Dear Little Sister,
Its been a couple of weeks since fall term started, and now youre oneof the new freshman living in a tiny dorm, pulling all-nighters, getting in 20,000 steps a day of walking across campus and trying to figure out the rest of your life.
Taylor Swift couldnt have said it better: Youre happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time.
These next four years are going to be some of the most instrumental ones of your life, and I cant wait to see the person you grow into.
Im glad you went away it was time for you to experience new things, meet new people and take new chances. I admire your tenacity and your bravery, but like any big sister, I have somegood ole college advice for you. As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20.
Dont Let the Beginning Freak You Out
Where you are now is so much different than where youve been your whole life. You have a new kind of independence. Theresno one nagging you to do housework and the freedom to do what you want, when you want.
At first, all of this might make you feel invincible.But then, reality will set in. Youll realize your family is hours away, walking across campus to get a meal is annoying and the funds in your bank are limited. Dont let it ruin yourdream.These difficulties are all part of life and the process of starting college.
Youll grow to have a routine, youll get used to the distance from home, and maybe even grow an appreciation for it. Give yourself a week to feel homesick,then move on. There are so many amazing things and endless opportunities coming your way.
You Might Have to Make Some Sacrifices
Living on your own and having freedom is amazing, but staying disciplined is the reason youll succeed. Enjoy yourself, but dont forget the reason youre there.
Getting an education so you can be successful in life is the most important thing, and sometimes that means skipping a weeknight club function to finish your Econ notes, or staying in on a Friday night to study.
Sacrificing a few nights, or weekends, in dedication to your education doesnt mean your whole experience will suffer; it just means your studying reward might be Netflix instead of afrat party.
Take Care of Yourself!
Dont confuse discipline with overexertion. Between all the classes, tests, notes, projects and assignments, youre going to have to find time to give your brain a break.
Hit the gym to blow off some steam, find a quiet place to read or grab some froyo with a friend. Making time for yourself will keep you sane.
Try Not to Worry. Enjoy this Experience.
Every day isnt going to be easy, and sometimes youre going to question yourself onif youve made the right decisions. When youre having these moments, let yourself feel them then move forward. Dont stress too much about your homework and personal life, youll find a balance of work and play.
Try not to let little decisions rule your day. Eat that chocolate chip bagel with cream cheese for breakfast without worrying about the calories. (I know you want to.) Enjoy pizza with your friends, spend some time exploring the city and go to the football games.
Most Importantly, You Can Always Come to Me for Anything
Dont forget that Im just a text or a call away at any given time. Even though we have our differences, I wantto hear whats going on and I have a lot of advice to offer you.
Know that although you went to college on your own, you are never truly alone. Im proud of you, and Ill always be there as your big sister.