This is in addition to a series of posts about what I'd tell my younger self.
1. Take care of your good health. Make it your greatest investment. You'll thank yourself later for the choices you make now.
2. You have control over your thoughts. Use this to change how you view failures. They're not an indication of what you can't do; often, they're just a sign that you need to improve and try again. Let them motivate you.
3. Don't use "I'm busy" as a convenient fallback. You will always be busy.
4. Read when you're bored. Read to improve yourself. Read to learn about the world outside your own. Never stop reading.
5. You'll translate your pain into words. Writing will be your way to understand your past and build your future.
6. Fill your days with things that get you: poetry, cherished friendships, causes to fight for. They'll sculpt you just as much as, if not more than, your time in the classroom.
7. You'll meet strong, inspiring people who will encourage you to keep refining and improving. Don't discount them. Don't forget that both the men and women in your life will help you embrace feminism.
8. Travel to grow. Discover the people who live off of very little but still manage to preserve their dignity and ideals. Use medicine to improve their suffering.
9. You may not live in the same place as some of your old, close friends but whenever you reunite, things will fall back into place, as though time is irrelevant.
10. Sometimes things won't work out the way you wanted them to. Sometimes they'll work out much better than that.