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18 things I wish I knew when I was 18

This article originally appeared on the What’s Cooking With Ruthie blog. It has been revised and republished with permission here.

My oldest daughter is headed off to college, and I’m freaking out. I can’t believe she’s that old. I can’t believe I’m that old either! I honestly do not know where the time went; it seems like yesterday she was learning to ride a bike.

She and I had a little chat over some cucumber salad a couple of days ago, and as we were talking she took notes. Then she said she’d hang them on the living room wall of her apartment. This got me thinking about when I was 18 and all the things I know now that I wish I knew then.

Here are 18 items that landed on that list, and subsequently will land on my daughter’s wall.

Ruthie Armstrong resides in Pleasant Grove, UT. She is the mother of five and runs the What’s Cooking with Ruthie blog. Contact Ruthie at ruthie@whatscookingwithruthie.com

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BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

Very wise mother! I hope her daughter or son listens!

Llew40
Sandy, UT

Remember, girls outnumber straight, single guys at nearly every college in America giving them the upper hand in selection and choice, so don't expect to get asked out on a lot of dates.
Try to have a good attitude about "hanging out" because your roommates will be trying just as hard to win a date in that rapidly shrinking dating pool.
Don't cohabitate or cohabiDATE, stay celibate and positive!
Insist your roommates do their share of washing dishes and cleaning the only bathroom you'll be sharing with at least three other girls.

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

To the daughter: Pay attention. Your mom is as wise as they come. Good luck!

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