There are so many things I wish I could go back and tell my freshman self. I am so thankful for my experiences at Auburn University but with that, there also comes mistakes and things I wish I could do differently.
First things first, say yes to every opportunity you are given and work hard for what you want. Yes, this means study more! School is your top priority during the four years at Auburn. Studying for a test over binge watching Friends may seem boring but you will thank yourself later on when that knowledge is burned into your brain. Your GPA will thank you too! Keep all of these things in mind but also know when to give yourself a break to relax every now and then.
Second, get out of the house and try something new. Remember that there is a time to rest and a time to play, but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and do something you wouldn’t normally do. Say yes to ice cream at midnight after studying all day for that huge test tomorrow. You deserve it! Go out with your friends, go to more sporting events because you’ll miss those times when they are gone. Put down your phone and be present with those around you. You wont regret it when you are in the place I am now realizing that you wont be five feet away from your best friends. Reach out to people around you in your classes and become friends with people that are different from you. You never know what positive impact you could have on someones life.
Finally, enjoy your youth and the four years you are given at this wonderful university. You have NO CLUE what stress you are about to endure once senior year comes around and once you graduate college. Enjoy having time to go to the gym. Enjoy worrying about that biology test because after this the real world hits you and you have to worry about a 401K(what’s that? I still barely know), you will be wishing you could learn more about blood types and the human body. Enjoy the free time you have now because soon it will not be the same. Go to Toomer’s Corner and get an ice cream sandwich and some lemonade. You will miss fun things like that once you’re gone. You will never live this close in distance to all of your friends after college. Remember this and hold them close because once graduation comes and everyone is moving to different parts of the country you will be begging for one last sleepover with them.
When you feel like it is going to be the end of the world, don’t stress. It will all work out like it is supposed to. When you get to the point that I am at now you will look back and laugh at all those moments and realize how small they are. Be a good friend to everyone and most importantly strive to be the best person you can be. Now on to the real world! You got this girlfriend.