17 Things I Learned at 17

Tomorrow I turn 18, so to celebrate and/or speed up my last hours of being 17 years old, here are 17 things I learned this year:

1. Fax machines ROCK when you live 3,000 miles away from your parents and can’t sign medical release forms because you’re a minor.

2. Make your friends your family.

3. In comparison to Ithaca winters, everything is warm.

4. It’s okay to call your mom 5 times in one day, or not for 5 days in a row. 

5. Slut shaming hurts.

6. Let your best friends force you into taking risks every now and then.

7. Pride is seeing your name in print.

8. You should go home for Thanksgiving your first year of college.

9. Download the Find My iPhone app NOW.

10. Give everyone the chance to be your friend, but don’t let them abuse that chance.

11. Chopping your hair is super liberating.

12. Don’t take incredible scenery for granted. 

13. Public transportation is the best.

14. Public transportation is the worst.

15. Talk to anyone who initiates conversation; you could end up being close.

16. Never pass up cornbread in the dining hall. Never.

17. Everything will be alright.

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22 thoughts on “17 Things I Learned at 17

  1. #17 is difficult to remember sometimes so keep this list handy. Andy Happy Birthday Sabina! (you can ditch that FAX machine now)

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  2. STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW YOU ARE BOTH FOUR MONTHS YET TWO GRADES OLDER THAN ME AT THE SAME TIME (math???)

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      • OH that explains things! I am one of the oldest, but you skipping a grade AND making the cutoff makes you super young for your grade – that’s crazy.
        (PS – I DECIDED TO START BLOGGING? Still working out the whole process though.)

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        • Ugh I know I’m so so young. I graduated at 16, and I won’t turn 21 until after I graduate college sooo.
          GURL IMMA CHECK OUT YOUR BLOG. It’s a learning process so no worries if it takes you a bit.

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          • That’s crazy! Do you get your license at 15 or 16 in Oregon? Because I couldn’t imagine not having my car, especially my senior year!
            YAY it’s still in the works but hopefully I can stay committed :) (I may be asking you lots of questions…)

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  4. Well those have been some helpful tips… I’ll keep them in mind.
    Love your blog.
    Greetings from Panama, central America.

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