Alright, I’m about to do something pretty crazy, so hold onto your butts. I’m about to…TRAVEL THROUGH TIME!
Okay, that might have been a bit of an overstatement. Switch off the flux capacitor and park the TARDIS, because this time travel is going to be more like fan fiction. No, not that weird fan fiction you find in the dark corners of Tumblr. Those people have some true artistic talent, but I’ll have none of it! In this post I’m going to be writing to my college self at twenty-two, from the perspective of my high school self at eighteen. I’m going to break the space-time continuum and give my past self some advice! I know I would have had some questions about college, and I probably would have asked if they pulled off that Avengers movie in the end.
Yes, young one. Yes they did.
-22 Year Old Anthony
-18 Year Old Anthony
18yo Anthony: So, uh, yeah. First thing’s first. Did it work out with that girl?
22yo Anthony: I know it sounds crazy, but no. Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. That’s in 2012. I’m a badass post-apocalyptic warrior with a katana!
22yo: Pfft, no. Trust me, though, things will look up! Just sit down and figure out what you want out of a relationship. Write it out as a blog post if you have to. Trust me, that skill will come in handy later. After that, just keep doing your thing. Don’t worry too much about when you’ll find someone, because the best relationships come out of nowhere and will completely surprise you.
18yo: Well, now that the important stuff is out of the way…how’s college? Am I an art major, or do I change my mind?
22yo: You’re an art major, and you love it. Some friends will tell you to go undeclared for a bit, but you should go with your gut. If you feel that undeclared is the right choice, go undeclared. If you’re really into being an art major, or a theater major, or a math major, go for it! College is a time to pursue the knowledge you feel is important to you, and experience as much as you can.
18yo: Math major, really? Have you seen my grades in Algebra 2?
22yo: Yeah, that math major bit was more for the readers.
18yo: Readers? Do I end up becoming Tumblr famous?
22yo: Unfortunately, no! You kind of try your hand at every social network there is. Right now you’re using Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. You have a job as a student blogger, though. And you work for the Game Room here on campus! It’s all pretty great, you really lucked out. Make sure you check out the job listings on the school website pretty often. Wear a tie to your interview, too. I know it’s uncomfortable, and you don’t know how to tie one. That’s what YouTube is for.
18yo: I’d ask what Snapchat is, but I feel like it’s something I’ll probably think is stupid.
22yo: Yeah, you do for a while. Such a hipster.
18yo: Hipster? I’m just getting more confused the more we talk, so I’ll ask one more question and call it a day. I have rehearsals soon anyway. What’s the best bit of advice you can give me from the future? Oh, and does Grandpa make me cut my hair at some point?
22yo: Hmm…that’s a tough question. If I had to give one bit of advice, I’d say surround yourself with people who are good for you. Do some research and take classes with great professors. Make friends with people you think are talented and intelligent. All of these people will teach you a lot. That’s good, because you’ll be really confused a lot of the time and you’ll pretend you’re not. If people treat you poorly or make you feel uncomfortable, drop them. Trust me, you really don’t need them.
18yo: Wow…okay. What about the hair, though?
22yo: You decide to cut it one week after looking back at some embarrassing senior year photos. Don’t freak out, things are much better this way.