Yes, today I turn 22.

Adapted from the famous “30 list” penned by Glamour magazine, I thought as the Editor-In-Chief of ECG I would do a version just for college girls. I invite you to celebrate my 22nd with me by reflecting on the last 22 years: lessons learned, items coveted, and new levels of awareness reached.

You can also see Glamour‘s 30 here. But we still have 8 years before we have to go there!


By 22, all college girls need…

  1. A love of your life
  2. A comfortable pair of black high heels that you can dance all night in
  3. College years riveting enough to not bore anyone you recount them to
  4. A signature scent
  5. The perfect dress that you can throw on if your Prince Charming asks you on a date… later the same night
  6. A day planner with fabulous quotes that speak to your soul and remind you that the day to day “to-do’s” are only the small picture
  7. One pair of black lacey or silk lingerie, even if you’ve only ever worn it for yourself
  8. A perfect job interview outfit
  9. A grammar dictionary
  10. Money in savings – that only you have access to
  11. A favorite beauty routine, including working out, hair, and skin care


By 22, all college girls should know…

  1. How to meditate, or do yoga. Or both
  2. How to reflect positively on a childhood that you are content to leave behind, whether or not it was perfect
  3. How to tell the difference between what you want and what you need
  4. When to walk away from a relationship
  5. How to be in love with someone without compromising yourself or your beliefs
  6. How to confront a friend without damaging your friendship
  7. How to embrace your body for what it is, to not abuse it, and not to be hard on yourself
  8. Who you can call immediately when life throws you a curveball, or a flat tire
  9. How to flirt in a way that genuinely reflects what you want to happen afterward
  10. That the truth cannot long be hidden, and being passive agressive isn’t elegant
  11. Why people say that our 20’s are our golden years


It’s been a great 22 years thus far, with lots of love, lessons, and laughs. What more could a girl ask for?



What do you think?

What’s on your 22 list? What is your favorite thing about being a college girl? Share with us and add to this list in the comments section below.


Author: Anna Patrick

1 Comment

  1. Briana says:

    Happy Birthday! This is an excellent post. Since I’m still two years away from turning 22, I now feel the need to make my own 22 list. My favorite thing about college is that it gives you the opportunity to really DO things with your life, to experiment, and to change. Thank you for writing this post. I’m inspired!

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