A Letter from a Senior to a Freshmen

Dearest Freshmen,

I’m very excited for you. I see you walk around with hope and enthusiasm in your eyes and I think back to my freshman year when I was like you. Back then, the possibilities of life seemed endless. I could be whoever I wanted to be and start over. College was going to be MY time and I decided I was going to make the most of it. From where I’m standing right now as a senior, I truly feel as if the last three years shaped who I am today. With four months left to graduate, I feel as if I’ve accumulated some ounces of wisdom that I’d love to share with you.

Don’t be afraid to say hello to people in the elevators, chances are they want to say hello but are hesitating as well. Smile at everyone you pass by, college is it’s own little bubble and even a big school can feel smaller once you start to recognize people. Join student organizations. My freshmen year, I was so nervous about making friends and it all changed once I started actively getting involved on campus. 

Related: 10 Things I Learned from My Freshman Year of College

A lot of people hope to find “the one” in college but find YOURSELF first. Take time to be truly single if you choose. My last three years have been a journey of truly learning to love and accept myself. But at the same time, go on dates and have fun. Give people a chance, even if they don’t seem like your type! Also, make use of the free counseling resources offered!

Aside from that, get comfortable with being ALONE. Alone does not equal being lonely. Spend time with yourself, eat alone at a dining hall, study alone at Starbucks. Before coming to college, I thought it was sad to do things by myself but I learned in college that not everyone needs to be around you all the time. 

Everything that happens your freshman year isn’t going to be your next four years at college. Friends change, organizations change, classes change, majors change… get comfortable with change and be happy that your current situation isn’t your final destination. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Whether it be a professor, your resident advisor or counseling resources. Also, carry pepper spray around with you late at night. No matter how safe college nights seem, things unfortunately happen.

Make mistakes, take lots of pictures and try your best to enjoy these next few years. Next thing you know, you’ll be helping freshmen move in as a senior. Know that everything is going to be okay. I’m rooting for you and sending positive vibes your way.

Lots of love and hugs,

A nostalgic senior