I would tell 16-year-old April not to think so hard about art school, because it’s really just a very expensive way to be told what to create, and once something because an obligation, it stops being any fun. I would tell her that she really needs to start paying attention in US History class, not only because it’s required to graduate and the make-up assignment is not fun, but also because that shit is just interesting, and her 27-year-old self won’t feel so ignorant for having only just now begun making some important connections. I would also tell her that absolutely no guy that she goes to high school with or meets while in high school is in any way important enough to waste so many diary pages over and that she will continue to be friends with absolutely zero of the ones she was romantically involved with a decade later. I would also remind her that no one needs to have an N*SYNC song dedicated to them, for any reason. Lastly, I would tell her that paying more attention to the way that you’re dressed and the length of your hair than everything else going on around you will really piss you off later, because it only postpones the actual soul-searching you’ll inevitably need to do in life, and it’s much easier to get a good chunk of that over with in high school.
What would you tell your 16-year-old self?