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10 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self (From my 22 Year Old Self)

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Jefferson chapter.
  1. You are the only one who cares how you look doing things you enjoy. No one else is looking at you taking pictures of yourself and judging you, and if they are, THEY’RE the weird ones. 
  2. It doesn’t matter if you just passed that class with a C- or you got an A+; either way, you passed the class and can move on. Strive for the best grade you can get (of course), but remember that sometimes passing is enough, and your sanity isn’t worth a “perfect” grade. 
  3. The most unexpected things are going to happen to you. Things that you would NEVER have expected. Trust that the timing is right; you’ll see how amazing things can turn out when least expected.
  4. Stop using harsh products on your skin, and start wearing sunscreen everyday.
  5. Drink more water.
  6. Stop comparing where you are now to where you “could have been” if you had made different choices. You can’t undo decisions, but you can remember that you made the best choice you could with the information you had.
  7. Measure someone’s success in life by how kindly they treat others, not how much money they make, where they work, or where they attended school. The nicest people you’re going to meet are some of the most unassuming, and you’ll see that pretentiousness and arrogance follows a lot of people who have monetary wealth. They are not your people. 
  8. It’s okay to change your mind and your plan. You don’t have to have it all figured out right now, and opportunities will present themselves for things you never thought you’d like, but end up loving.
  9. Continue to stand up for yourself and for other people. Being a one-man army for a friend or colleague will go a long way, and people will appreciate your efforts to include them. 
  10. Spend money on experiences, not material things. It’s far better to own a million great memories than a few super expensive items; you’ll be happier you spent that money on a night out with your best friend than you would be buying a designer bag. 
Melanie Dubenko

Jefferson '25

Hi, I'm Melanie, and I am a 3rd year medical laboratory science student at Thomas Jefferson University. I'm the mother to an energetic 3 year old boy, and have 3 girl chihuahuas at home. I'm passionate about mental health, fundraising for children and adults with special needs, and ethical fashion. In my spare time, I love to read and write, and often have "self care nights" that include face masks, a warm drink, and binge-watching my favorite shows (Gilmore Girls, Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds).