Birthday Series: Advice to my 19-year-old self

Don’t worry about paying your school bill.  It will work out.  Eventually all your school loans will be paid off and you’ll be grateful to have a top notch college education that will serve you the rest of your life. Financial stress is debilitating.  Learn now how to budget, be content and be grateful.


Go to counseling.  Seven bucks a session is a steal.  You’ll never get a deal like that again.  Your emotional health is worth the investment.  Everyone has issues.  Start working on yours now.

Sign up for Biola Israel.  It sounds like a lot of money, but this is another opportunity you shouldn’t miss.  You’ll regret it later.  Some day you’ll be tied down with jobs, school loans and mortgage payments.  This is the time to travel and learn.

Don’t skip chapel.  Some day you’ll miss the great chapel speakers.  Take advantage while you can. Profound points from chapel speakers will echo in your head for the rest of  your life.  Feed the echo.  Let God speak to you.  This is a critical time in your life when you’re making important decisions about your future.  Build your credo from the best materials.


Don’t neglect your girlfriends.  It’s easy to want to spend all your time outside of work and class with your boyfriend.  But you need some girl time, too.  Your investment in friendships is a wise use of resources.

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