19 Things Anyone Turning 19 In 2019 Should Definitely Know

19 Things Anyone Turning 19 In 2019 Should Definitely Know

As my 19th birthday approaches, I wanted to share a few things I learned in the past years that you might need to hear.


As 2019 begins, my birthday approaches. Similarly, for those turning 19 in 2019, there are many pieces of advice we should all try to follow as we grow a year older. With each year comes more and more wisdom (hopefully) so this year should be no different! Enjoy this list of advice that we can all aspire to achieve during our nineteenth year!

1. It's OK to say no

I'm the type of person that likes to please everyone. However, I've learned sometimes it's necessary to politely decline.

2. You'll never please everyone

Like I just mentioned, I strive to satisfy everyone in my life which I've learned isn't possible. Every person has a different viewpoint, and that's OK.

3. Taking time for yourself is perfectly fine

Want to stay in on a Friday night and binge watch Netflix? Go for it! You deserve it!

4. Taking care of yourself is healthy and necessary 

Take the much needed time to take care of yourself- eat healthy, take a long hot bath, or pray. Whatever works for you!

5. If you have a gut feeling, follow it

Gut feelings shouldn't be ignored, they're usually there to push you to do something you secretly want to anyway.

6. Sometimes indulging is OK

If you want a cookie, have it. Sometimes you need a little comforting.

7. Go to church

I've never once attended church and regretted it. Ever.

8. Stop comparing yourself to others

It's time to stop wishing you looked like the Instagram models and start realizing how great you are.

9. If you feel like something should be said, say it

Within reason, if you have the urge to say something you should respectfully say it. Most of the time you'll be glad you did.

10. Change is inevitable 

At 19, life is one change after another. Sometimes it makes you feel uneasy, but it's just a part of life that's crucial to building who you are.

11. Crying is normal

Trust me, everyone cries at this age (especially in college). Some people are just better at hiding it.

12. Breaking a routine is OK

For me, breaking a routine made me feel as if my life was messy. In reality, it just means you have to accept the curveballs that are thrown at you.

13. Recognize the people that help you

Give credit when it's due. Let those important people in your life know how much you appreciate their help.

14. Go outside your comfort zone

Most new opportunities in your life don't come within a little stretch beyond your comfort zone.

15. Take other opinions into consideration

Keep an open mind! I find that listening to other viewpoints helps me justify my own opinion.

16. Keep in touch with your family

I know that these years are busy and you're off doing your own thing now, but remember to call your parents. It'll probably make their day.

17. Use your resources

Sometimes this can be uncomfortable, but there are so many resources that can be used to help out. Utilize them, it will make life so much easier.

18. Your opinion is valid

Don't let anyone or anything crush your feelings. Your mind is important and your voice deserves to be heard. Never quiet yourself at the expense of someone else.


This is a big one (hence the capital letters). You're the only one building the future for yourself, so why waste it doing anything that makes you unhappy? Be your own advocate for your happiness.

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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Everyone Should Experience Working In Fast Food Or Retail

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it.


I know these jobs aren't glamorous. In fact, most days I looked forward to clocking out before I had even clocked in. I always secretly rolled my eyes when an angry customer droned on and on about how entitled he or she was. Though I can name a lot of bad things that happened on the job, it wasn't all horrible. As I reflect on my time working in fast food, I realize how much having that job really taught me and how grateful I am to have had that experience. I really think everyone should work in fast food or retail at some point, and here's why:

You make some great friends from work. I get it, sometimes your co-workers are royal jerks or flat out creeps. You see your name on the schedule next to theirs and immediately try switching with someone else. I've been there. However, I have worked with some amazing people as well.

Every time I worked with one girl in particular, we laughed for entire shifts. One night, we were singing the national anthem at the top of our lungs without realizing a customer had come in (to our surprise, she applauded our terrible screaming). Another coworker and I turned up the radio on full blast when business was slow and had dance battles. We made the most of our shifts, and I still talk to some of these people today.

You learn how to deal with difficult people. It's the age-old story: the uppity customer thinks twelve dollars for a meal combo is outrageous and Where is your manager?!

My friend and I were once called stupid and a customer said he would never come back to our restaurant to eat ever again. At the moment, we were scared out of our minds because we were both pretty new to the job. As time passed, we became more patient and tolerant and knew what triggered these particular customers. Dealing with these adversities definitely helps in the long run, particularly when it comes to doing group work with people who seem unbearable.

Your people skills increase by a landslide. I had always thought that I was great with people before I had a job. However, when I found myself in situations where I had to talk to strangers, I would grow nervous and stumble across my words from time to time. Working in an environment where communicating with others is a driving force helped me not only with improving my public speaking, but also made me more outgoing. In situations where I once backed into the corner to avoid having to talk to someone, I now take charge and initiate a conversation.

You establish a connection with regular customers. My favorite customer was named Jack. He was the sweetest old man who came in every Wednesday and Friday and bought food for himself and his wife. I quickly memorized his order, which impressed him. We shared pleasantries every time he came in, and my coworkers and I looked forward to seeing him.

Establishing a relationship with people who come in a lot helps immensely when it comes to working. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when you memorize an order. Not to mention, the customers start to like you and typically leave a generous tip!

You have stories to tell for a lifetime! Sometimes bad things happen at work. Once I was holding a hot pan and burned my arm— I still have the burn mark on my arm to prove it. My point is, it sucked at the moment, but now I look back and laugh.

One time I asked my coworker how to make soup and she replied, "Slowly, but beautifully." It was so nonchalant that I cracked up for hours. There was also a time when a customer asked me for outlandish toppings and condiments that we didn't offer. The craziest story, though, was the drug deal that went down in our public restrooms. My coworker and I obviously could not leave our station and follow these people into the bathroom, so we were pretty much defenseless. Nobody got hurt or anything, so it made for a great story.

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it. It made me more independent and outgoing and gave me memories I'll never forget.

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