Amanda’s Corner: 22 Things I Learned by 22

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Dear Like a Boss go-getters,

This past December, I turned 22 years old. With all the exciting birthdays behind me (apart from 25, when car insurance rates go down—what a blast), I took time to do some reflecting on life lessons that I have learned.

  1. Grades aren’t everything. Education is more about the learning process than your GPA.
  2. When I have a senior thesis and graduation from college looming over me, it is okay to sit in my room and eat Kix and pretend that I am five again.
  3. Being in a long distance relationship can be challenging—but nothing you can’t handle. In fact, it can be one of the most rewarding parts of life.
  4. Hiking a mountain can help you to realize your full potential. But start early because otherwise, you and your climbing buddies might end up hiking your way down through a dark forest. In the rain. With just a small flashlight. (Oops.)
  5. Travel as often as you can, and see the world.
  6. Don’t play intramural soccer just because you feel like you have to. If you have been playing a sport since second grade and have not enjoyed it since fourth grade—and you are now in tenth grade—it is time to quit. There are more fulfilling things you can do with your time.
  7. Pursuing volunteer and activism work can make an impact on so many people—including yourself.
  8. There is always time to enjoy a slice of chocolate cake.
  9. Networking and social media can lead to great opportunities. (Hello, Like a Boss!)
  10. That being said, while it can be fun, life is better lived outside of the realm of Facebook.
  11. A hand-written thank you card or letter can go a long way, especially in this day and age.
  12. In college, you will always wonder why you never wanted to sleep when you were little. Every nap is precious.
  13. Ask a handful of people you admire to be your mentors, whether they are your professors or teachers or those who work in a field in which you want to work. Meet or talk on the phone with them a few times a year, and always thank them for their advice.
  14. Having a twin is one of the coolest things ever.
  15. Keeping your room clean and organized (and even a little decorated!) will automatically make you feel better AND more productive.
  16. Friends who make you feel badly about yourself are not worth your time. When a “friend” said to my third grade girl scout troop that I should “eat crumbs” when I said I didn’t like hot dogs, I was hurt, but it took years of passive aggressive bullying for me to finally say “see ya later.”
  17. Instead, friends who leave you notes on your door when you are having a bad day and stay up late having adventures with you are the kind you want to have in your life always.
  18. Hold onto all of the diaries you ever keep. You will smile at the musings of your fourth grade self and realize that your worries as a teenager were never so bad after all.
  19. Always remind yourself how far you have come. My twin brother and I have gone from being born 12 weeks early with complications (he weighed 2 pounds, 14 ounces, and I weighed 2 pounds, 8 ounces!) to being healthy, bright college students.
  20. When you say you don’t like coffee, just wait until college.
  21. When a friend or loved one does something that bothers you, it is always better to talk it out than let it simmer inside of you.
  22. If your parents help to support you through college, give them big hugs and be thankful for all that they do. Education is one of the most valuable gifts on the planet.


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