Second Year Vibes: On Turning Twenty 

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Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

     This week, I said goodbye to being nineteen and have officially entered into my 20s. Over the years, I have learned many lessons through good and bad experiences, so I wanted to share them:

  1. Stop being so hard on yourself. There will be many people who will be hard on you and who will tell you that you are not enough. You do not have to be one of those people.
  2. Wanting to talk to your parents even when you are no longer a child does not make you a loser. 
  3. If you are miserable in your job, find a new one. No amount of money is worth feeling underappreciated. 
  4. Do not make judgements based on first impressions alone. Opinions should only be formed once you know someone well, and even then, you do not really know what people have gone through in their lives. 
  5. Saving money is important, especially when it is time to buy Christmas gifts. 
  6. There are some people in life that will make you feel like all the confusing, sad parts of your life finally make sense. Hold tight to those people. 
  7. Stress can make you do things you regret. If friends are stressed and lash out at you, forgive them because it is likely they did not mean to react the way they did. 
  8. You know what you believe, so live in a way that reflects it. Furthermore, do not let others’ opposition change what you know to be true in your heart. 
  9. “Never Get You Right” by Brandon Flowers is a great song, and so is “Country Radio” by Aaron Watson.  
  10. Getting in an outdoor hot tub in January is not as cold as it sounds. It is actually very relaxing. 
  11. Now that I have finished The Office, I can say it is not as overrated as I thought, and I understand why so many people like it. 
  12. Staying in shape is worth the work it takes. If you have a negative body image, it can be detrimental to your mental health. 
  13. You are beautiful, in every circumstance, at any time, no matter what. When you are crying after a breakup, you are beautiful. When you are experiencing butterflies on a first date, you are beautiful. Time does not change that. 
  14. Living until you are 20 (or any age) is a privilege. Do not take your life for granted because not everyone gets to see 20. 
  15. Sit in the sunshine sometimes. 
  16. Do not let people shame you if you are English major and have not read every single thing Shakespeare has ever written. Who comes up with English major stereotypes anyway? 
  17. It is not wrong if you are homesick in college. It happens sometimes. 
  18. Laughing with a best friend can fix a lot of problems, even if only temporarily. 
  19. You can never have too much nail polish or bobby pins because they magically disappear.
  20. Some dreams come true — be thankful when they do.