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What I Wish I Knew At Age 18

Here's everything everyone wish they knew at the age of 18. 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 18 year old, It's not the end of the world failing your first year of university. Oh, it's gonna really suck at first but it happens to plenty of people and they get through it. Reflect, seek out your options, but don't give up - keep challenging yourself 👩‍🎓
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Hey 18 year old, Your relatives, friends, and romantic partners are important blocks in the process of building the foundation of your life. Be selective, even picky, go for quality and not quantity. It's OK to break up with a relative if it is absolutely necessary.
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Hey 18 year old, Go out and see the world if you can. Do not be afraid of breaking the comfort zone. And remember, you are beautiful
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Hey 18 year old, The reason people twice your age seem like they know what they're doing isn't having that much more education--it's that they've spent more time understanding themselves.
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Hey 18 year old, You will always love your high school sweetheart. You will never forget him/her. I can't stress enough -- do everything you can to stay with that person. Don't live a life of wishing you had done more to be together.
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Hey 18 year old, Make sure you have a variety of friends, especially friends who think differently than you.
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Hey 18 year old, You don't have to go to college. It's okay to just get a normal job painting houses or something, and not have to think about it when you get home or worry about student loans. You can always change your mind and go later--the school will be there.
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Hey 18 year old, Study abroad, learn about other cultures and languages. When you come home very few people will understand your experience. The people who understand are people you should keep in contact with for life, they will go places. Connections are everything
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Hey 18 year old, You think it's love, don't mistake lust and settle to early.
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Hey 18 year old, Hoping to an entrepreneur for a career as a working class kid is like hoping to be a superhero or a unicorn or something like that. You’re going to have to get a wage job. But beyond that, personal connections are more important than money.
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Hey 18 year old, don't despair to have a girlfriend/boyfriend, in some years you will have everything you want.
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Hey 18 year old, I wish I’d studied abroad in college. What a cool way to experience another country.
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Hey 18 year old, Go to college and finish in 4-5 years. There will be temptations to take a semester off, travel, follow a significant other, etc. Resist them. You will be 22-23 when you graduate, which is still so unbelievably young, but you don't know that yet.
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Hey 18 year old, 90% of college is going to class. Just show up.
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Hey 18 year old, don't let anyone convince you that you can't make a living as a writer. Sure, you may not be writing the fiction you want to write all the time, but you can actually make a good living with words.
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Hey 18 year old, You don't have to go to college. Only go if you know *precisely* why you are going. Working at an entry level job -- fast food, whatever -- is infinitely better than going to college for no reason. Shoot, join the military.
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Hey 18 year old, Learn how to cook steak, salmon, and macaroni cheese properly. Your mouth will thank you, and you'll be rescued from the next five years of shoe-leather meat, flabby microwaved fish, and grated-cheese-thrown-over-pasta.
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Hey 18 year old, college isn't the only answer. Trade school and alternative education are perfectly acceptable alternatives to going to a traditional colleges. Not everyone is a scholar, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
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Hey 18 year old, Finished school and about to start at university or college? Think about what you want to work in, not what you want to study in the first place. Then work out from there which studies make the most sense for you. There are always multiple options.
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Hey 18 year old, Try not to be exclusive in your choices. Or if you have strong reasons to be, be flexible when you explain it to people ... => Makes you sounds wise, and pushes you to anticipate the remarks you may receive !
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Hey 18 year old, Build credit right away then use it wisely. It completely establishes a positive foundation for your adulthood to have good, ample credit.
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Hey 18 year old, mental illness is not your fault but it is your responsibility.
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Hey 18 year old, Go to school but go for something you enjoy. You have the rest of your life ahead of you don't choose a career path solely based on future wages. There is more to life than money. And job satisfaction makes a world of difference.
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Hey 18 year old, Look at some job titles online to help you better understand what you might want to do after college. See if you can find ways to apply your interests to job titles.
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Hey 18 year old, Please get some sort of a degree or certification. Nothing worse than having a great job, losing it through no fault of your own, than finding out you’re qualified for almost nothing.
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Hey 18 year old, “The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind. If it is trained well, it can create enormous wealth in what seems to be an instant.” ― Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad
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Hey 18 year old, Education is important. If you are going to college/university, pick a program that has real world application.
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Hey 18 year old, create your own timeline, modify it as you wish, and never let anyone rush you with their timelines. Do what you love, love what you do.
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Hey 18 year old, Come on, you always can do better.
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Hey 18 year old, Get tested for gluten sensitivity. If you're sensitive, give it up. It's easier than you think, and will yield greater rewards than you expect.
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