Ok friends, first of all, I want you to know it nearly 1:00 in the morning and I am just now beginning to write this post.  Interesting things happen at one am.  Like deep talk, weird snack cravings, and laughing at a solid brick wall for no real reason.

Today, tonight, this morning, or whatever, we’re gonna get into some deep talk.  If I start laughing at a wall, I’ll be sure to not let you know so you can take this post seriously.  Because you definitely should.  I’m sitting on a pile of raw honesty here, folks.  I’m not about to sugar coat anything.

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Let’s get started.

  1. You’re going to need some super comfy clothes.

Seriously.  Find some cute but comfy tops and yoga pants that you’re willing to wear to lecture.  Don’t be afraid to lower your standards at clearance sales.  Future you is about to wear those clothes to bed so they don’t have to change in the morning for their nine am.  Oh, and by the way, if you think you’re above that, you’re not.  Also, you’re going to be a freshman next year sweetie, aren’t you?

  1. Don’t let imposter syndrome happen.

I still make this mistake.  I look around me and think, “Wow.  I’m an idiot.  Everyone here is smarter and better than me and I don’t belong here.”  I am in my school’s honor society, dear reader, and I still think this.  So I don’t care how hard math is, or how much difficulty you’re having with that stupid paper.  I don’t care if you have trouble getting all the sleep you need at first, because college is tough.  Just remind yourself that you do belong there, and that you’re not wearing a mask.  It’s just you, being braver and tougher and smarter than you ever imagined possible.

  1. Don’t buy textbooks until after the prof emails you or until the first day of class.

Seriously.  Professors need to pull it together.  You walk into class thinking you need one thing, and leave with a brand new agenda.  Don’t waste money.

  1. Allow yourself to be enchanted with your classes.

Make your education amazing.  You have that power.  Other students aren’t quite like you.  They don’t appreciate the class material; they don’t drink in knowledge and think about class after class.  But you can.  It doesn’t make you an uncool nerd.  It makes you an interesting person, and if you are this way you will encounter other interesting people.  And they might end up being someone that really just gets you.

  1. Every time you’re scared, give yourself a pat on the back.

Don’t beat yourself up for being nervous!  It means that you’re stepping out of your personal bubble.  It means that you’re gaining new experiences.  It means that you’re doing amazingly well, because life cannot be spent all alone in a little bubble.

  1. Pizza has few nutritional benefits but if you’re going to get one, get a big one.

I once purchased a medium-sized pizza for me, myself, and I.  I had dinner for like four days and it didn’t cost much more than a small pizza. So order quite a large pizza and don’t share when food is low and finals are coming.

  1. Don’t take advice from me.

Jeez, I ate pizza every day for like a week during finals.  I know how to budget pizza better than my checkbook.

  1. Disregard 7.

I read over my advice and I decided that it’s pretty much legit, except for 7.  And 6 I’m on the fence about, but like, I’m keeping it because I don’t make great decisions past like, noon.

So that’s all I got for you folks. I’m going to go to bed.  Well, I’m going to go forage for snacks.  But after that I’ll probably stare at my phone for a little while, and then lay in bed and start thinking about something really profound, like world hunger or Cheez-its.  And then I’ll likely drift off to sleep at some point.

Also you should like, comment, and follow my blog or whatever.  Cheers!

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