Seventeen is an important age and that transition to 18 can be a rough one -- especially for girls.
Granted, Kylie Jenner seems to have it all figured out (and a $320,000 Ferrari), but if you are still trying to find your way, don't worry. You aren't alone.
On Friday, singer/songwriter Bridget Kelly released her Summer of 17 EP, a six-track project that perfectly captures a carefree teenage vibe. On "Act Like That," BK teams with Mack Wilds for a good ol' fashioned battle of the sexes and with "Not Afraid" she throws a middle finger to all societal pressures and celebrates her individuality.
"When I was a teenager I was just focused on having fun and what I was going to do to become a famous singer," the 29-year-old Kelly told MTV News on Monday (Aug. 10). "The inspiration for the EP came about because all my friends are doing the grown-up, adult thing of getting married and trying to plan a life and I'm still trying to make a couple million dollars and be on a yacht somewhere with champagne. I'm not trying to pop out babies, I'm trying to pop bottles."
What Bridget Kelly proves is that there is no single path for everyone, so she sat with us and gave us a few tips to remember when making that transition from 17 to 18-years-old.
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"When you're 17, you kinda laugh when your mom says 'If your friends jump off a bridge are you going to follow them and jump off the bridge too?' It sounds silly, but it's a real thing. Everybody is trying to get it right at the same time, so no one at 17 knows any better than anyone else at 17. Even if they have the best intentions, they don't always know. Do what feels right for you."
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"I know it sounds cliche to say, but when you're chasing boys you get distracted. When you're a junior in high school, sometimes you're already in love or you're looking for love or you just may want to flirt and have the attention, but it's distracting. It deters from your own personal growth and process. If you let it distract you too much, you'll stray from your own personal goals... Guys are trying to fill a different void anyway."
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"When I was in high school, I went to a performing arts high school, so it was really competitive and it made us a little petty. It made us more catty because we're competing with each other. Some of it was healthy on a talent level, but a lot of it was a little debilitating at times because you're constantly comparing yourself to the next girl... It's really important for girls to stick together."
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"When I was in high school, my mother was going through menopause, so I was trying to find myself and she was trying to find anything but me. So we were just butting heads all the time. There was a lot of miscommunication, a lot of misunderstandings, but I think at that age, I didn't understand that she was trying to balance the ultimate juggling act. There were her own fears and anxieties about my life, in addition to trying to relate to me. Most parents mean well, they just don't know how to approach the situation."
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"I was 17 and I knew what I wanted to do, but I knew a lot of people who did not have a clue at all. So they just followed a formula because it was safe. If you're confused or if you don't know, just embrace that. Live through that. Don't make decisions through your fear, try to figure out who you are. Find what makes you amazing and find the things that you're really good at and build off of those things.
"Establish yourself without succumbing to the standards of 'you have to go to college' or 'you have to get a job in this field.' A lot of times there is a lot of outside pressure and pressure at home too... I think it's hard, especially for girls it's like, you got to be ready to take care of a family and be a wife and do all the superficial, frivolous stuff that at 17 and 18 you don't even need to be worried about. Your quality of character and your lust for life should be what drives you until you you're at a place where you know. Embrace the journey."