How to be Smarter: "The most independent people on the planet got that way because they have a strong network of support behind them." -- Great quote from this great piece, 10 Ways to Be Fierce(ly) Independent. How to be Prettier: When you love a city, you think the skyline is beautiful and special. A skyline does not need to change to be loved, because if you already love everything that is inside the city limits then you also love what it looks like from the outside. People who love everything that is inside you already think you are beautiful and special on the outside, too.
How to be (less) Awkward: Unless they insist otherwise, always wait until the chef sits down to start eating. [Even if the chef is just your roommate who has cooked an extra bowl of pasta for you].