1. There’s a way to balance doing well in school and a having a social life. Sometimes it will mean staying in on a Friday night, and sometimes it will mean sleeping in through an 8 a.m. class.
2. There’s nothing scarier yet more exciting than the freedom that is college. It’s easy to get overwhelmed but a few phone calls home will always keep you grounded.
3. Leaving High School doesn’t mean leaving the ‘popular kids’ and in-class cliques. However, it should mean that you’ve found peace with who you are and where you fit in.
4. In the end, it may cost more money to pursue a degree you don’t want than it would to drop out and reconsider your path. On a similar note, there’s a stigma to taking a ‘year off’, but that could be exactly what you need before making such a big decision.
5. Despite what we’re told, college isn’t the time to discover yourself. It’s the time to push your limits, find your strengths and experiment with who you are. Chances are, you won’t find true clarity until after you graduate.
6. It’ll take hard work and will-power, but there’s a way to beat the work load or overload, just don’t procrastinate. Ever. Okay maybe once. Or twice.
7. There may be a day when you look at your pictures from college and not remember more than 3 names. Fortunately, those whose names you do remember, have the ability to be life long friends if you let them.
8. There’s a balance between your home life and college life. It may take time to figure this out, but learning to maintain all relationships will make things easier when you need an escape from either world.
9. The ‘poor college student’ stereotype is not far from false. Spend the summer prior to college building a budget that can withstand your school and social needs. You’ll quickly learn than textbooks and food are the biggest money grab.
10. Just like High School, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll countdown the days until you graduate. But, don’t ever let these years pass you by .You’ll never have an experience like college again so enjoy every minute, every second, every cloudy memory you get from it.
with love, k