Dear past self,

This is your future self writing to you about what you have to look forward to in the years ahead. I know you are feeling confused and like the world is flying around you right now, but trust me, you are going to figure it all out. I know you are worrying about where you will end up, what will happen, and how you will get there. I want to tell you to have faith in yourself. Do not spend so much of your time filled with worry and more time enjoying yourself.

You are probably the most curious about where you will be going to college in a couple years. Although I do not want to ruin the surprise but I will tell you that you are going to end up at the best University for you (and the place you have been dreaming about attending). You are going to be so incredibly happy about this and it will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. You may not realize it during your first year, but as you grow into the school and really begin to immerse yourself, you will feel the happiest you have felt in a very long time. As I mentioned, the first year might be hard, as one would expect moving to a new city and starting at a new school. You will miss your parents, your friends, your pets. You will experience your first long-distance relationship. It will be hard but absolutely worth it in the end. After you overcome the struggles of adjustment, you will realize there is nowhere else you would rather be.

Now to address what you are actually experiencing right now. You have some amazing friends in your life and they are such a positive people to keep around you. Along with these friends, you will also run into a few people that do nothing but bring you down. When you begin to realize that someone is not adding anything positive to your life, cut them out. This might be difficult but it is will prevent a lot of problems and pain in the future. The same goes for romantic relationships. You may find yourself in a relationship that is not healthy for either party. Be brave enough to end something that needs to end. Stand up for yourself and protect your heart the best you can.

Lastly, I want you to believe in yourself. You have a habit of doubting your own abilities and letting minuscule things like one bad test grade get you incredibly down. You do not need to do this to yourself. You are smart, driven, and kind; don’t forget that. You have so many passions and the ability to do everything you desire. I know it can be hard to see that at times, especially when things just don’t seem to be going your way, but I want you to try your best to stay positive. You’ve got this.

Sincerely,

Your Future Self