As I enter my senior year at Troy, I can’t help but be jealous of all the incoming freshmen. You’ve all just left high school (finally!) and you’re getting a fresh start.
Believe me when I say that you’ll find your first year here to be the most eye-opening and amazing experience you’ve ever had.
If I could go back in time, there are a lot of things I wish someone had told me when I was a freshman. But I’d say the number one thing I wish I had known was how much of an impact these four years would have on me.
The thing is, you learn things about yourself and experience things at college that you simply can’t get anywhere else. It’s the one place where you can actually function in that middle ground between adulthood and the “I just want to have fun” attitude of teenagers and 20-somethings.
Take the time to appreciate everything you do here. If I could go back and do anything, I would have given 100 percent for everything I invested my time in.
Spend time with your friends as much as possible. Go out and make new friends; this university is full of people and that random kid in your class could turn out to be your best friend one day.
Also, I wish someone had convinced me how much my friends would change over the years. I never wanted to accept that, but when you’re looking back on your time in college, you’ll find that your group of friends will have changed dramatically from your freshman year on. And that’s completely okay.
As boring as it sounds, give your all in your classes. There are so many people in this world who don’t even get offered the chance to get an education, so it’s an honor to get that opportunity.
I also recommend becoming a “yes” person. Now, I don’t mean you should say yes if someone asks you to commit a crime or go streaking through the campus (unless that’s your thing, of course). But give opportunities and people a chance.
One day, it’s not going to be an option anymore. So take this time to do everything you’re not going to be able to once you venture into the “real” world.