(Sing the title like Elton John sings it in ”Goodbye Yellow Brickroad” by Elton John to give it some drama.)
It blows my mind to realize that I’m already a year into my college experience. They say time flies, but this is crazy. I remember how scared I was during move-in, wondering all the things freshmen do. Would I fit in, miss home too much, get my head devoured by Big Red? So much has happened, and I could give advice for days, but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.
There are so many opportunities here if you take advantage of them. Don’t get so caught up in making perfect grades that you forget to have fun. This is especially important for you Honors College freshmen. Earning a 4.0 would be great, but if you stay holed up in your room studying 24/7, you’re wasting the chance to meet people and experience life away from home. You will meet people in the first few weeks of class who you think will be your “group” for the rest of the year. Some of these people stay and some fade away, and that’s ok because there are more friends to be made. Also, remember less is more. Especially when you’re trying to move everything out and wondering how in the world you’ll be able to fit a microwave, half the clothes you own, and all the other junk that’s accumulated into your two-seat car, and procrastinating doing it by writing about it. This is a true story about me, by the way.
I’ve been so blessed this year to find friends I now consider family. WKU feels like home to me now, at least for the next few years. The best way to sum it up is to quote Douglas Adams, “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
I know, I know, you’re so inspired, right? It’s been fun posting my thoughts on the internet like it’s my job, so a big thanks to all my readers (here’s looking at you, Mom). I hope everyone has a great summer and, to all you freshmen out there, good luck next year!