Dear 2014 Michelle,
You’re about to enter what will probably be one of the most important time periods of your life. No pressure. I know everyone says this as well, but just because it’s so important doesn’t mean you have to be afraid or intimidate. College is going to be stressful, irritating, lonely, heartbreaking, fun, and fulfilling all wrapped up in one. You’ll finally be able to start discovering who you are, your likes and dislikes, and how to live your best life.
The biggest, most important tip I can give you is to not overthink it. Don’t spend all your time studying because, believe it or not, that’s not all college is about. Have fun. Join clubs. Go to parties. Get drunk (responsibly of course). Meet new people. Kiss the cute boy. Skip a class or two – but not too many because those things are like six hundred bucks a pop. Do something you’ve never done before. You might love it or you might hate it but at least you’ll know.
College is that time in your life where you are independent enough to be able to make you own mistakes but not so independent that you’ll be left to clean them up by yourself. So take advantage of that. Make all your mistakes now because there’s little room for them in life after college.
While you are having fun and living it up, don’t forget that you are there to learn and expand your knowledge. And I don’t just mean by going to class. Of course academic learning is important; but non-academic knowledge is just as important for life after college. Make sure you learn how to “adult”. Figure out how to do taxes, how to buy/rent a car, how to get and pay for insurance, and how to budget. Trust me when I say that those are the some of the most necessary skills in life.
Through all of this, don’t forget the people who have made this adventure possible. Your family. Whether you go away to college or you’re just a drive away from your house, don’t forget to keep in constant communication with your family. They’re the ones that have always been and will always be there for you. Show your appreciation for them. Don’t grumble when they ask you to come home. Savour the time that you have left to see them frequently because sooner or later, that will no longer be possible and you will miss it.
Have fun in the land of the millennials. I’ll see you on the other side.