A Letter to Myself as a College Freshman

Dear 18ish year old me,

You’ve just started college! These will be some of the best years of your life; however, there are a few things I think you should know.

First off, make friends. Like, seriously. Stop sitting there all by your lonesome, content with not speaking. Get out of your comfort zone. You’ll thank me for it later.

Second, stop procrastinating. In a few weeks your going to have a paper and your not going to do it until late the night before and you’re going to call your dad crying because you’re so stressed. You can prevent this situation from happening! Start on the dang paper – and your other assignments for that matter – on time or, if you’re feeling particularly rebellious, early. 

Third, go to sleep early. Stop staying up until the wee hours of the morning. It makes you cranky. No one likes it when you’re cranky.

Fourth, take a deep breath. Things are going to get stressful. Take a step back and look at the big picture. You’ll be okay. A bad day isn’t the end.

Fifth, and finally, cherish every moment. These years are going to fly by.

Sincerely,

Your wiser 20ish year old self.

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Photo Credit: delfi de la Rua

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