"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." -- Andy Warhol

How to be Smarter: If a mentor makes a suggestion you’re having trouble following, it is okay to go back to them, show them the effort you made towards their initial suggestion, and ask if they have a different piece of advice that would lead to the same end goal. How to be Prettier: When presenting in front of a group, patterns on your clothes can be distracting; wear a solid color top so that your hand gestures are more visible.

How to be (less) Awkward: If someone is sharing something with you that you do not think is correct, immediately disagreeing with them will make them not want to share more information, some of which might change your mind. Instead, try saying, “That’s interesting—could you tell me more?” before jumping to a conclusion. This gives both the other person a chance to elaborate or better explain, and a chance for you to hear a bit more information before making a judgment.

This was originally written for Parade magazine; you can read all my Parade columns here. xo, Molly