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A Letter to Freshman Me

Dear Anna,

As you embark on this beautiful journey they call your college career, I want you to keep a few things in mind. I give you this advice knowing full well what you will face in the years to come. You will come to Auburn because Auburn is all you have ever known. Auburn is where your father graduated, where his father graduated, Auburn is where you will graduate. The person you are and the person you want to be will be tested, and you will fail a time or two. Rest assured, it will get better, but until you see the light at the end of the tunnel, here are a few tips:

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Your first Auburn game as a student (yes, you are still friends with them).
  1. Patience my child

Your first year will be less than fabulous. When you’re thrown into this world all by your lonesome, and forced to navigate through thousands of new people in a new place you just have to try your best to sift through the dirt. You are going to meet people that intrigue you because they embody things you’ve never seen, and I encourage you to get to know them. Make decisions about who you want to keep around after keen examination of their character.

2.  Observe

Don’t be so focused on being a part of the conversation. Sit back and relax, you will learn so much when you take a moment to notice the little things. You may think you understand something or someone, but I encourage you to take a moment and watch from a third party perspective, the things you see will surprise you.

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Don’t forget to visit the Humane Society!

3.  Go for it!

You’ve heard this since you were 14 years old, but let me break it down for you. Fear is your greatest enemy, fear will hinder happiness and fulfillment. I know what you’re thinking, and you are right. You cannot turn fear off, but fear is hungry. When you feed the anxieties with self doubt, they grow. When you deny yourself something out of fear of rejection, failure or embarrassment, it will only become easier to give up on things that are worth the struggle.

4.  Happiness is a privilege, not a right.

When you find yourself in a place of unhappiness, make a change immediately. It may not be the right change, but when you lye dormant in a bad feeling it does not go away. Do not complain about your grades and keep putting in minimal effort. Do not complain about your friends and keep hanging around them. Do not give yourself the credit of thinking that you are “stuck.” There is always more, you should always strive to be better, you deserve better.

5.  Get involved.

I know, I know, it sounds cheesy and everyone says it, but take opportunities that interest you. There is one in particular that will change your life. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but you’ll know when the time comes. Don’t be afraid of over extending yourself, it is worth it.

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My dearest Anna, I leave you now with these snippets of advise that you may take with you through the next four years.   If i am being perfectly honest, even your senior self has difficulty abiding by these guidelines at times, but we will work on it together.

 

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