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A Dallas Senior Portrait Artist's Advice To Her 17-Year-Old Self

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Plano senior portraits

This is the fourth in a series about advice I would give to my 17-year-old self.

Read the first post here.

Read the second post here.

Read the third post here.

As a senior portrait artist in Dallas, I think a lot about high school students and remember my own high school years. (It has been quite a while, in case you're wondering.) I graduated when I was 17, which is why I am writing to that 17-year-old and not that 18-year-old.  Lots of stuff happened in that one year.

Here are my next five pieces of advice to my younger self:

  1. Learn good spending habits now and stay out of debt. If you must take out student loans, borrow the minimum amount you need and do not spend the extra, if there is any, on nice-to-haves.
  4. If social media had been around when I was 17, I would have definitely recommended being very careful with what I post. You may remove a thoughtless post, but it may still be out there somewhere. And people may have formed opinions about you based on what you posted.  So be careful.
  7. Start saving as soon as you can.  Sorry to break it to you, but something always goes wrong.  Something will break on your car.  Or you'll leave your cell phone somewhere and some meany will take it.  Or your AC bill for your apartment will be higher than you expect.  So start saving as soon as you start working.  Put a little bit back every time you get paid and don't touch it.
  10. When you start your career, take advantage of your company's retirement savings plan if they have one.  If they don't, save on your own.  It's much easier to start saving for retirement when you're younger.
  13. Always be kind. There is no downside to this.  Be a light in the world.

Do you agree?  What do you wish you had known then that you know now?  Please post via Facebook on the comment section below.  Thank you!

Click here to read the last post in the series.

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