I don’t have any answers. In fact, the older I get, the more I realize how little I know. But, I know more than you! Do this:
- Focus. “Find yourself” after you graduate!
- Don’t chase money. The more you get, the more you spend; the more you spend, the more you need/want.
- If you’re good at it, chase your passion. If you’re good at it, the money will find you.
- Get and keep your scholarships.
- Live on campus. The experience can’t be replaced. Your socialization, maturation, and network will evolve in immeasurable, valuable ways.
- Don’t be intimidated by the pace. A college semester is twice as fast as most high school semesters, but the work is not usually harder. Pick up the pace, but run the race.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to professors. Use their office hours. Please.
- Create deadlines for everything and reach them early…as much as possible.
- Focus. There are a lot of girls/guys there, and they’re totes adorbs and gorgy. Remain focused now. The opportunities that seem like they were sacrificed will multiply in many ways later.
- Focus. Remember why you’re there. Athletics, parties, friends, organizations are good, but are all secondary to the main purpose.
- Learn a trade, or get a PT job (or both). If it is convenient, the trade/job will earn $$, make your learning practical, and help keep you focused.
- Read. Study. Learn. Don’t just pass tests. Take advantage of being in a place (and time) where you can absorb a lot of information.
- Don’t be fooled. Stay true to your God. Stay true to your values. Stay true to your family. That which brought you this far does not deserve to be forsaken.
- Pay attention. These years fly by.
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