Half of life is showing up: 21 Things I learned by 21

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1. Luck exists: sometimes you’re at the right place at the right time and everything works out perfectly. (this doesn’t always happen)

2. College is as informative and useful as you make it, and a GPA is not necessarily a reflection of that.

3. It’s critically important to accept failure and to stay humble.

4. Networking is a *highly* valuable skill, not a bad word. Approach networking as an opportunity to leverage your curiosity to meet cool people you wouldn’t meet otherwise.

5. Using time effectively matters so much. It is the one resource that is constantly depleting.

6. Just be nice. Being respectful and kind to everyone makes you a better person and the world a nicer place.

7. Getting involved in extracurriculars that are not work or school related will likely make you happier and more fulfilled.

8. Forming healthy habits early on matters The sooner you establish them the faster you can reap the benefits of being well.

9. Social media is here to stay, using it to your advantage (to stay informed and add to meaningful conversations) can add positive value to your days if used properly.

10. Thinking about how much work you have is worse than actually doing the work. Sitting down, putting headphones on, and getting it done feels a million times better than ignoring it.

11.  It’s true that you are (and become) what you think–fill your mind with great thoughts.

12. Understanding art history (the evolution of humans’ representations of themselves and the world as they see it), astronomy (the astounding laws and forces the shape the universe), and computers (what’s the ROM again?) is a great way to appreciate your surroundings and the intricacies of the tools you interact with every day.

13. It’s never a bad time to step back and put stuff in perspective.

14. Traveling (even as a student) is not as expensive or difficult to plan as people make it out to be. If you really want to travel you can do it.

15. Make no excuses for your behavior. Always make the right choice.

16. Being around great people makes all the difference. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.

17. Be grateful for the love you receive.

18. It’s better to focus on the things you have control over rather than dwelling on matters that are out of your hands.

19. Being practical and down to earth goes a long way.

20. Upon meeting someone who challenges your core values, hold on to your beliefs.

21. “Life is a marathon, not a sprint”. Don’t wait until you reach the finish line to realize that you were competing against yourself the whole time.

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