Mary Theresa Schmich (born November 29, 1953) is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Her June 1, 1997 column, commonly referred to as "Wear sunscreen", was widely attributed on the Internet to a Kurt Vonnegut commencement address at M.I.T. It was later published as a book and released as a popular recording.
- Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.
- "Now Boarding At Any Newspaper, Magazine Or Book", Chicago Tribune, 28 October 1998; reprinted in The Best of Mary Schmich (2012) as "A Discount Ticket to Everywhere".
"Wear Sunscreen" (1997)
newspaper colummn originally published in the Chicago Tribune as "Advice, like youth, probably wasted on the young" (June 1, 1997)
- Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. ... [T]rust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
- Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with those who are reckless with yours.
- Don't waste time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.
- Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
- Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either of them might run out.