Unconventional Advice for the College-Bound

  • Dye your hair a weird color.  Buy clothes that feel good.  Unless you become self-employed, these are the only four years of your life without a dress code.
  • Take a long trip with your best friend.  If you can’t afford it now, see if you can save for one between junior and senior year.  After you graduate (again), you’ll have jobs you can’t get away from.  They may not even be your best friend any more.  Enjoy them now.
  • Apply for the Disney College Program.  Just do it.
  • DON’T skip class to nap.  DO skip class to celebrate your birthday, attend a private performance of a famous songwriter, or attend a one-time event on or off campus.  Priorities, people.
  • Pay attention to drop dates.  They are your friends.
  • Do that thing you’re scared to do.
  • Talk to that person you’re afraid to talk to.
  • College is a big adjustment.  Don’t be ashamed if you need some psychological help.  Most campuses offer it for free.  Take advantage!  I’m really glad I did.
  • Starbucks is good, but make sure you know where the great, local coffee is.
  • When you drink, make sure you stay with someone you trust.  Don’t drive.  Call for help if you need it.  You won’t get in trouble and it may save your life.  Likewise, TAKE CARE OF YOUR FRIENDS.
  • Go to home games, even if you’re not a sports fan.  That’s your team!  Be proud of them.
  • In four years (hell, in one year), you are going to be a completely different person than you are right now.  Some people will not like that person.  Fuck them.  You have to be happy with you.  As long as you aren’t hurting anyone…you do you, booboo.
  • It’s okay if you don’t know what that means.  No one your age does.  No one my age (23) does.  I’m guessing our parents’ generation doesn’t either.  If you can figure out some of the pieces, that’s plenty.
  • Take a deep breath.  Take another.  Everything will be okay.
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