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  • Learn to budget, Make a savings account! 
    • I have to admit, this is one of the hardest ones i've had to learn. I was soon living paycheck-to-paycheck. I've since managed a savings account, even though it's not much, I put 10% of what I earn in my savings; and I also use my tips for gas money! 
  • Credit scores
    • No one ever told us this was important! This is something we should have learned in school. Many people are struggling with bad credit scores. Buying homes, cars, etc. and having a low credit score is NO good. I know how tempting it is to get those credit cards at Victoria's Secret or Forever 21, but there is no point in having just a few credit cards - I only have a debit and a credit. It also makes life easier and less stressful. 
  • Taxes
    • Don't get my started. I've never worked when I was in high school, so now that I am working, I have to file taxes of course. DO NOT delay this - there's a deadline. Make sure you get your W2 form and everything else ready by then. I use TurboTax. It was a bit complicated at first only because it was my first time doing it (and it had a lot of questions, I didn't know the answer to). 
  • Work for your goals
    • Nothing is just going to fall on your lap. If you want something, make it happen. Aim for it. Focus yourself in it. If you stand by idly, your dreams are just going to pass away.  
  • Say yes to adventures
    • Don't be afraid of a little adventure! Little risky things add spice to your life. Just be careful not to jump off a cliff or something. I find that spontaneous trips are the best trips. Don't just sit around in the house binge-watching netflix, go out there. Go to the park, take a walk, meet some people! 
  • Networking
    • Networking is very important. It's one of the lessons I learned from my grandfather. He said "Never burn bridges." Having networks and connections can help you later on in life. It's also a good way to make friends that have the same interests as you! 
  • Choose carefully what degree you want
    • Don't rush it! I changed from nursing, to computer science, to business, and back to nursing. Sure, I wasted my time, but I figured out what my actual passion is. If you're unsure what degree you want, finish your general education first - at least you can get that out of the way. 
  • Ask for help
    • It is not embarrassing to ask for help. Just because we are in our 20's and are "adults," does not mean that we can not seek for help and advice. 
  • Your current job isn't your forever job
    • I currently work at Starbucks and I love my job! After a few weeks, making the drinks became like second nature. Some people settle and get stuck in a job that they are miserable in. Find a job you like, even if it is only part time. And if you don't like your current job and can't find any - don't worry! It'll all come to place. 
  • Friends come and go
    • One of the biggest thing I've learned in the past few years was that friends come and go. I guess you can't really call them 'friends' then. You learn who your true friends are and who are just there to either use you or are just lonely and want any type of company. A friend that is constantly bailing on you then tries to make plans, is very annoying - and not worth your time. It's ok to have just a few friends, just make sure you have a safe support group!
  • It's ok to make mistakes
    • We are all learning as we go. It doesn't matter if we are 10 years old, 20, 30, 40, our lives are spent growing. And as we grow, we make mistakes. Don't hinder yourself and down yourself for a mistake. Know that you can get back up and fix it, if not, learn from it. 
  • Don't let haters get to you
    • Not everyone will like you - and that's alright! Everyone has different opinions, likes, and dislikes. Everyone has a different taste. Don't take it personally. And if they are hating on you, remember: They are wasting their precious time by TRYING to get under your skin. It is the haters who are losing. 
  • Make time for family
    • I wasn't close to my parents as I was growing up. I don't have that much memories of them. But now that they are growing old, I realize that I have to spend more time with them. I have to show them that I love them. Remember that your family will always love you. Even though you have school and or work, try to spend time - even just a dinner with your family. Let them know how much you appreciate them. 
  • Get your priorities straight
    • Partying is not a priority (unless you're a promoter, then I guess it is). But have a goal in mind, and set your priorities and maximize your time to achieve that. It's hard to juggle work, school, and a social life - but you have to prioritize one over the other sometimes. A late night rager or an A in school? You get it.
  • Take care of your body!
    • Most just let our bodies go and forget self-care. No matter how age you are, it is important to exercise or even pamper yourself! Give yourself a nice spa date after the gym. As a college student, I've been binging off of dominos and microwavables, that's something I'm actively trying to change. 
  • You don't need to be in a constant relationship - there's no rush
    • All over facebook and instagram, I see my friends getting married/engaged/having kids. At first I felt really behind, then I realized that I don't have to rush things. People move at their own pace. You don't have to ALWAYS be in a relationship. + single life can be fun! 
  • Leave the drama behind - that's for high school
    • People that cause you negativity is not worth your time. This isn't high school anymore. No more drama. No more gossiping. 
  • Travel, sight-see (even if it's close by)
    • Though many might not consider it "traveling," just going to a nearby city to explore is enough. It would get you out in the open and maybe meet some new people along the way! I myself love to take film photographs while I travel. It's the memories that you'll cherish and remember as we grow older. 
  • Don't change the way you are to fit in
    • Everyone says this: "Just be yourself!" It's true. There is no valid reason why you should change who you are for someone else. If they do not like you as you are, then leave them be, they aren't worth it. “Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind”
  • Have a goal
    • Don't be stuck in a rut - yes I know it happens sometimes. For years, I had no idea what I wanted to do, where I wanted to settle, and what I wanted to be. It makes it easier if you take it one step at a time. Don't worry about 5 years from now! That's just too much pressure and anxiety. Focus on your current goal and have a short-term plan. After you finish that plan, make another one! Little steps.