Hey Little Sis, College Is Going To Be Great

Hey Little Sis, College Is Going To Be Great

College advice from big sisters to little sisters because college is hard, but it's so worth it.

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Dear little sister, congratulations! College is some of the most fun I have ever had so far. It's pretty amazing being surrounded by amazing individuals that are motivated and care about you. You are going to do amazing things while you are at school. You have a ridiculous amount of potential and you have the skills to accomplish world-changing, earth-shattering feats. In order to do that, you might want a little bit of advice. I haven't learned much, but I have learned a little.

College isn't all about appearances, but they most certainly help. You should eat well, but don't say no to ice cream. Eat breakfast and throw in a little protein every day to make sure that you're doing your part to stay healthy. Make sure you wear something other than your pajamas to class and don't wear your lanyard around your neck. You will definitely feel better. Side note: people giggle a little when freshmen wear their lanyards. Make sure that you brush your teeth and take care of yourself. If you get sick, go to Student Health. If you need a flu shot, go to Student Health. If you are looking for nutrition advice, go to Student Health. They have a ton of resources that you pay for anyway, so use them!

With regards to class, there are just a few tips that I have. Make sure that you are considerate to each individual that is in your class. Don't type too loud or take up more than one seat in class. Honestly, you should probably not take courses before 10 a.m. because they can be difficult to motivate yourself to go to. If your class is reading-heavy, try reading ahead. Getting behind is not in your favor, but you also shouldn't stress either. Make a schedule and stick to it — it's extremely helpful for accomplishing projects and hitting deadlines. Check your email several times per day and always make sure to respond to professors. Not only do they expect a response, but they are often working for your benefit, so make sure you give them the thanks they deserve.

Outside of class, you should do your best to relax and have a blast. College is supposed to be pretty fantastic, so make sure you take advantage of it! That being said, you don't have to go out to a party to have fun. My friends and I do movies nights where we all get in our pajamas and watch comedies until we run out of snacks. Having fun is super important, but make sure you do some work too. Fill out a LinkedIn profile and apply for an internship or job on campus. You will be thankful that you started thinking about your future early.

A few random suggestions include doing your laundry in the mornings, keep your backpack light, carry your own whiteboard markers, get an oil diffuser, and try to keep a plant alive. There's definitely a learning curve you will hit once you get to college, but it doesn't have to shatter your world. Call Mom and Dad every once in a while and tell them about the cool stuff you're doing, then actually listen to their "glory day" stories. They appreciate the communication more than you know.

Little sis, college is awesome. I'm really excited about you embarking on this adventure in your life. If you need anything, you know I'm here for you.

Love your big sis!

P.S. WEAR YOUR SHOWER SHOES — bathroom floors are gross.

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21 Lies College Students Tell Their Parents

I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these.

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Let's be honest. College is the best time of your life for a lot of reasons, and maybe you should not tell your mom all of them when she calls. I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these, and the others — maybe you should try next time!

1. "I can't talk now, I'm in the library."

Typically used when the student is too hungover to talk.

2. "Gotta go now, I'm walking into class."

Then hit play on Netflix.

3. "I think it might be food poisoning."

Was it the food, or all of that alcohol? Your symptoms sound more like a hangover to me.

4. "No, I didn't just wake up."

It is 4 p.m. and, yes, you did.

5. "I need more money for laundry and food."

Meaning, "I need more money for things I don't think you will give me money for."

6. "I never skip class!"

When we use this one, it usually does not refer to anything before 11 a.m.

7. "I studied all night for that test!"

If by "studied all night" you mean you watched TV shows in the library, then, yes, all night.

8. "Everyone failed that test."

And by everyone, I mean me and my friend who did not go to sleep until 3 a.m.

9. "I'm walking home from breakfast with my friends."

Yeah, OK. You are just lucky she cannot see last night's outfit and the high heels you are carrying. We know where you have been.

10. "Potbelly's is a restaurant."

I mean, they may sell tacos, but I'm not sure I would call it a restaurant.

11. "I go to Cantina's for the Nachos."

I hope that is not the only reason but, hey, you do you.

12. "The $40 charge on the card from last Saturday? That was for school supplies!"

Yeah, right. It was for a new dress.

13. "Nobody goes out on weeknights, especially not me."

We all know grades come first, right?

14. "I can't remember the last time I went out!"

Literally.

15. "I make my bed regularly"

About as often as I clean the bathroom.

16. "I did not say 'Margarita Monday,' I said I went to 'Margaret's on Monday'!"

Following the use of this lie, do not post any pictures on social media of you with a margarita.

17. "I use my meal plan, and eat in the dining hall all the time."

As you scarf down Chick-fil-A.

18. "I eat healthy!"

For those without a meal plan who have to grocery shop on their own, we all know you spend $2 on a 12-pack of Ramen noodles and the rest on a different kind of 12-pack.

19. "No, I don't have a fake ID."

OK, "John Smith," and where exactly in Wyoming are you from?

20. "I'm doing great in all of my classes."

We use this one because you cannot see our grades online, anymore.

21. "I did not wait until the last minute to start on this."

We all know that if you start a paper before 10 p.m. the night before it is due, you are doing something wrong.

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To My Little Sister Who Became My Best Friend

You are so strong. Never forget that.

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It's no secret that most siblings go through periods of loving and hating each other before they become best friends. My parents always told us "don't burn bridges with your sister, one day she'll be your best friend," and like most moody teenagers, I would roll my eyes and walk away.

How could I ever become best friends with this person who stole my clothes, who would flirt with the boys I liked, who had more friends than I ever would?

To my surprise, I went off to college, and my sister became my best and closest friend.

To my not-so-little-sister (yes, we're only 13 months apart. Thanks, mom!) who finally became my best friend,

I know I haven't said it enough over the last 18-years, but I love you. Please remember no matter how many times that I'll continue to say it now, I will always love you so much. Having a sister like you has not only been one of life's biggest challenges but one of its biggest blessings as well.

Thank you for teaching me so many lessons in our journey through life together. I know that they typically say 'learn from your older siblings' mistakes,' but let's be real, you've taught me a lot more than I could have ever shown you.

Thank you for being there for me when life gets hard. For being the only familiar face in the halls of every new school, and holding my hand after each heartbreak, I experienced. Thank you for the many late-night Steak 'n Shake runs, and hours spent with me shopping at the mall (because we both know how indecisive I get when it comes to clothes). For the times we've danced in the kitchen screaming Demi Lovato's greatest hits avoiding the piles of dishes and laundry to do before mom gets home.

These are some of the memories I will cherish forever.

Thank you for being the best secret-keeper and the person I know I can always trust the most. You've seen me at my best, but also my worst and yet you never fail to be there when I need you. Sometimes I feel like you know me better than I know myself. Thank you for accepting who I am as a person and supporting me even when others in our family do not.

Despite all of the stupid fights growing up over stealing each other's shoes or clothes or what time we were going to leave for school in the morning (that was a weird one), I don't know what I would do without you. My biggest regret in life is looking back and realizing how much time we lost fighting over the littlest things. I miss having you close to me.

Know that I'm always here for you, even if it's a 2 A.M Facetime call away. You can come to me with anything and everything. I know I don't tell you this enough, but I am so proud of who you are and the woman you are becoming.

Through both the good times and the bad, I will always be here supporting you, encouraging you, and loving you. Through thick and thin I will always be your big sister (even if it's only by 13 months) who loves you. No amount of distance, no fight, and no mistake could ever change that.

A few things I hope you always remember my dear sister: you are beautiful, smart, determined, passionate, and talented. You are so strong. Never forget that. You are so much more than you will ever believe yourself to be. You can conquer the world and reach any of the dreams that you set yourself out to achieve. I know you will! You are capable of so much more than you will ever know. Work hard, never give up.

Through everything that you do, in everything that you face, I will always be here supporting you. I am so proud of you. I can't wait to see you reach all of your dreams.

"The bond between sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship." - Margret Mead

I love you forever,

Your big sister

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