19 Things I've Learned By Age 19

19 Things I've Learned By Age 19

Among many other things, of course.

Life is a true learning experience; that's what makes it so awesome. In my opinion, college is a time designated for figuring some things out, which calls for lots of lessons that end up being really useful some day. Although I still have a lot to learn, here are a few things that I have picked up along the way.

1. Nothing lasts forever.

2. What's meant to be, will be. Don't force it.

3. You deserve a lot more credit than you give yourself.

4. It's OK to let go of things you do not want.

5. Drink lots of water.

6. Do not - I repeat, do not - take your high school friends for granted. You will miss them terribly.

7. Make time to call your mom, dad, grandparents. FaceTime your dog.

8. Listen to your favorite songs on repeat.

9. Sleep in on Sundays.

10. Reading is good for the mind & soul.

11. If he does not chase after you, chances are he is not worth your time.

12. Coffee cures everything; find a type that you like, because that'll be the only thing that gets you through studying some nights.

13. Take your studies seriously.

14. Cut out people who bring any sort of negativity into your life; you don't need that, nor do you deserve it.

15. You will make mistakes. You will be mad at yourself for said mistakes. It happens.

16. Mix. in. a. water. You will thank yourself later.

17. Never forget where you came from, because that is such an important part of who you are today.

18. There is good in every day, even if you do not immediately realize it.

19. Do not take this life for granted, because some people do not have the chance to experience the greatness that you live through every day.

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34 Things I Should Have Brought To College At The Start Of Freshman Year, But Didn't

To the incoming freshman from the rising senior.

Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

5. Makeup wipes

For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.

6. Extra sheets and towels

Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.

7. Tide pods

These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.

11. Chip clips

You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.

12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes

You can never have enough.

13. Rain boots

So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.

14. Alarm clock

If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.

15. Back study pillow

Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.

16. Command strips

These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.

17. Rug

Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.

18. Air mattress or sleeping bag

For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.

19. Disposable dishes

At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.

20. Red solo cups

Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.

22. Crazy daydrink clothes

If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.

23. Towel wrap

If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.

25. Comfortable heels

Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.

26. Business casual and business professional clothes

And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.

27. Water bottle

In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.

30. Mini fridge

When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.

33. Drying rack

Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?

34. Rubbing alcohol

Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.

These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!

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'How Are You Actually Doing?'

Take it past "how are you?"'... it is then that you might get to really know someone.


You know the drill, walk past someone on the street, smile and ask, "how are you?" and go about your day.

To me, growing up in the South, this is what a normal interaction looked like, but one day, I began to realize that if we really go beyond our mediocre how are yours, then we could really, truly, get to know not only strangers that we pass on the street but our closest friends as well.

My friend and I talk about this often, pertaining to really getting to know somebody. To know someone is to know their soul and to be able to be in on that is one of the greatest gifts you could give to someone.

To me, I strive to live intentionally, and that consists of really getting to know the good, bad, and ugly parts of everyone that I interact with or come across.

Everyone is so quick to answer with, "good, you?" when asked how they are, but if we all strive to take it one step forward and really dig down deep into our friends and invest in them, we get to know whats really been going on.

Whether that be simply texting a friend or grabbing a quick coffee with them, it is in those moments that we connect on a different level with our people and help them to realize that we don't want surface level, mediocre interactions with each other, but raw, intentional moments when we take a moment to glance into their soul.

I could recall endless instances where I was crying out for help inside, hoping that someone would take the time to really invest in me and get to know my struggle, instead of simply asking, "how are you?". It is in those moments where our friends begin to realize that our struggles are meant to be taken on as a team.

Next time you ask someone how they are, I challenge you intentionally peak into their soul and take on their struggles as if they are yours as well. It is at that moment when we create raw, intentional relationships with those who we come in contact with.

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