Jennifer Garner, actress and graduate of Denison University’s Class of 1994, recently delivered the Ohio college’s 2019 commencement address, and boy was it a good one.
After explaining how she regretted agreeing to the speech, because writing it made her examine her life choices, “gain five pounds,” and “loathe her friend and Denison alum Steve Carell” who graduated before her and should have had to address the college first, Garner gave the grads some invaluable life advice.
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Her speech begins a few minutes after the one hour mark, and she quickly shares words of wisdom, such as never walk down the Grand Canyon to see what it looks like from the bottom, don’t smoke and don’t vape because it’s “not cute,” and always use sunscreen.
“When it comes to Halloween costumes, go funny over sexy. Why would you dress like a flirty nurse when you could be a mailbox? It’s an opportunity,” she went on.
Garner also touched on the concept of mixed signals, bedside table must-haves, and the importance of managing social media consumption. Then, she addressed the women in the audience.
“If you’re a woman… the stage has been set, the world is yours to grab. Go out and get it, girl,” she said.