Dear 18-year-old me,
The next four years are going to be some of the best yet. You will meet new friends, gain new perspectives and come out the other side stronger. Your confidence will grow because you will surround yourself with the most loyal and loving group of friends. Yes, there will be hard times and you will have weeks where you think there is no way you are going to get everything done. Luckily, it is all worth it in the end and you will have a degree to show for that.
Now that these college years are quickly coming to an end, I am happy to say I have made the most of my time here at Auburn. It is hard to regret any of the decisions I have made because I know that without these decisions I would not be who I am today. Although I do not regret many things over these past years, here is some advice for my 18-year-old self:
Don’t be afraid to get involved
Freshmen year is a tough adjustment. You are going to be thrown a lot of information and responsibilities all at once. It is okay to feel overwhelmed, but work hard to balance your social and school life. Try out for organizations, even if you think you won’t get it. Any practice with interviewing is helpful.
Make time for yourself
Trying to please everyone is going to be exhausting and not worth it. Instead of worrying about making it to every social gathering, remember to do what is right for you. Sometimes you just need a night in, even if you have FOMO (fear of missing out), a night to yourself will be better for you in the long run.
Travel to away games
One of the best parts of football season is road trips to away games. Although it is fun to have the home field advantage away games will be some of the best memories you will leave college with. Even if the weekend is a disaster, it will make you appreciate Auburn even more (especially Tuscaloosa).
Don’t stress yourself out over things you can’t control
It is okay to not know what you want to do with your life. Although you will struggle with this throughout college remember that you will figure it out. Your major will challenge you and guide you to your passion. You have your whole life to figure out what you want to do. I know everyone around you will act like they know exactly what they want to do with their lives, trust me, they don’t. Graduating from college and not having the perfect post graduation plan is normal. Don’t let the unknown take away from these years you can never get back. Although this is cliché, it will all work out.
Last but not least, DO NOT leave the Auburn-UGA game.
Your friends will never let you live this down. But hey, at least you were there for the Iron Bowl.