Dear 18-year-old Sarah,
Congratulations! You’ve just graduated high school with honors and the whole world is before you. You’re probably thinking that after today, it will be the first day of the rest of your life and from here on out, it’s a fast track to maturity and finding yourself. You’re excited, and maybe a little bit scared, but that doesn’t matter because soon, you’ll be out of the house.
However, before you get started on your adventure, there are a few things I’d like you to know. Don’t worry, though. You’ll turn out just fine.
- Your first night at college, you’ll regret it. It will be too hot and you’ll be convinced that nobody likes you. Including your roommate who will become your best friend.
- Your roommate will become your best friend.
- That 100-level Biology class will be the theorized end of you. You will almost come to tears while studying for tests. You’ll make it.
- You will discover halfway through your first semester that you want to be a Religion minor. Run with it.
- You probably won’t find your husband at orientation. Quit looking.
- You won’t always have a blazing, fiery passion for wanting to be a secondary grades teacher like you did in high school. Prepare for moments of doubt.
- You will have a difficult time finding a church to attend. Yes, you will attend regularly, but it won’t be at the same place each Sunday.
- Prepare for moments of spiritual doubt. You might be high and mighty Christian now, but prepare to have a split second of questioning here and there.
- You will fantasize about graduate school and getting 5 degrees and winning the Nobel Prize for literature.
- You will be too hard on yourself and get headaches. Pack some Tylenol. And lastly…
- Life hasn’t even started yet. The first day of the rest of your life has not yet come. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
I know, the list is awkward. But, you will find out that I am right and you will thank me later. You’ll meet some great people, great professors, and become a totally different person while remaining the same. Even better, one day you might start a blog.
PS- Don’t print out a syllabus because the professor posts it on Moodle. Odds are, he or she will bring hard copies to class. Save your print money.