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Morgan Bakies

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If you could give your twenty-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Why?

Hello! I'm an undergraduate student who was truly inspired by Meg Jay's talk, "Why 30 is not the new 20" so I wanted to see what the TED community has to say. I turned twenty in March and I want to make the most of my next decade of life. How did you spend your twenties? Was this the defining of your life? Currently, I see endless opportunities, but I'm scared for the day they will disappear.

So if you're above twenty, what advice do you have for your past self? If you are twenty-something, what do you tell yourself everyday to be the best you can be? And if you're under twenty, what's one thing that you hope your twenty-year-old self will remember about adolescence? Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing what you have to say!

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  • May 22 2013: I don't imagine it will be much use to others, but I would personally tell my 20 year old self to go to grad school. At the time I didn't even particularly want to be in college, as I started my studies in the computer field very early and wasn't getting all that much from my education that I didn't already know. I wanted to get out there and get a job and get cracking. But, most jobs in the computer field don't involve doing anything challenging or that advance the science. I would have much preferred now to have gone on to get my PhD and go into research.

    As far as personal concerns, I'd mostly tell myself that I'd got it right. Minoring in Philosophy was a great idea, pursuing a life of constant learning is the right choice, preserving a child-like enthusiasm for life and trying new things and being easily entertained is a great way to live.

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