“Along the way you’ll learn a lot, meet new people, and find out more about yourself.”

“Along the way you’ll learn a lot, meet new people, and find out more about yourself.”

Throughout my three years on staff for “The Tiger Print,” I have thought about what to write about for my senior column.

Well, here I am, still not entirely sure.

I know I could pull sections of one of my many college essays about overcoming adversity or being a leader. But that’s not what I want to do.

Most of you — even if you get all the way through this — will not remember anything from this story even an hour from now. And if you do, you’ll probably just remember a single sentence or idea that spoke to you.

That’s why I’ve decided to compile a list of things that I’ve learned starting from birth up until now. My hope is that at least one thing from the list will stick with you.

1. If you are trying to convince your mom that you didn’t spill paint on the carpet, it’s best to wash the paint off your hands first.

2. Your siblings are your best friends even if they accidentally flush your favorite Beanie Baby down the toilet.

3. Just because you don’t achieve your goals the first time doesn’t mean you should stop trying.

4. When your mom tells you to bring a jacket, bring a jacket.

5. I know that breaking up with that boy who said he loved you seems like the end of the world, but I promise it will be OK.

6. You are an artist even if you don’t think that you have a creative bone in your body. Your form of creativity just may be different from other people’s.

7. If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.

8. It’s OK to take a break every once in awhile. You deserve it.

9. There is more to life than retweets and likes.

10. Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard enough.

11. Try having a civil conversation with someone you don’t agree with. You might learn something.

12. No matter what your math teacher tells you, as long as you have your phone, you will always have a calculator with you.

13. Concerts are beautiful, and you should go to them.

14. Life is not a highway. It is definitely a roundabout because nobody understands those.

And finally — and most importantly — your future isn’t going to be perfect, but that’s OK. Along the way you’ll learn a lot, meet new people, and find out more about yourself.

I know I am.