Advice to My Freshman Self

“We learned more from a 3-minute record, baby than we ever learned in school.” -Bruce Springsteen

I’m not as anti-school as the Boss, but I do have to admit that his general sentiment is true. With graduation little more than a week away, I offer this advice to my freshman self. Simply put, college is much more about the experiences along the way rather than class and studying. And it’s those experiences that will be the most memorable when I think back upon my four years at Auburn, the four years you have to look forward to.

When I think about choices I have made throughout my college experience, there’s not much that I wish I could have a “do-over” on. I am one of those people who believe that everything that you experience shapes who you are as a person. For that reason, I don’t like to play the what-if game, and I won’t with you. However, what I will do is share the memories that you will have to look forward to.

Firstly, you’re going to have a lot of fun (read: probably too much fun) with your roommates freshman year. The three years following? Expect more of the same, because you all stuck together throughout this entire journey. How about that? Friendships are key to the college experience, and you’re lucky enough to find some of your closest in your random dormmates!

Second, the 2012 Auburn football season is rough. Like really rough. I almost don’t want to tell you this, but trust me when I say the suffering is worth it for what comes the year after. Ricardo Louis and Chris Davis may not mean much to you right now, but let’s just say you won’t forget their names ever again. (Don’t expect 2014 or 2015 to be anything great though)

advice to my freshman self

Thirdly, your internship at Verge Pipe Media will be life changing! Not only will it confirm that you’re in the right field of work and you love what you’re doing, but you will be able to learn under two great mentors in addition to your inspiring professors. I could go on and on, but I’ll let you figure it out when you get there.

Lastly, never say no to a concert, a weekend trip, a hike or anything at all that is an experience outside of your daily routine. College and life, in general, is all about seizing the moment. If there is one thing I can impart to you let it be this fact. You’ll never be as young as you are right now. You’ll never have as much free time as you have right now. You’ll never be able to afford to make a dumb decision (but not too dumb!) as much as you can right now. That’s not permission to go and do whatever you want, but consider it a push to not hold yourself back from anything you may want to do.

Enjoy your friends, enjoy Auburn football, and go to as many concerts and trips as you possibly can cram in/afford to over the next four years. I did, and I don’t regret a minute of it. After all, as the Boss says, you’ll learn more from that 3-minute record in the end.

Note: This blog post was written as part of an assignment for my PRCM 4500 course at Auburn University.

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