Listen up, teens! Kerry Washington recently gave valuable advice about that pivotal period in life that marks transition from high school and entering college in a video diary entry for Teen Vogue, and it's full of gems.

39-year-old Kerry graduated from New York City's famous Spence School over 20 years ago, and offers sound advice for teens in the clip. "Make sure that your dreams are yours," the "Scandal" star shares, continuing with a caution to not follow dreams that others think are right for you.

At 18 Kerry had big plans, and went on to attend George Washington University. But the actress tells her former self to not always take those plans so seriously. "Make a plan, but know that sometimes when you make a plan, God laughs because God has another plan, and that plan is probably better than your plan. You just have to hang in there and be patient for it," Kerry advises. On the sometimes hard transition from childhood to adulthood, Kerry cautions, "Just know that everybody has growing pains and the only way out is through. You're going to find therapy and it's going to be amazing!"

Aside from musing on the wonder of seeing a therapist, Kerry also warns against comparing yourself to others, stating, "Do what's right for you. You can't compare your insides with somebody else's outsides because you never know what's going on with somebody else, really."

While talking of this time in her life, the "Scandal" star takes a moment to reflect on her parents. Now that she is a mother herself, to 22-month-old daughter Isabelle with NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, she now really appreciates her family. "I really now understand what it means to parent, and not a day goes by that I don't think about how blessed I am to have been born to the parents I was born to."

Now with an established career and her own family, Kerry remarks on the importance of everything happening for a reason, and being grateful for challenges in your life because "they made you better." And in the midst of the hard times, "Take a deep breath. Know that nothing's forever."