. If someone does talk about you behind your back, take it as a compliment: you're interesting!
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Hey 17 year old, I know you're looking forward to being done with High school. If you're sure that you're going to college, go get a job in an office somewhere. It may be irrelevant to your education but it will teach you to approach school like a job.
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