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Life Lessons by Mary-Kate and Ashley

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bucknell chapter.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: The iconic twins of our youth.  Every girl wanted to either be them or have a twin of their very own to solve mysteries and travel the world with.  Although they’re not as present in our daily life today, there are still key life lessons that we learned from them as we were growing up:

  1. Solving mysteries is easy

    Life is full of mysteries, and who says we can’t be the ones to solve them?  As long as we have a trench coat and a magnifying glass, we have the answers. 

  2. Matching is always the answer 

    Whether it’s with overalls, dresses, or trench coats, Mary-Kate and Ashley taught us that matching with someone else is always better. 

  3. Going abroad is the way to find love

    Mary-Kate and Ashley managed to find beaus in just about every destination they traveled to – Australia, Paris, the Bahamas, Rome, you name it and there was love.  Now whenever I venture out of the country, I look to find that special someone on the beach or at a dance club.  

  4. Everyone needs a geometric patterned dress 

    The shapes and colors compliment every body type, and you’re guaranteed to be the only one sporting a dress like this at whatever party you attend. Thanks Mary-Kate and Ashley for introducing such a sophisticated style to us at an early age.

  5. If you’re not road tripping for your sweet 16, then you’re not living. 

    I don’t know about you, but when I didn’t take a road trip across the country for my sixteenth birthday in a brand new car, I felt like I was missing out on an amazing experience and right of passage.  Thanks MK & A for setting the bar so high.  

  6. There are unlimited unique ways to style your hair 

    Ponytail, braids, or bun?  Boring.  Mary-Kate and Ashley have pulled, twisted, curled, crimped, and clipped their hair in just about every way imaginable.  I’m still trying to figure out how to make these styles work for me.  But if the twins could do it, we all can.  

So thanks Mary-Kate and Ashley for teaching us about love, style, mystery-solving, and traveling the world.  Without your guidance, where would we be today?  I can safely say I’d have dabbled in less quirky hairstyles, purchased far fewer overalls, and solved many less mysteries.


-Native of Los Angeles, CA -Current Junior at Bucknell University studying Theatre, Creative Writing, and Music -Addicted to Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, orbit chewing gum, and dark chocolate email: mwd009@bucknell.edu