20 Things I Learned Before I Turned 20

I'm officially 20-- and, yes, I feel old! Last week was a blast! I woke up to confetti sprinkled around my bedroom floor and sticky notes all over my bathroom door. I also woke up to instagrams, tweets, and snaps from you guys! Thank you all so much for remembering me on my birthday! It means the world to me. XOXO

1. Comparing yourself to others is a waste of time.

Everyone is unique. Don't waste your energy analyzing and contrasting yourself to others. It's overrated.

2. Always do your best.

Always give your all-- no matter what the event is.

3. People are people.

We are all humans regardless of our backgrounds. Those fleeing their home countries and coming to the United States are seeking a better life. Click here to read more about the caravan.

4. Everything happens for a reason.

I am a huge believer in this. Every person that I've met has had an influence on me in some way, shape, or form. Whether they motivated me to do something out of comfort zone or think differently about a topic.

5. Priorities are a must.

In order to be successful, you need to keep your priorities in check.

6. Don't force a relationship.

Things that aren't meant to be, aren't meant to be.

7. Mom and Dad are always right.

Even when you swear they're ruining your life.

8. Do the things you want to do.

A few years ago, I was pressured to think a certain way.

9. Stand up for yourself and what you believe in.

In high school, I would have had a heart attack if I had to stand up for myself and/or what I believe in. College has taught me that it's okay to stand up for what I believe in. I now write state and federal letters regarding immigration reform.

10. Drama doesn't matter.

High school never ends. As my mom would say, "Be like Elsa and let it go."

11. You have to work to get what you want.

Sometimes you need to indulge in some mozzarella sticks and study for 3 hours in the library to get an A on a social psychology exam.

12. Material possessions aren't everything.

Material possessions are nice. However, when it comes to the point where they're consuming your life you need to reevaluate your priorities and values.

13. Honesty is the best policy.

Sometimes the truth hurts. But, it's better than being caught in a lie down the road.

14. Give back.

I have classes Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, I like to give back to the community and teach ESL to at-risk child migrants. And, I love it! It is one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever had.

15. Falling in love isn't a choice.

You meet people when you least expect it. And, it takes you by surprise.

16. Picking out a first date outfit is harder than calculous homework.

I've been on several first dates and each one, without fail, has resulted in my closet spitting up all over my bedroom floor.

17. Trust your gut.

After I toured Cabrini University, I knew it was the school for me. I knew I would be successful in any major I chose.

18. Vote.

Voting is so important. Make a difference.

19. Knowledge is power.

My dad has been saying this to me since first grade. It wasn't until this past September when I realized what it truly means. I am currently pursing degrees in psychology and Spanish. I am using these degrees to learn more about the immigrant population and how I can help them and make a difference. That's powerful.

20. Be proud of yourself.

I think it's totally cool if you want to play a Taylor Swift song and jam out because of something you've accomplished. Go for it!


  1. Aw! Happy late birthday!! I just turned 20 last month so join the club. I really needed to read this post. College is very hard but sometimes you just need reminders to be positive and know that everything will be ok.

    Samara // The Marshall Wardrobe

    1. Thank you so much!! Love reading comments like these! XO