Dear upcoming freshmen girls:
Can I be you again? With graduation coming up soon, this week consists of many "lasts" for me. Last week of classes, being a member of my campus organizations, writing these articles, etc. When did that happen? I feel as if I just packed up my bags and headed to Auburn, Ala., to begin my college career. During my four years at Auburn University I laughed, I cried, I passed, I failed, I became me, and I wish I could do it all over again. I'm an almost college graduate, so I'm totally credible to give freshman advice now...right? Take my advice to heart or ignore it all. Just whatever you do, be you.
- Buckle up because this is about to be the greatest adventure of your life.
- Start over. You're a brand "new" person in college. Majority of the people you interact with won't know your past, so be a "new" you if you want.
- Jump right into an organization. Join one, join ten - just find one that best fits you.
- If you join a sorority be sure to keep an open mind throughout recruitment. You'll end up exactly where you need to be.
- Talk to your family at least once a week. They started to miss you the second they dropped you off.
- Be kind to everyone you meet.
- Freshman year is basically a slumber party every night, so become best friends with your roommate and celebrate your birthday at midnight - even if your suitemates complain.
- Don't close the elevator on people in your dorm. You'll awkwardly encounter them a hundred times later.
- Study. Even though some classes don't directly connect to your major, your freshman grades will never go away.
- Become friends with people in your classes. You'll thank yourself later when you need to ask someone a question about the homework.
- Love your major. If you don't, change it and find something that you are passionate about. This will greatly help you when you spend 34,892 hours working on your senior project.
- Think about your career goals early. The threshold to the professional real world is a lot closer than you think.
- Take photos of everything.
- But be sure to keep your Facebook photos clean or else in three years you'll waste 6 hours of your life deleting a million photos.
If something goes wrong such as you fail a test or a boy doesn't invite you to his date party - it's not the end of the world. Stand up straight, put on some lipstick and carry on.
If you get upset just know that much better things are around the corner.
If that doesn't help then blare the song "Just Around the Riverbend." It's pretty inspirational.
Stand up for others.
- Order late night pizza.
- But also run or do Jillian Michaels workout in your room. Even though your neighbors might complain that you sound like a stomping elephant, you'll be a healthy stomping elephant.
- Go on a blind date. You might meet your Prince Charming, but you also might come away with a funny "OMG this one time on a date..." story.
- Go to athletic events, even if you don't know anything about the sport - you'll learn.
- Keep up with your hair. Yes, it's depressing your favorite hair stylist is miles away back at home, but find someone in your college town to cut those nasty ends.
- Don't get a spray tan. You will regret it when you look orange in your formal pictures.
- Don't be afraid to raise your hand and speak out in class.
- Take time to think about what you want out of this great thing called life.
- Keep in mind that all your actions have consequences.
- Stay in touch with your high school friends. It can be hard, but it's worth it especially when you want someone to laugh with when you awkwardly run into a high school ex.
- Do not tweet every five seconds about pointless random things. All your non-freshmen friends will think your tweets are nuts.
- Visit other colleges. You'll fall in love with your own school even more.
- Start creating your resume. Even if you just have one item on it, you'll be thankful you have a template when you dust it off a year (or two) later.
- Always stay up until 3 a.m. to watch a royal wedding in England.
- Start thinking about grad school now, if that's an option for you.
- Don't have FOMO or "fear of missing out." It's a dumb trend.
- Sitting on twin beds with your roomie watching Titanic can be just as fun as a night out on the town.
- Break outside of your comfort zone.
- Network now. This will help you so much when you are about to graduate.
- Actually talk to your teachers. Contrary to popular belief, they're really nice and helpful.
- Go to a concert in your college town. You might end up sitting next to the band at dinner and becoming friends with them.
- It's OK to be an outfit repeater.
- Do an internship and/or study abroad.
- Act like a tourist in your college town for a day.
- Don't call your mother's Christmas sweaters that you borrowed "tacky."
- Road trip to your friend's hometowns. Not only will you get lots of free meals, but you'll also see funny baby pictures of them.
- Don't be afraid to eat alone in the cafeteria. I promise you don't look like a loser.
- Leggings aren't pants outside of the university gates, unfortunately.
- Wear whatever you want to class. Whether that's Lilly Pulitzer, all black or Nike shorts and a XL t-shirt, be you.
- Thank your parents or grandparents or whoever for helping you get to where you are.
- Have fun. It's the time of your life, and it goes by in a flash.
- If you thought freshmen year was great, just you wait.
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