Cheers to new beginnings!

You are about to leave your old life behind. The new one offers infinite promise. The best thing about leaving your hometown is that if you were a nerd in high school, you can still become a really cool guy in college. This almost never happens, but… you know, exceptio est strictissimae interpretationis. You might be the exception.

You should remember that everyone is nervous. Lots of your new peers are probably way more nervous than you are. That’s a comforting thought, right? Be confident and outgoing. I know, that’s easier said than done. Talk to people, ask where they’re from, make jokes, smile with all your heart… and teeth! If you happen to say something really inappropriate or have something stuck between your teeth, just remember that the people you hang out with at the beginning don’t remain your good friends throughout college. My advice for you: just keep messing up until you find the ones who appreciate your inappropriate jokes.

High school and college. Apples and oranges. In high school, the teachers tended to lead you through all the homework and due dates. Not anymore, mate! In college, the professors expect you to be prepared at the end of the semester. That’s about it. They don’t really care if you get drunk every night and skip that 8 a.m. class. The final exam will tell if you’ve wasted your time or found a magic way to combine alcohol and intense studying. Let’s face it, in high school, you were able to finish all your homework in one night. In college, studying for a final exam in one night is a near-to-impossible feat. I suggest buying an organizer, using an app, or getting a big Grumpy cat wall calendar that makes you feel guilty every time you look at it. Whatever it takes.

High school allows you to gain a sense of what it will be like to be an adult. On the other hand, college allows you to fully take ownership of your time, responsibilities and the person you want to become. That is both a blessing and a curse. Your goal (for instance, becoming a lawyer) might seem a very long way off right now, but remember that time flies and much of what we do in life is habitual. Develop good habits to support your goals. Forget about “it’s never too late”. “It’s never too early” is the new thing, so don’t use being a freshman as an excuse.

Last but not least, if you have new colored clothes, wash colors separately from whites the first few times you wear them. You’re welcome. Cheers!

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