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(LOOKING BACK) WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU TELL A 20-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN COLLEGE?

September 30th, 2008 No Comments

(I’m answering ADVICE BOX questions.  If you have one, send it in!)

YOU MUST:

INTERN: Whether or not you end up in the industry you intern in during college, an internship is the best building block to starting a career. You will learn basic business communication, structure, how to be polite and competitive, how to think outside of the box (to impress your boss), humility, and what really drives you to succeed.

EXPERIMENT: Don’t be scared, if you’re curious, try it….ALL OF IT. If not for anything else a good story :) (Note: I am NOT condoning mind altering drug use.)

BE SINGLE: Don’t be tied down, especially to a long distance bf or gf. There are so many adventures in college, and the best way to experience them is by yourself. You’ll go out and do more, and the only opinion that will matter is yours. Plus, you should date A LOT. You will figure out what it really is you want in a partner.

TRAVEL: If your college offers a program abroad, DO IT! Learn about other cultures not in books, but by immersing yourself in a new environment. I came back from Argentina with a completely new perspective on my life and where I wanted to go. You’ll also learn independence. When you’re out of your comfort zone, you can either crawl in a hole and cry OR venture out and entertain yourself.

HAVE SEX: If you’re still a virgin in college, you realize it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Just be safe.

BEFRIEND YOUR PARENTS: Now that you’ve had a breath of fresh air after escaping their controlling claws, go back to them for advice and friendship. They’ve been where you are now and have made all the mistakes you can’t even foresee. Plus, their advice is so much better than your naive roommate’s. Trust me, you can trust them. Your parents are actually the ONLY people on this earth that truly watch out for your best interest. Plus, their college stories are hysterical!