To freshman Kacie–
Today, I sit in Birmingham on a Thursday when I should be in Auburn. In a rather odd turn of events, the world happens to be in a pandemic cutting my time in college short. The credit scenes to my action-packed, drama-filled movie are rolling and I can’t help but think about how I started my freshman year.
Moving into a shoe-box room in the Quad, I never would’ve realized how impactful my time at Auburn would be.
I’ve met my best friends, realized my passions, and loved cheering on my Auburn Tigers in orange and blue.
Here’s a few things I wish I would’ve known before starting my journey:
- Be intentional
All throughout college, my main priority was it not to be a high school 2.0. Over 300 students from high school ended up at Auburn and I didn’t want to fall into the same routines that I was doing. In attempting not to be the same person I once was, that starts with being intentional. College is a time to find yourself, find people who push you to be better and find your passion. Be intentional about spending time with people who live only two minutes down the road and making every moment count. Now that I don’t have the chance, I would do anything to be spending time with my people.
- Say yes, but not to everything
I’m a firm believer in saying yes to any opportunity that comes my way, but sometimes it’s okay to say no. There were times when all I wanted to do was lay in my bed and not think about anything, but I didn’t think I could because that’s a waste of a day. Reality check: It’s okay. Sometimes you need to put yourself first and take a breather. As much as you want to go to bingo every single Thursday, staying in and watching Netflix with your roommate is just as fun and good for the soul.
- Put yourself in awkward situations
I know what you’re thinking, every situation I’m in is an awkward situation. Well, yes, even four years later I’m still awkward. But I’ve met some of my best friends from putting myself into uncomfortable situations. Say hi to the random person you’ve seen on Instagram or complement the girl in the involvement suite on her shoes. The worst that can happen is that you’ll never see them again, and the best is gaining a life-long friend.
- Know your professors
Going into a freshman year I was terrified of going into an auditorium full of students. I had never been in a class with more than 30 people so 300 was a huge step. Becoming friends with my professors has given me connections in the adult world, and also friendships I’ll have forever.
- Start an Auburn bucket list
At the end of my sophomore year, I realized I needed an Auburn bucket list. A book filled with 100 things that I had to complete before graduation. Because I started this two years in, I now only have 26 things left to do, and with my college time being cut short, I don’t think I’ll be able to finish them all. If I had started freshman year and done things differently, I could have checked them all off.
College isn’t as picture-perfect as Pitch Perfect sets it out to be. But don’t forget how lucky you are to go to the greatest university. I had the best 3.67 years of my life, and I wish I could be in your shoes to watch it all over again.
Hold on tight to every memory and every person.
Oh, and try not to get run over by a biker- they come out of nowhere.