A Letter To My Future Self Before College Graduation

A Letter To My Future Self Before College Graduation

From my current, freshman year self.

To the older (and hopefully more mature) me:

It's crazy to think that as I sit here writing this I'm almost done my first year of college. When I was little, people who were in college always seemed incredibly old to me, and now here you are about to graduate.

I think I have it all figured out right now - majors, minors, what I want to do with my life. Yet, I'm also pretty confident that whatever you're pursuing after graduation is probably completely different from what I expect. Whatever it is, I hope you love it.

I've had a pretty memorable freshman year - complete with a break trip to Costa Rica and a national championship - so I have no doubt that you've made even more incredible memories in your time here.

Just a few months ago, I was still nervous I hadn't made the right choice. I had high hopes, but I also knew it was hard to tell what a school is really like before even getting there. However, I don't think I ever could've predicted how much I love it here. I hope you still love it just as much as I do (and probably even more). I know you're probably sad to see it go, but I'm excited for you to move on to even bigger and better things.

I hope you got to try everything you wanted to do. I think I've gotten a good start on it - I've gotten involved in things I didn't expect to, taken classes I never thought I would, and met people I never would've met otherwise - and I hope that continued throughout your time in college. Once you're gone there's no going back, although I'm pretty sure you're more than aware of that.

I have some exciting travel plans in the near future, like a trip to NYC with my family and a trip to Galway with my best friends. I hope they both ended up being amazing trips you still look back on fondly. I hope you've gotten even more opportunities to travel to amazing places that I never thought I would see.

It's crazy to think that Sarah graduates in a few weeks, and as you're rereading this you're the same age your older sister is currently. She seems so old and mature, and now you're (hopefully) in a similar place.

Good luck in the real world!


Your freshman self

Cover Image Credit: Emily Scheuring

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.


As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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Seniors, This Is Officially The Year For You To THRIVE, It's Now Or Never

It's our last time that we are truly allowed to be crazy, stupid kids.


College. The best four (or more) years of your life. Filled with football games, tailgates, nights you will (or will not) remember, Quad sitting, classes and late night Cookout. You will gain the freshman 15 and then spend the rest of your three years at the gym, getting into shape because you only get a free gym membership for four years. It's the time to grow and find yourself and make those lifelong friends who will be your bridesmaids or groomsmen and who you will still keep in touch with when you're well into your 40s and 50s. You get to live with your best friends who are inevitably your second best support system, right after your family.

It's also a time of learning from your mistakes whether that be a romantic or sexual partner, a class that you thought you could handle but ultimately failed, or changing your major three times, the list goes on. But before you know it, it's your senior year and once you walk across that stage in the spring, you're officially an adult and out in the ~real world~.

So if you're a senior, make this year the year you THRIVE. The other night, one of my roommate's and I were in absolute shambles. After we were done crying, I officially declared that this is the year to peak and not to cry over people or things that we will ultimately get over in time. It's our last rodeo and we should go out with a bang! So we did what every girl does when they want to start fresh: we made a bucket list. Specifically, a senior bucket list. Our official list of things we must do before we get our diplomas. This includes but is not limited to: Quad bricks, tunnels, not getting suspended and graduating on time. Wish us luck.

Personally, I'm already feeling nostalgic for this year. It's our last year of "firsts." Our last first day of classes, our last first thirsty Thursday, our last first dance concert of the year (I'm a dance major so these things are important)... and then there are going to be our last "lasts." This is where the tears are really going to flow. Our last time going through a rush week, our last time going to class, our last time going to a thirsty Thursday and it being socially acceptable to drink on a weekday, our last time with a free gym membership, our last year using those student discounts, our last FROG/Sylly week... It's our last time that we are truly allowed to be crazy, stupid kids before we enter the workforce.

So go ahead. Run an extra mile at the gym, go out on a Thursday, tell that someone that you like them, attend every football game, and really soak in everything your university has to offer because this is the last chance before you're officially done and considered alumni. Make this year YOUR year.

Let's go, class of 2019! Once more for the mems!

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