Dear Emily,You are probably sitting at your desk right now trying your best to stay focused in another boring history class.  I know how much you hate history.Right now you are about to make probably one of the most influential decisions in your life.  Well, maybe not that big, but still pretty important.  Choosing a college is not something to take lightly.  It can make or break your experience, and a college experience is not something you will want to miss out on.  Now don’t stress to much, because I have faith that in the end, you’ll make the right decision.What you really need to think about is where you feel most at home.  Where can you walk onto campus and see yourself going to classes, hanging out with friends, experiencing your best life possible?  Where do you feel warm and welcomed, where do you fit in?  Don’t let yourself get caught up in where your friends are going, be your own person and make your own story.

Go somewhere where you can be your weird, spunky self.  Go somewhere where you can do what you love.  You love art, don’t go somewhere where you can’t have that.  Where do you feel like you will be challenged?  Where can see yourself being pushed beyond your limits, making you only stronger in the end? If you don’t exactly feel comfortable, that’s ok.  You need somewhere where you can be pushed to become better. I wish you could only know how happy you are going to be with your choice.

You are going to meet amazing people you never would have thought existed.  You are going to make some of the best friends of your life.  And get this one, you are going to join a sorority.  Yes, I said it, you are going to be a sorority girl no matter how much you may fight me on this one.  You are going to join and you are going to fall in love with it.  There are some pretty amazing girls in the sorority you’ll join, you’ll want to be just like them and follow in their footsteps.

You are going to grow.  You will grow so much.  You will be thrown curveballs, you will become very stressed and overwhelmed at times.  It isn’t going to be easy.  But, because you made the right choice, you will love every minute of it no matter how hard it will get.  You will have to work your butt off, but it will be worth it.

So Emily, take this advice.  Follow your heart, listen to your gut, be your own person.  You never may know where life will lead you, but I can promise you this:  It will be pretty amazing.



College Freshman Self

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