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

I’ve seen this trend going around and my birthday is on April 9th, so I thought I should give this a try. Here are 21 things that I accomplished before I turned 21. 

1. Attended my first NYFW show at 17 

2. Got my first job 

3. Dyed my hair a fun color (pink) 

4. Got 3 tattoos 

5. Got my driver’s license 

6. Went on a plane for the first time 

7. Got into my dream school 

8. Lived in NYC for a year and a half 

9. Made a lot of new friends 

10. Earned a degree 

11. Reached a savings goals 

12. Went vegan for 3 years (not anymore) 

13. Voted for the first time 

14. Learned another language (Italian) 

15. Learned how to cook (somewhat?) 

16. Fell in love 

17. Stopped caring what other people think 

18. Created a solid skincare routine for myself 

19. Stopped trying to live up to impossible beauty standards 

20. Got a new car 

21. Experienced a pandemic


Leanne Barbarito is a student at The Fashion Institute of Technology. She received her Associates Degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications and will continue working towards her Bachelors Degree in International Trade and Marketing in The Fashion Industries with a minor in Ethics and Sustainability.
Carli is a 2022 grad of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and served as the style section editor for Her Campus. After being a national style writer for Her Campus, she launched Her Campus FIT. A born and raised Jersey Girl, she is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. In her spare time she loves running, jamming to Taylor Swift, and tracking down the best burgers. Find her on Instagram @carliannescloset.