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What I Wish I Knew At Age 19

Here's everything everyone wish they knew at the age of 19. 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 19 year old, alcohol and partying won't bring you happiness.
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Hey 19 year old, don't be afraid to ask yourself who you are. Try to see yourself from a view that is not influenced by your environment: family, friends, community, school, work... Be you, do you.
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Hey 19 year old, Focus on being a likeable person with good social skills and a high number of quality relationships at least twice as much as you focus on grades and skills. Jobs come from relationships, not achievement, and life is all about people anyway.
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Hey 19 year old, dress in public like you might meet the love of your life
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Hey 19 year old, start flossing more
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Hey 19 year old, No girlfriend name tattoos. Laser removal is expensive and hurts worse than a tattoo.
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Hey 19 year old, don't fret if you don't have your career path figured out...try new things and it will eventually come to you.
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Hey 19 year old, it's okay to follow your gut
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Hey 19 year old, Someone not liking you can feel awkward, but it is better in the long run to be true to yourself than to change for the purpose of pleasing others. Trying to please everyone is not possible and not worth the effort.
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Hey 19 year old, wear sunscreen every day
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Hey 19 year old, Majoring in something interesting is just as important as majoring in something that can get you a fantastic job. Balance passion with pragmatism.
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Hey 19 year old, Take care of yourself. Notice which things sap away at your energy: a cluttered living space, a toxic friendship, a view of yourself that's more critical than understanding. It's healthy to take the time to change or give up these things.
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Hey 19 year old, Wear a condom
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Hey 19 year old, if you can't take it, you also shouldn't give it ...
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Hey 19 year old, It's difficult to understand a parents love for their children until you have children of your own. All I can tell you is that it trancends anything you understand about love. And I assure you, your parents love you more than anything.
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Hey 19 year old, 1. Don't sweat the small stuff. Everything works out just fine. Life doesn't Happen TO you, it happens FOR you. 2. Live life to the fullest. Live in the moment. Life is shorter than you think. 3. Travel. As much as you can
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Hey 19 year old, Dont be scared if you think youre too dumb for studying medicine. I work with so many dumb doctors.
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Hey 19 year old, Power through. You're about to enter the next stage of your life. Pain and trauma you've experienced to this point will start to mold the person you are, and how you treat people as you grow. Value true relationships and friendships.
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Hey 19 year old, Do sports, do sports, do not get absorbed on romantic relationships for now
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Hey 19 year old, Don't be afraid to switch things up right now. You might be starting college soon and feel like you have to stick to one specific path for whatever reason. Im telling you this as a senior engineering major, I wish i would have picked a degree I enjoy
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Hey 19 year old, Cursing can be a great emotional release, but if you're going to curse, learn to do it properly and efficiently. Dropping F-bombs every other word doesn't help get your point across. Peppering your speech with well-placed profanities is the key.
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Hey 19 year old, don't sweat yourself on entering into romantic relationships. You and your crush enjoying each other's company is good. Having healthy friendships is even better.
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Hey 19 year old, I could give you some advice, but just follow everything in 'Wear Suncreen' and you won't go too far wrong. https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/chi-schmich-sunscreen-column-column.html
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Hey 19 year old, Work hard and money is easy to come by, even as a full time college student
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Hey 19 year old, Do not try to be like everyone else, focus on what makes you unique and stand out.
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Hey 19 year old, Even if you like going out, it's alright to not want to sometimes. Go for a quiet one instead, or get coffee, whatever, you can slow down and not feel bad about it.
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Hey 19 year old, Take nothing from the dessert bar.
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Hey 19 year old, Don't live on ramen because you're a poor student! PB&J is cheap and more nutritious!
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Hey 19 year old, What you study should be three things: fun to study, fun to know and fun to work with!
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Hey 19 year old, keep living. whatever you need to do to ensure that you keep going, do that.
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