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10 Reasons Why I’m More Excited To Turn 22 Than I Was 21

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

As a girl who is anticipating her 22nd birthday in a few weeks, I can confidently say that I’m more excited about turning 22 than I was 21. My first 21st birthday was fun and filled with memories I’ll always cherish, but I’m anticipating my 22nd birthday more than I did my 21st. Here are my 10 reasons why:

10. There’s not a lot of pressure. As I was planning my 21st birthday, I felt an immense amount of pressure to go out to the club even if that’s not what I like to do. However, for my 22nd birthday, I don’t feel the societal pressure to do so.

9.  It’s a year filled with new achievements. As I turn 22, I plan on getting my Aggie Ring the following month and graduating the following May. I have a lot more exciting milestones to look forward to!

8. It’s my lucky number. Growing up I played basketball for the majority of my life and my first ever basketball jersey number was 22 and ever since then it’s been my lucky number. Therefore, I’m expecting 22 to be my most exciting year yet!

7. I get to save money. This ties into #10, but I plan on only celebrating with dinner and friends on my birthday. Whereas for my 21st I celebrated in Austin, Texas where I had a high end dinner and air bnb costs.  

6. All my friends are now 21. I’m the oldest out of my friend group, so as I turn 22, my friends are now able to grab drinks with me when we’re out at restaurants. No more drinking margaritas alone! 

5. It’s my Taylor Swift year! As a major Swiftie, I’ve been waiting since I was 11 to turn 22, so that I can live vicariously through Taylor’s song “22.”

4. One step closer to moving back home. Once I graduate, I plan on moving back home to San Antonio. Let’s just say, I’m not the biggest fan of College Station, Texas and can’t wait to move back home. 

3. Seeing my little brother grow up. As the oldest child, I have the pleasure of seeing my siblings grow up and this year, I get to see my little brother graduate high school!

2. The real world becomes even more real. This is both exciting, yet terrifying. I’m not sure how I really feel about this yet.

1. Finding myself again. The age of 22 brings graduation, which means it’s a new chapter in my life. I get to (re)discover myself even more during this next chapter of my life. 

Hi, I’m Taylor Douglas! I’m the Events Director for Her Campus at TAMU! I have the honor of creating/running all the events Her Campus does at TAMU! As for my writing, I enjoy creating articles about my personal experiences in life, which range from college experiences, current books I’ve read or new things I’ve tried! Beyond Her Campus, I’m also the Marketing Coordinator for LMSA PLUS at TAMU, which is a Latino Pre-Med organization, where I have the privilege of designing merchandise and updating our website. I also participate in a women’s organization on campus at A&M where I’m encouraged to break out of my shell! Additionally, I am a tutor for 5th and 6th graders off campus, which I love doing! Lastly, I’m a Senior Sociology major in hopes of going to PA school to pursue a career in Psychiatry! My free time is cut very thin, but whenever I do find the time, I enjoy quiet nights, wrapped in my bed sheets watching a good show or movie. I’m currently obsessed with Ugly Betty on Netflix and The Summer I Turned Pretty on Amazon Prime and I’m probably the biggest Taylor Swift fan you'll encounter and I’m not ashamed to admit it.