(Anne, Chloe, Katie L., Katie S., Kelsey, Lindsey & Mikayla... this is for you!)
It was very lonely. It was 1987. No cell phones. No social media. No Netflix. Wahhhhh!
Fast forward two days later. I had fun on the retreat and made a new friend. I met three girls on my floor that were juniors (they had lots of survival tips). My roommate wasn't bad. The girls next door were nice. College was much less lonely!
The most terrifying thing to do in your life is something new. Something unknown. I think you are all really brave for heading to new towns on your own to follow your dreams!
I couldn't write a blog post for you COLLEGE ladies without giving some advice. I know you
- Don't spend the whole year in your dorm room. Leave your door open when you're up for some socializing. Talk with people at the sinks and in the food lines. Be yourself - you will make lots of friends!
- GO TO CLASS, even when you're too tired, too crabby, too uninterested. I got a B in Introduction to Anthropology by going to class, taking minimal notes and doing the Northern Star crossword puzzle each lecture.
- Join a club, organization, sport or group. If you don't love it, pick something else, but try to be involved on campus or in the community. It will make the college experience more worthwhile!
- Get a pretty planner and write down your assignments, tests, and projects.
(My lack of organization still bites me in the a** on a regular basis. You will excel at this!)
- Enjoy yourselves. Really. Most adults would go back to the college years in a New York minute. Many of us moms are SUPER jealous and want to live vicariously through you. But we promise not to. This is your turn.
Be careful, have fun, and love every minute of these years, even when it gets tough. We (moms, dads, friends, siblings, former teachers) are ALL here for you. Just text/call/write when you need something (read: I will send you chocolate). We understand you have lots of mixed feelings on an hourly basis.
Dear College Girls, you WILL be AWESOME!
Kid President knows it! We know it, too!