It was great to see everyone, catch up on each other's lives and see how 10 years affected us, the class of September 11th, the class that endured 3 principle changes, and the most graduated students with the highest overall GPA! We turned out pretty well and most of us stayed in touch somehow because we were also the Freshman class of Facebook when only undergrad students could join (remember that???).
I started to think about the 17 year old that went out to Philadelphia and as much I wanted to feel differently I really wish I didn't. I should've stayed right here because honestly, and you couldn't have told me this then, but I wasn't ready. The mindset I was in...hindsight is 20/20. I wish I could have met 27 year old Candace as a mentor somehow then and avoided so much. So in honor of this 10 year growth I've been doing, here's 10 words of advice to 17 year old I-Think-I'm-Grown Candace from the I-Know-Better 27 year old:
*If you don't really want the friendship, DON'T fake it. It's not fair to either person and you both lose in the end.
*Get out of the dorms and STUDY! If you apply to Med School with 2 Cs on your transcript they will throw your application in the trash! FOCUS.
*You don't have to work so much, try talking to your parents they will work something out for you.
*Yes he's cute, fine as hell even, but he's not for you!
*YOU DON'T HAVE THE ANSWERS!
*Pay attention, if something's THIS wrong in the beginning NOTHING good will come of this (well maybe one thing).
*He might be a boyfriend but he is NOT a husband!!! smh (I would have yelled this in my face)
*They didn't have the answers but you have less, they love you, don't make them the enemies.
*Party some more!! You'll never get these days back.
* You don't have to be perfect you really do get better with age.