An Open Letter To Incoming College Freshmen


This past weekend, I moved into my first apartment. I don’t know how time has gone by so fast.

It feels like yesterday I was moving into UD for my freshmen year. But then my Timehop reminds me that in reality, that was two years ago.

In some weird way, I’m upset that I’m a junior. I don’t care that I’m an upper classmen or that soon enough I’ll be able to go to the bars on Main Street.

Every year, seniors reminisce on their time at college, and as a junior, I’m now in that mindset too.

I am halfway done with my college career and that scares the shit out of me.

Freshmen year is a way to find yourself. Don’t like who you were in high school? Not a problem. Besides the handful of people you may know at your school, no one else knows you. College allows you to reinvent yourself. Now is the time to discard who you were in high school and find yourself.

When you get to school, don’t be afraid to try something new.

Now is the time to step outside of your comfort zone. Sit with someone you don’t know at a floor meeting or in the dining hall. Sign up for a club with a friend or two. Don’t limit yourself to all that is available.

With no parents or supervision around, you get the opportunity for truly the first time to make decisions on your own behalf. Don’t be afraid to do something that high school you wouldn’t do.

Along the way, you might end up doing some regrettable things. Come morning, you might be thinking, “What the hell did I do last night?” Don’t fret it. Everyone even dear old mom and dad have had those moments. Every college student has had those moments.

Contrary to popular belief, it is okay to get into a little bit of trouble, besides it makes for a great story!

Remember that school is important too. Even though your mom is not there to constantly pester you about doing your homework, you still need to do it.

No one will be upset if you don’t do well at first. Your first semester is a time of adjustment. Don’t feel ashamed or bad if you decide to switch your major, most freshmen come in undecided anyway.

Most importantly, enjoy yourself. Don’t let anyone – boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, get in the way of your happiness. Go out there and find yourself. Make your college experience on that you’ll never forget.

One day, you’ll be ancient and decrepit a junior like me and longing for the days of freshmen year.

Go with the flow and enjoy where each day takes you. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way into the real world, so make the best of your college experience.