New College Students!

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:

  1. Focus. “Find yourself” after you graduate!
  2. Don’t chase money. The more you get, the more you spend; the more you spend, the more you need/want.
  3. If you’re good at it, chase your passion. If you’re good at it, the money will find you.
  4. Get and keep your scholarships.
  5. Live on campus. The experience can’t be replaced. Your socialization, maturation, and network will evolve in immeasurable, valuable ways.
  6. 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.
  7. Don’t be afraid to talk to professors. Use their office hours. Please.
  8. Create deadlines for everything and reach them early…as much as possible.
  9. 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.
  10. Focus. Remember why you’re there. Athletics, parties, friends, organizations are good, but are all secondary to the main purpose.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Pay attention. These years fly by.
  15. Focus.



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