5 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 20

5 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 20

As I turn a year older, I realize just how quickly life can go by.

As I turn a year older, I realize just how quickly life can go by. I discovered how some things that seemed like the end of the world at the time actually turn out to be okay. I hope that each year I accomplish something meaningful whether it is learning a new hobby or going to a new place. Here are just some of things I want to accomplish before I turn 20. I want to be able to live life to the fullest.

1. Learn how to cook

Eating healthy in college is super important. Gaining the freshman fifteen is a reality and it happens much easier and quicker than you can imagine. However, finding healthy options may not be the easiest. Often times, the dining halls at many universities simply serve fast food like hamburgers and french fries. Growing up, my parents always tried teaching me how to cook. However, I did not realize the importance until I came to college. This summer, I am determined to learn how to cook healthier meals so I do not have to rely on late night snacks or carb-loaded dining hall meals.

2. Learn how to be a food enthusiasts and try different cuisines

Before coming to college, I did not realize just how sheltered my life was. I did not grow up in the most diverse hometown. As a result, I was not as exposed to different cultures and various cuisines. Most of the time when I go out to eat with my friends in college, they have to order for me because I haven’t been exposed that type of food before and do not know what to order. I am super thankful that my friends have such good taste in food that I have fallen in love with every dish they have recommended. I hope that by becoming a food enthusiast, I can learn more about the diversity of cuisines

3. Travel to more places

When I came to college, I overcame my fear of flying. I became quite used to the four-hour-long flight from Phoenix to Atlanta that airsickness no longer was a problem. Due to this, I became more excited about traveling to exotic and exciting places. Just in 2017 alone, I was able to travel to Italy, Maui, LA, and New Orleans. I hope that in 2018 I can explore more places. Some places on my bucket list include Florida, Mexico, Spain, Greece, and France.

4. Improve my Chinese

Since I was born and raised in America, my Chinese is not as good as my English. While my parents have attempted to teach me Chinese several times during my childhood, only bits and pieces have stuck. I am able to understand enough Chinese that I can make my way around in China without being lost and give basic instructions. I can sometimes even understand the conversations between international Chinese students. I hope that I can either take a Chinese class at Emory or learn more on my own. I discovered that Chinese is so vital in so many job industries from healthcare to business.

5. Go on more road trips with friends

I am so lucky that Arizona has so many beautiful road trip destinations such as Sedona and Payson. There is nothing more fun than jamming out to top hit songs with my friends as we explore some of the underappreciated parts of this desert state. I hope that this year I can finally see the amazing Havasu Falls, located next to the Grand Canyon.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



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15. Slap Bracelets


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