I remember when I sat down with Lori (our Director of Admissions) a few years ago for an interview for blogging. I was so nervous and I wanted give others advice and insight on college. I still remember when I received the email (on my phone, in the Fournier lounge) about becoming a blogger. I was overjoyed. I also remember when my first post went up on 75acres still overjoyed and excited about how I can finally share my life to readers.
That was Spring 2010.
Now it is Spring 2013.
I am senior. It is still surreal to me how 4 of the best years zoomed by and I am left with memories. Wonderful memories of friends and adventure. It’s surreal looking back at posts from when I started, and realizing that this blog is like a journal keeping snippets of my life. These 4 years really have been the best 4 years of my life yet, and this time next week I will be having my last night as an undergrad. These 4 years have left me with so much insight, so I am going to leave you with some advice for your college experience.
- Be selfish. You have no responsibilities: just your grades, essentially. This maybe the only time you can be selfish. Do what makes you happy.
- Go to class. Seriously. Just go.
- Take lots of pictures. Literally annoy everyone on your newsfeeds with all the pictures you take. They are the best way to capture the moments that will forever make you smile.
- Go with your gut. You are going to be faced with a lot of choices in the 4 years. You need to be comfortable with these choices and if doesn’t feel right, there is a great chance it isn’t right.
- Don’t fight at night. it can always wait till the morning.
- Do what makes you happy. If it’s not making you happy, then it is not worth it.
- Communicate. To your friends, to your RA, professors, employers, and really anyone. They are almost always willing to listen.
- Get a quote board. This isn’t as seriously as all the other ones, but this is one of the best investments that my roommates and I made. All you need is a poster, tape, markers, and memories. Hang the poster up in an easily accessible place. Next, anything that you, your roommates, or frankly ANYONE said that made you laugh, smile, or chuckle; write it on the board. Sometime, quotes are too good to forget. A quote board makes it easier to remember. Plus, it is great to read on a tough day.
- Appreciate everything. Find the good in things; the bad things can bring you down.
- Get involved. Seriously. The more involved you are, the more friends you meet, the more your name is out there in a positive light, the more people can depend on you, and the more fun you will have. I got involved pretty fast at CHC and I never stopped. I have met so many kind people and I have felt like I have done something in my 4 years here.
- Don’t rush. Please. There is no need rush into anything.
- Breathe. Things will get hectic so just remember to breathe.
- Laugh as much as you can.
- Live life to the fullest.
- Be the best person you can be.
- Don’t change yourself, be yourself. A friend of mine said that to me and it has really stuck with me.
- If you have an idea, go with it. This is the best time to do that.
- Life happens in the 4 years here whether you like it or not. Death, accidents, sickness, etc. occurs. Be strong and reach out to others for guidance. Everyone is here for you and if you need anything all you need to do is ask (I think Dumbledore said that).
- Get quarters. Lots of them.
- Expand your horizons. be friends with different people and get involved in different things. Who knows, maybe you will just find something you are passionate about.
- Volunteer. It gives you a different perspective on things, and you might help someone who needs you as much as you might need them. Own that holistic education!
- Something my Dad says about food, but hey, it can apply to life “Try it, you may like it. If you don’t like it, at least you tried.”
- Be the friend that you want to have to someone else.
- Have fun. Please have so much fun.
- …With great fun comes responsibility. Be safe.
- Get an agenda. They are worth every penny.
- Go to decorating night.
- Stay up for all of decorating night. It’s the best.
- Things will get better.
- Enjoy the little things (Zombieland reference).
- Keep in contact with your friends.
- Ask for help.
- Embrace life. Every move, every conversation, every breath.
Thanks for everything CHC! Thank you for making me a better person.