Dear Freshman Me,
Hey me, it’s you. Well, the older you. I have a few things I want to say to you. Some things that I wish I would have known before I started my college journey. I promise the things you’re about to read may come as a bit of a shock to you, but try to listen, because after all, I am the wiser one here.
First things first, these are without a doubt, the best years of your life. Some of them are more fun than others, but each of them has prepared you for where you are now (which is pretty great, if I do say so myself.) With that being said, you don’t graduate in four years. This probably won’t come as much of a shock to you after your freshman year. But hey, it’s okay. You do graduate!!! BUT… STUDY, STUDY, STUDY! The older you’s GPA will greatly appreciate it.
Second, you’re going to have to work. A lot. After your sophomore year, you’re going to have to claim residency, because we both know how mom and dad feel about out of state tuition. It stinks, but you end up kicking butt! You become the manager of that cute little boutique you bought your first rush dress at. Yeah, the one with the heavy door. You end up working there for the rest of college. This job is what prepares you for the real world. This job gives you a future roommate, and countless friendships. This job gives you a second home and people to call family.
Third and finally, enjoy every bit of this life you were given. The people you are about to meet are going to give you some of the best memories in your life. You might lose some, you might end up getting really close to some, but please cherish each and every one of them. They’re a part of your story. They’re a part of what makes you, me.
Remember, college is something you only get to live through once. Don’t take it for granted. Go out with your friends, take the longer walk to class, go on a date with that cute boy you’ve always had a crush on, even if he’s two years younger. (You won’t regret it, wink!) You’re hard headed and a pain in the butt sometimes, but you’re loving and kind. Looking back, I can’t believe we made it this far. We actually did it. I’m so proud of you and the things you’ve accomplished and will accomplish. When things get tough, don’t give up, lean on your friends and God, I promise you will make it through.
I love you and I’ll see you soon,
P.S. Wish us luck, we’re moving to San Diego!!!