Advice: Mistakes you’ve made
“I did not live within a budget during my first semester of college, even though I should have. I was living off of a $3,000 loan for the semester, and half of that was gone within the first month. I ran out of the other half not long after. I didn’t really have a plan. Some days I’d eat, and some days I wouldn’t. If I spent a bunch of money one day, then I’d know not to spend a bunch of money the next day. But it’s hard.
“My first year out of high school, I think the biggest mistake I made was not managing my time and being completely engulfed with being independent and not setting a schedule for myself.
“I was pretty involved in a lot of different things in high school. I was involved in student government and chorus. I also had a part-time job and took dance classes outside of school. At the time I thought all …
“I definitely didn’t try my hardest in high school. School came pretty naturally to me, so I didn’t really feel like I needed to try hard. Sports were most of my motivation in doing well in school so I did …
“My grades back in high school were not that great. I played a whole bunch of sports and stuff, but I did just enough to get by. Like in English, I remember at the end of one quarter in my senior year my teacher gave me a sticky note with everything I had to complete to get a 74 in the class. I was way behind. If I had done all of my work and actually got a good grade, it would have been a lot better for me.
“I felt like everything came before school for me in high school. And I always did well, but I just didn’t concentrate on it like I should have. I feel like now, looking back, school is super important and maybe I could have formed better relationships with teachers or just gone that extra mile, but it was always about the social aspect. I just wanted to make sure that my friends were happy and the person I was dating was happy and a lot of that is gone now anyway.