How to be Smarter: Being independent, and being loyal, are not mutually exclusive. You can be extremely loyal to those you love–in a romantic relationship or otherwise–and still be fiercely self-reliant. Once you think being committed to someone means being dependent on them, you are doomed. How to be Prettier: I really like the look when girls hide skinny little braids into their hair when they wear it down.
How to be (less) Awkward: People only ask you to do things with them if they think that having you there will make the whole experience more fun. This is true whether your girlfriends invite you to the bar for the night; your mom wants to play tennis with you; or somebody asks you to marry them.