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Dear High School Graduate,
First of all congratulations!! Graduating high school is a huge milestone and I am so proud of you!! I know you may be sad right now thinking about going away to college or starting a new job but don’t be! The world is your oyster and you literally have the world at your fingertips right now. You can do anything you set your mind to. Now let’s get to the good stuff…
So you want to go to college? Good for you! College will be so much better than high school in every way possible. Trust me on this.
You are going to meet so many different people and you will really find your “squad”. Just remember that most of the friends you make in college will be your friends for life so pick good ones!
Don’t have a clue what you want to major in? That’s ok!!! Don’t declare one at first and get those basics out of the way. And when you do declare one don’t be afraid to change it a couple times. That’s what college is for, exploring your options!
If you get the chance to travel abroad for a semester DO IT. You may never get that chance again.
Don’t sign up for 8am classes. You will oversleep and you will skip this class. Just don’t do it.
Live in the dorms for at least a year even if you live close to the college you are attending. This will be a life changing experience.
Be weird. Everyone is weird in their own way. Don’t be afraid to let your freak flag fly.
Learn how to do your own laundry. This includes sheets. On this same note, change your sheets at least once a week.
Learn at least one kick ass microwave recipe.
Always remember “righty tight, lefty loosey”.
Personal hygiene is a must.
Join every club and activity until you find your “thing”. Trust me when I say it’s out there. You don’t have to do the same type of things you did in high school, it’s ok to try new things and activities. Don’t pigeonhole yourself and don’t be afraid to look dumb.
Go to the football games.
Go to the band performances.
Go to the art shows.
Go to everything!!
Go to the parties both on and off campus. Have a drink or two if you want but don’t overdo it. Learn your limits and stick to them.
STUDY. Make friends with the people who work in the library and they will hook you up with the good study areas.
Ask questions if you don’t understand something. And don’t be afraid to email your professors.
Remember that it’s always better to be over-prepared than under. Same thing goes for getting dressed.
Be yourself! don’t like something just because everyone else does. Remember that it’s ok to be different.
That college health clinic is there for a reason. They can help you with everything from a free flu shot to free birth control. Take advantage while you can!
Rent your textbooks (Amazon is the cheapest!!) or buy them used, never buy new textbooks unless you absolutely have to.
Keep applying for scholarships!! You can get scholarships while you are in college from your extracurricular activities or from your academic achievements. It’s free money so use it while you can!
Student loans are sometimes a necessary evil. Don’t ever feel ashamed if you have to get them but at the same time only take as much as you need. You don’t want to be paying for that Spring Break trip to Cancun for the next 10+ years.
Call your Mom. And your Dad. And your grandparents and everyone else you love. They want to hear from you and make sure you are still alive.
Don’t get any tattoos while under the influence. You will regret them.
And last but certainly not least HAVE FUN. College will seriously be the best time of your life and it goes by so quickly so don’t rush it. Live in the moment but plan for the future. You can do this.