Alias alum Jennifer Garner can do a lot more than act! She showed just how inspirational she can be in a new video she shared to Instagram on Tuesday, May 21, of her speaking at the 2019 graduation ceremony of her alma mater, Denison University.
In the funny video, Jen, 47, can be heard telling the students her best tips for maneuvering life as a young person. “Sorry you didn’t get the Morehouse guy,” she hilariously captioned it, referencing the billionaire who recently paid off the entire graduating class’ student loans.
“When it comes to Halloween costumes, go funny over sexy! Why would you dress like a flirty nurse when you could be a mailbox?” the 13 Going on 30 star joked — the first of her tips.
“Nothing looks better in your 50s than sunscreen in your 20s,” she added. “Don’t walk down the Grand Canyon just to see what it looks like from the bottom up. Don’t smoke and don’t vape. I’m sorry, [but] somebody has to say it!”
Jen’s great advice didn’t end there — just the funny parts. “Mixed signals are not mixed signals, they’re a no!” she explained. Perhaps her best tip has to be the one that she gave to the ladies: “If you’re a woman and pardon me for being binary for just a second: The stage has been set, the world is yours to grab. Go out and get it, girl!”
In 1994, Jen graduated from the Ohio-based university with her friends. The very last tidbit was very special because she told the audience to value the friendships that they’ve made in life and never take it for granted.
“Finally, stay close to your friends from college. You’ve just spent four years hanging out with them. That history is invaluable,” the mom-of-three said. “Work friends, you talk to them about work. Lovers, you talk to them about love and dinner reservations. But friends from college, you can talk to them about everything and you can do nothing with them and still be happy. My friends from Denison mean the world to me, have gotten me through everything possible. And without them, I wouldn’t know any Republicans.”
You go, Jen!