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Advice For Your Younger Self

What Advice Would You Give Your 17-Year-Old Self?

Penn Badgley already plays the least messed-up, and consequently most boring, teenager on Gossip Girl, and this week he'll morph into an even younger teen in the high-school comedy Easy A.

New York magazine asked the 23 year old what he'd like to go back and tell his 17-year-old self, but he had nothing to say. "I believe you have to make your mistakes and deal with the consequences and learn from them," he said. "Looking back, the things you cherish as you get older are often the things that made you cringe then."

What would you like to tell 17-year-old you?

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Carri Carri 5 years
You'll meet "The One" in three years, so stop fretting over those a-holes!!
soulsearcher83 soulsearcher83 5 years
I'd tell her to quit her religion and go straight to a university, skip changing majors, and stay away from guys who don't give a @### about you from the start.
KateAthens KateAthens 5 years
Shyness is nice, andShyness can stop youFrom doing all the things in lifeYou'd like to
KateAthens KateAthens 5 years
Shyness is nice, and Shyness can stop you From doing all the things in life You'd like to
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 5 years
Break up with him, you're beautiful and deserve better, trust your family they really do have your best interests at heart.
stephley stephley 5 years
Love your no effort figure, it isn't going to last forever.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I'd tell her that she'd be starting college soon and to take the first year as an undecided major so that she could explore many things and revel in newfound independence with a little more fun. And then I'd tell her she's been doing good and to keep it up! Looking back, seventeen was a pretty good year for me. It was the earlier teen years that were more destructive.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I'd tell her that she'd be starting college soon and to take the first year as an undecided major so that she could explore many things and revel in newfound independence with a little more fun. And then I'd tell her she's been doing good and to keep it up! Looking back, seventeen was a pretty good year for me. It was the earlier teen years that were more destructive.
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
Do your homework, lazy ass!
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
Do your homework, lazy ass!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 5 years
Think with your head, not your heart.Don't go to Atlanta for college. Stay in PA and major in Education.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 5 years
Think with your head, not your heart. Don't go to Atlanta for college. Stay in PA and major in Education.
reesiecup reesiecup 5 years
1. On life: It's okay to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. 2. On poor body image: No one is perfect. We can only accept what we have and make the most of it.
reesiecup reesiecup 5 years
1. On life: It's okay to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. 2. On poor body image: No one is perfect. We can only accept what we have and make the most of it.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Go Vegetarian now! :) I wish I could tell my 15 year old self that. That and to start eating better. I didn't gain self confidence until I was almost 19 when became a vegetarian and lost 15 pounds. I wish I had been happier in high school. Oh! And get your Bachelors. Now. I regret not getting my schooling done sooner.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Go Vegetarian now! :) I wish I could tell my 15 year old self that. That and to start eating better. I didn't gain self confidence until I was almost 19 when became a vegetarian and lost 15 pounds. I wish I had been happier in high school. Oh! And get your Bachelors. Now. I regret not getting my schooling done sooner.
vabeachbum vabeachbum 5 years
BREAK UP WITH HIM! BREAK UP WITH HIM NOW!
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
don't major in journalism.
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
don't major in journalism.
zeze zeze 5 years
I'd tell myself not to give a **** cuz none of that stuff mattered at all.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 5 years
And be happy and live in the moment!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
I would tell myself to be kinder to my "enemies" because all that cattiness made both their and my lives worse.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 5 years
I would tell myself I am SO beautiful (I thought i was so fat and ugly and I wasn't!) and that I should not settle for less! More self confidence!
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