Dear Freshman Year Me…

It’s truly hard to believe that my time at Auburn is coming to an end. It seems like just yesterday I was moving into Hollifield Hall and getting ready to discover the new and unknown world of college. There are so many things I would love to be able to tell my freshman year self: advice, things to look forward to, and thinks to watch out for.

1. Don’t worry, you will make amazing friends.

I know it’s scary coming to a school where you only know one person (that ex-boyfriend who won’t be named), but you’re going to meet so many new people as long as you’re willing to put yourself out there. There may be a time where you low-key invite yourself over to a girl’s apartment to watch a football game, but don’t feel weird about it because she becomes one of your best friends.

2. If there’s something you want, go after it.

This is not the time to be timid. Apply/interview for every organization and position that you’re interested in, and don’t ever let “but what if I don’t get it?” stop you. I can tell you right now there are some things you won’t get, but don’t get discouraged. This is just making room for the organizations you will become a part of, and trust me, you won’t want it any other way in the end.

3. Say yes as much as you can.

If you’re ever debating whether or not you should go out with your friends on a week night (I know this won’t be a debate very often, but just go with it), the only valid reason to not go is if you have a HUGE test the next day (seriously go study). This is the only time in your life when it’s socially acceptable to go out more nights of the week than you stay in, so take advantage of it while you can and have so much fun. I know you will.

4. Don’t ever let a boy make you feel like you’re not worth it.

So you thought high school boys were dumb? Trust me, they don’t get much better in college. You’re going to meet so many new guys, and while some of them  (definitely not all of them) are great guys, that doesn’t mean they’re going to be great for you. Just know your worth, don’t forget it, and don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself.

5. Call Mom.

Seriously. She misses you. Also, answer her texts in a timely manner. She’s going to start to think your dead in a ditch and will probably consider calling the cops.

6. Finally, know that you’re stronger than you realize.

You are capable of so much greatness, and you’re currently on the way to achieving it. There are going to be rough times, times when you think college isn’t worth it and you’d rather go back to being a hostess in Florida. Know that it is worth it, and you will make it through. You’ll make it through the test weeks from hell and everything else that’s put in your way. You may have the doctor tell you once that you’re mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted and that you need to cut something out because you’re doing to much, but you won’t listen, and you’ll push through it all.

You’re going to make mistakes. It’s inevitable. But trust me, I don’t regret any of them because they all helped me learn and grow (even the really messy ones – you’ll understand when you get there).

I was originally so upset to be a junior/senior because I was “old” and “totally wasn’t going to have as much fun as my first two years,”  but it was the complete opposite. Get ready for some amazing adventures with all of your friends, especially senior year (NOLA and an insane spring break trip may be a possibility).

Enjoy this while it lasts because it will go fast. Just know that your Auburn experience is going to be the most amazing one you can possibly imagine, and know that I loved it so much that I definitely cried while writing this.


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