Dear students,

1933187_10208531934399922_4119089662507764177_oSchool just started. I know this isn’t news to you, and the reminder probably is making you grumble and roll your eyes. Just know that you’re waking up early and trudging to class for a reason. You may forget what that reason is, especially after a professor shows up with a pop quiz or tells you your first exam is next week, I mean come one, we just started. But try to remind yourself why you’re there. Whether it’s high school or college, you’re learning and you have this opportunity that so many people will never have.

Take advantage of the resources given to you. Used books, bus schedules, coffee. Drink that coffee. 

College is a time to learn about yourself. Figure out who you are, what you believe in, what you care about. Explore the world, experiment and question what you’ve been taught. Don’t lose your hold on your past and your roots, but don’t hold them so tight that you can’t reach for anything else.

Don’t forget about your family. If you’re so blessed to have loving family or friends waiting for you back home, give them a call. I know you’re busy, you think you have nothing to say, you’ll see them in a month anyways, but seriously, pick up your handy dandy cell phone and click call. It will make their day, and maybe yours as well.

Study. I’m serious, study.

Don’t let anyone tell you that your major is worthless. It’s not.

I’m proud of you, whether I know you or not, I’m proud. And you can do this.


A student who may or may not have any idea what she is talking about.

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