7 Advice to my younger self about being a student

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I’m going to tell you the one thing you can’t seem to tell yourself. For months now, you’ve been wondering what to do. Your mind changes daily, even hourly. You go to bed with your mind made up, only to wake up again confused. It’s not an easy decision, is it? One minute, you’re holding tight to this tiny life you’ve managed to carve out.

It would be so easy to just stay put, to duck and cover, here where it’s safe and familiar, where nothing and no one else can hurt you. You can live quietly and simply, just you and your child, under the radar of disappointment and rejection.

You know what you want to do, but you wonder if you deserve it. You wonder if you’re brave enough to say yes. You wonder if your parents will ever forgive you for leaving, and whether you might, one day, end up right back here, right back where you started.

So Now Please Listen to me carefully about What I have to say to you today and about what is coming to be known to you tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know, what you, on some level, already know


1. Life is good. Not always, but mostly. And when it is not so good, be assured it will get better.

advice to my younger self

Accept yourself as God made you. I spent too many years fighting this battle and it took a long time to surrender, and by that time it carried extremely painful ramifications. How I wish I could tell the young me that it is okay to be true to yourself. Because God does not make mistakes.

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2. Your hard work in school will be worth it. But come on, don’t kill yourself.

advice to my younger self

You are on a journey, which means things will change. Even important things will change, sometimes shockingly. But it is a nevertheless a good journey, and it’s worth every step.

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3. If you are alone, you won’t always be, unless you don’t make any effort otherwise. Make the effort.

advice to my younger self

It may not be easy to stand up and speak out for what’s important to you, but you will be amazed how empowering, and important, it can be.

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4. Avoid people with closed minds, who tend to be negative.

advice to my younger self

Don’t ruminate on how others have hurt you. Feel your feelings, but let them slip away. Move on. Forgive. Forgive. And forgive again. You may never forget, but for your own sake, forgive. And try to forget. And don’t forget to forgive yourself.

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5. It will be difficult to find the time and energy at times, but it is a vital creative pursuit.

advice to my younger self

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes very bad things happen to very good people. We will never fully understand this, but we may catch a glimpse of the why someday.

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6. Don’t get addicted with anything too much

advice to my younger self

Technology is cool and can help you do fun and interesting things. But keep it in perspective; don’t let it consume you. Life in the real world is far more meaningful and important. And fun.

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7. Being Yourself

advice to my younger self

Actually, my younger self, I cannot tell you anything, let alone these random things. So try your best to figure this all out on your own as soon as you can. Learn from your mistakes. And live so that someday you won’t have to wish you could tell your younger self anything





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Vinay Nair likes to explore topics related to higher education and looks forward to help prospective students with queries related to their study abroad dreams.


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