Hindsight is 2020, but in 2022, we wanted to know: What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time to the day you finished high school? The polls are in, one hundred and ninety-nine of you voted, and this is what you had to say:
Save/Invest Your Money
Saving money seems like a no-brainer, but in the moment, it can be one of those things easier said than done, especially when you’re younger. As one commenter suggests, set yourself a realistic goal by putting aside 50$-100$ per month. Think of what you can do with all the money you didn’t spend going out or drinking – another regret mentioned a couple of times. Over twelve people would tell themselves to invest their money, specifically in real estate, given the current housing market. Buying stocks, especially in Bitcoin, Amazon, or Google, was another common counsel from the comment section.
Oh, the places you’ll go! Or the places you didn’t. Over seven of you expressed a desire to have travelled more, and it makes sense; you want to see the world. Living in Ottawa is great, but experiencing life in a foreign place can teach you a lot about yourself. That being said, you can’t escape your problems just by relocating, so make sure that’s not why you’re doing it. Finding ourselves is more of a state of mind than a state of place, but globetrotting can inspire things in you that you never knew you had. It’s great to explore your options, and it’s well-advised to do so before entering post-secondary education.
Over ten people said they wished they had gone to university or college. Within that, some picked one over the other, but that comes down to what kind of career you want. College takes a more hands-on approach, but if you’re going to be a heart surgeon, university is the best route. Another good point that was raised — take a gap year before you decide where you want to go and what you want to do. Being fresh out of high school doesn’t automatically qualify you to make decisions that set you up for the rest of your life. Taking that time in between to learn and grow is crucial. If it’s something being forced on you by your parents, for example, get a job in the meantime or travel.
Another favourite in the comments was not to settle down too quickly. Staying single allows you to focus more on yourself and makes you less liable, as one commenter says, “to get sidetracked by a fella.” We’ve all fallen victim to this at some point in our lives, and that’s okay; it happens. The trick is to get back up and fall for yourself more than anything. That way, when someone does come along, you’ll be ready. Staying true to yourself is not something that you’ll regret; in fact, many people wish they could go back in time and tell themselves that. Focus on what makes you happy, and pay attention to who uplifts you because those are the people you want to surround yourself with.