Don't be too annoyed that your mom came to town for a visit on your 21st to keep you from bar hopping. There will be plenty of time for bars, dancing and boys. Life doesn't end if it doesn't happen on your birthday. Taco Bell after midnight is never a good idea. Don't go there. You will regret it eventually. Sleep more. You're going to wish you did.
When your BFF tells you that you have to drink all the left over glasses, after losing a game of shot glass checkers, she's lying. It's not in the rules. On the bright side, a cute puppy will keep you company while you puke in the leaves out back. Also, when the same BFF calls you later that night to tell you she is lost somewhere surrounded by trees, don't waste an hour running around the neighborhood in a snow storm looking for her. She's in the back yard.
This year is going to be challenging for you. Something awful is going to happen that will change your life forever. I could warn you of when, where and how, but I'm not going to. This event will shape you and your future. You're going to feel broken and scared. But that's okay. Just know that you will make it out okay in the end. Know that it's okay to ask for help. Keep your head held high and you will come out so much stronger than you ever could have imagined.
Don't forget what it's like to have fun, though. Keep living. Laugh often. Trust those that earn it. You're strong, beautiful. Remember that.
When you get the bright idea and volunteer to make 12 homemade lasagnas by yourself to feed 100+ people, slap yourself for me, please. Heaven forbid college kids have to eat frozen lasagnas. You will dream of noodles, cheese and sauce for months. Lasagna will be ruined forever. Just don't go there.
I know you think men are scum, and it's true of some. But don't swear them off completely for too long. Enjoy being single for awhile, but keep your eyes and heart open. You'll find someone worth it in time. It might take you a few years to realize it, but that grump in the office that you're slightly scared of? He may not be so bad... Just a thought.