You did it! You finally accomplished the first major educational milestone in your life: high school. Your next move is college and I'm here to give you some advice.
College, as you may have probably guessed from witnessing my journey for the last four years, is not an easy task. It's not for the faint of heart and it is definitely not for the slackers.
Unlike high school, you will have to buy your own books in college. Your professors won't care if you don't buy or bring your books to class. They won't remind you to get them.
Your professors also will not bat an eye if you miss class. They won't call you, email you or track down your parents because you skipped your 9 a.m. lecture. You are paying to sit in that seat and learn, so it is your responsibility to show up.
College is for figuring out what you want to do with your life. In my four years of college, I've changed my major three times before I finally found what I was passionate about. If you decide what you're studying isn't for you, it's ok to switch. Do what makes you happy.
I want you to know that college is not a race. Whether you fail a class, change your major or experience something else that causes you to have a setback, don't stress. You will finish when you finish.
Having a planner helps BIG TIME, especially if you are taking a big course load. I learned quickly that I couldn't remember everything. Write all of your assignments, test dates, project due dates and appointments down. It will save you time and stress in the long run.
Don't feel stupid for visiting your professor during their office hours. It's what they are there for. Some professors don't answer questions in class, so if you are confused, mark it in your notes and go out of your way to get help. Trust me on this.
While college is there for you to learn and get experience in your field, you also need to remember to make time for yourself, friends and family. Getting the hang of balancing your new responsibilities with your existing life can seem impossible and overwhelming at first, but after a semester or two, you will get the hang of it.
Watching you grow up for the last 18 years has been a rollercoaster. I've witnessed most of your sports games and have watched you grow as a person. As you begin the next chapter of your life, I have no doubt that you will succeed and land a job in the field that you've expressed so much love and passion for.
I can't wait to help guide you and watch your college journey unfold in front of you. I will be here to help guide you and assist you in making decisions that are best for you.
I'm so proud of the person you are becoming and I can't wait to see what you accomplish next.
I am so proud of you.