advice to my 18 year old self

if all else fails, wake up tomorrow and try again

Hindsight is always 20/20.

With graduation coming up within the next six months, I’ve done a lot of reflecting about where I was and who I was when I started university and how far I’ve come since then.

I’m very proud of my personal and professional growth over the past three years and I am truly so grateful for every single one of the experiences that I have had. Each experience has beautifully intertwined with others to create the mosaic that I am today.

As a young, naive girl from a small town, I had no idea what being a professional communications student and transitioning into a professional communicator had in store for me.

If I could go back in time and give my 18 year old, freshman year self some advice, here’s what it would be:

  1. Work hard. Don’t make excuses. Put your mind to something and then work hard until you achieve it.
  2. Network. Make connections with likeminded, hard working people. Work with them and learn from them.
  3. Learn to love criticisms. Don’t just learn to accept them. They are constructive & help you to improve.
  4. Create strong relationships. Spend time building connections with people you work with & learn from.
  5. Don’t compromise your personal values for a job. Staying true to values you align with is more important.
  6. Your imperfections make you authentic. People align with real people and real people are imperfect.
  7. Know your worth. Know that you are smart, you will succeed, you are talented, and you are valuable.
  8. If all else fails, wake up tomorrow and try again.

Hindsight is always 20/20

In hindsight, this advice is likely more applicable than ever right now.

If you know someone who could benefit from any of this advice, send this blog to them.

Thanks for reading!

– an entirely unqualified life guru

Emma ❤