Letters To My Younger Self Get Inspired: The College Years Ingrid Haas

I went to theatre school for college. Clown college, as many of my aunts and uncles call it. And it was! In the best way possible. A bunch of insecure, over-confident wannabe actors were stuffed into a room at the ripe age of 17-18, most of us away from home for the first time and suddenly we’re standing in front of each other, each of us trying to be the star of the show.

We acted like complete buffoons. We drank ourselves silly, didn’t get enough sleep, worried too much about the stuff that will never matter and didn’t think twice about the stuff that actually did.

I can honestly say that the four years that I spent in college were some of the finest times in my life. I became besties with two of the most handsome, witty, smart men that I know. I was lucky enough to study all of my favorite school subjects without the math or the science.  I got up on my feet and learned every single day.  Did I appreciate it while it was happening? Kinda. Did I cry because I thought I wasn’t going to finish essays in time? Probably. Did I worry too much about what people thought of me? Oh yeah, obviously, every day, all the time, non-stop panic.

So! When I received this wonderful list from one of our readers, Joanna M. Firth,  I was completely inspired to share it with the Hello Giggles community.  Read it, enjoy it, learn from it. I know the younger-Ingrid sure could have used some of this advice.

What would your list to your younger self look like? What would you say to the high school you? The new-mother you? The sister? The daughter? The friend? What advice would you give yourself if you had the chance?

Here’s what Joanna’s list looks like…

What I’ve Learned in College: 25 Things I’d Tell My Younger Self

1. That exam doesn’t matter nearly as much as you think it does.

2. You don’t need to have everything figured out right now.

3. You can forget how to ride a bicycle well. Practice.

4. There’s too much excitement waiting out there for you to waste lots of time sleeping.

5. When you encounter new strangers, change the fact that they’re strangers.

6. Learn as much as you can about anything you want to learn about. Just learn.

7. Wake up early just to make the sunrise come to you.

8. Fall for someone at least once, for the experience, but don’t linger if it doesn’t work. One day, it will.

9. Embrace your quirks.

10. Dream as big as you can, as often as you can.

11. Take time to disappear every once in awhile.

12. Teaching yourself is always more rewarding than learning from someone else.

13. Strive to find the good in everyone and everything. Be an optimist, through and through.

14. Ignore what society deems “cool”. Do what you want.

15. Keep a box of mementos: ticket stubs, photos, and things that inspire you.

16. Make each day count.

17. Buy dinner for that homeless person on the corner as often as possible, but always take the time to eat with them.

18. Do what makes you happy. If you’re not happy, do something else.

19. The best conversations happen after midnight, usually over a hot beverage.

20. Roll with the punches.

21. Say yes. There’s rarely harm in giving something, or someone, a chance.

22. Be as nerdy as you want-everybody geeks out over something.

23. Take a chance- go ask to eat with that lonely elderly person at Luby’s. You might make someone’s day.

24. Always keep people guessing.

25. If you want it, make it happen. Tenacity rules.

List by: Joanna M. Firth

Image via: Letter

Thank you readers for buying tickets to our Hello Giggles show at Upright Citizens Brigade on November 26th – because of you, we are sold out. We can’t wait to tell you who our secret guest is. You are going to love her! I can’t wait to meet you and share some more stories with all of you. 

xo

Ingrid

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  1. Perfect post! My college years were also some of the best years of my life. This list pretty much sums up my thoughts, but I’d also add, “LOVE. Forget everything else.” I’m a total dreamer and have come to realize that love is the driving force behind my entire life. From there, it is how my magic happens. :D

  2. Theatre people are a randy bunch, fo sho.

    Ingrid Haas | 11/10/2011 06:11 pm
  3. Great post! I love that you went to a theatre school. I was in plays my last semester of college and there was definitely more drama going on behind the scenes than on stage! Through friends, I’ve also figured out that musical theatre people are the horniest people out there. True story.

  4. I’ve been keeping a box of memories for years. Sometimes I’ll put it out and look at all the random cinema tickets, notes from friends, pen pal letters and it’s nice to look back.

    I look forward to one day in the future when I’m old looking there and remembering all the things in the box :)

  5. Wonderful post!

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