|When I Taught Myself Guitar Freshman Year (Thanks, Taylor!)|
1. You think you're super busy, but you'll never have the time you do now.
Yes, I know you've got YoungLife, Theta, school, and various clubs. But trust me, it doesn't really get any better. Enjoy the fact that you can go on a run in the middle of the day, or be outside pretty much any time you aren't in class. Cherish the naps, spontaneous coffee runs, and late night Pokey sticks. Yes, school is important, but take time to play and say yes to fun things, because they're what you will really remember. You've got the rest of your life to have an 8-5 job. Work hard, play hard, and enjoy your freedom.
2. You'll be alone in your standards sometimes, but it will be worth it. And you won't regret it.
College can be kind of wild. People won't always have the same convictions and standards that you do, and that's okay. But don't compromise. Don't give up and give in when it seems like everyone else is. Trust me, there are lots of other folks out there who are just like you, though you may not feel like it. And you will never for one second wish that you did things any differently, promise. Strive to live a life that honors the Lord.
|Sweet Theta Friends|
Seriously, just don't. They need to pursue and respect you. If you're the one having to decode text messages or trying to find reasons to talk, then they really aren't interested. Sorry girl, but it's true. Once you experience true pursuit, you'll totally get it. And you won't even think twice about those other guys. Also, don't try to force something to work out with nice Christian guys just because they're nice. The right one will come along at the perfect time, just you wait!
4. Enjoy the fact that friendships and community are so effortless right now.
Not to scare you, but it will never be this easy again. You're surrounded by thousands of people your age, and you can choose exactly who you want to spend your time with. In the working world, it's just not that way. Your friends live all over the world, and you have to work to keep in touch. It's you, youngin', and the rest of the world. But this is also a beautiful thing, because you'll make friends with people who are decades older than you, and you'll learn from their wisdom. Just know that friendships will take effort, and there will be a certain level of discomfort as you work to make new buds. (By the way, hang in there. You'll make some really great friends your sophomore year and on. You don't have to be besties with all the people you meet freshman year. Find the ones who like the real you).
|Junior Year Roomies. Yes, we all shared one room.|
You'll never believe how fast four years will go. I know it sounds cliche', but I speak truth. The nights that seem full of endless hours of studying or finishing up projects will blend into one big memory called freshman year, then sophomore, then junior. You'll blink your eyes, and the next thing you know, you'll be packing up your room for the very last time, or walking back through the columns with your senior friends. You'll scatter all over the nation, yet still be united with all the others who get your little college references: the REAL Shakespeare's, Big 12's dollar burger dollar fry, the Piano Bar, and good ole' Dirty Dobbs. You'll always be a Tiger, and you've got so many wonderful things ahead of you, but enjoy the college life while you can. You only get to do it once.
Do any of these sound familiar? What would you tell your college self? Join the conversation in the comments below, or become a part of our Facebook community. Happy Friday, friends!
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