Dear incoming college freshmen,
I know that there is a rollercoaster of emotions right now as you embark on this new and exciting journey filled with uncertainty. I know that things are going to be way different as an incoming freshman in these challenging and uncertain times. Welcome week is going to be different and all the social joys of college have changed, but one thing remains...your outlook. Try and remain positive. You can still meet people in your classes and make friends virtually. Things will not be like this forever. One day football games and social events will be back, just remain patient.
Even though the social aspect will be very different, still focus on school and doing the best you can in your classes. Ask questions and get involved in clubs or other organizations...even if you meet virtually for now! College is a time of growth, so let yourself grow and learn a plethora of new things.
College isn't all about the memories you make but also about the things you'll learn along the way. I know it sucks so bad right now, but trust me when I say you will make memories regardless of the circumstances. Surround yourself with good people and make the most out of every single moment because it goes by fast.
Incoming freshmen, please please take classes seriously. But also don't take things too seriously, sometimes you might have to let an assignment sit a couple of days so you can go out and make the memories, but don't forget the assignment. There is always going to be stuff to do and it will be stressful I can promise that, but keep your eyes set on your goals and what you want your future to look like.
College is such an incredible time to be alive and it can still be memorable regardless of what is going on in the world. Keep yourself safe and healthy and don't let negativity win. It will get better, things will be okay again. Maybe not now, maybe not for a few months, but they will be okay again! Keep pressing forward and keep staying positive and please follow guidelines set in place by your school for COVID-19. We are all in this together and good luck out there.
a college sophomore