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List 5 words that describe your 20s.

learning, naive, dramatic, stressful, laughter

experimental, adventurous, carefree, spontaneous, reckless

fun, mature, change, school, carefree

What is the best memory from your 20s?

Every birthday.

Graduating from college.

Having lunch with my friends at an Indian buffet. We did it often and I miss it.

Road trip during school breaks. Gatherings with friends on the weekend.

What do you know now that you wish you knew in your 20s?

Not to date my ex. Not to trust friends so easily. I’d rather have a small group of good friends instead of lots of fake friends.

Should have graduated from college sooner than later.

I’m still in my 20s! But I do wish I approached college with a little more focus.

Get a degree from a college. Any degree or any college. Just get one.

Work hard, play hard. Cheesy, but true.

Jiun Heng

Sarah Min, 28

Keep your troubles to yourself. To be patient. To communicate better.

What’s your advice for those currently in their 20s?

The only one who cares about you is your family. Think for yourself, no influence. Strive for better, never be content. Education comes first. People will talk, don’t listen, as long as you’re happy with yourself. Be your own person. People have to accept you as you are. 20s are hard,especially early 20s, but if you never give up hope for a better tomorrow, things will turn out for you. If you allow the hardships to get to you, it will get the best of you.

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A compendium of people's accounts of life in their 20s.


A compendium of people's accounts of life in their 20s.