Dear Freshman Me,

You just finished high school in possibly the smallest town in America. You’ve been getting things ready to move to college since December of your senior year, when you found out that you had been accepted to the school you fell in love with. There are so many things that are going to happen to you within the next two semesters, some expected, and some not.

You decided you wanted to major in Graphic Design, the thing you absolutely thought you wanted, since you loved the high school class and job shadowing your cousin. You will wonder if it is the right career path for you, whether you are creative enough, or if it’s something you can do for the rest of your life. You will constantly be second guessing your choice, and you were completely right for doing it. You will be taking many fine arts classes, and you will hate them, but assure yourself graphic design will be nothing like them. When you get the interview to ensure your spot into the official program, you will not make it in. You will get awful advice from “professionals.” Do not lose hope; you will find something you love more than anything and realize that it was what you were meant to do all this time.

This one is straightforward and easy. The statistics of college students staying with their high school sweethearts in college are rather low. You decide to ignore this fact completely. You were right to do so.

Your roommate is not crazy, I promise. She’s the most chill person ever and she will be the best roommate to fit your personality, and will become one of your best friends. Also, some friends you make will be your “people.” Make the memories, because one of the best ones won’t be around for your entire college experience. Keep her close and hug her extra.

Cheerleading was the best decision you ever made. You will realize quickly that these people are your best friends in the entire world, even if you haven’t even known them for a year. Your hard work is in the sport going to pay off. You will have to sit out for a month and a half because of a broken foot, because you tripped in your boyfriend’s dad’s damn driveway. It will suck, and it will be the beginning of the thing I’m going to tell you about next.

You are going to experience incredibly high anxiety, something you always thought you had a small amount of. Moving away from home, your comfort zone, will challenge you mentally in ways that you never knew possible. You will spend endless nights crying, worrying, with your heart racing for no reason whatsoever. You will find it incredibly hard to get up and go to class, because you know the way it will make you feel. Keep your family close. Keep your friends close. And keep your boyfriend close. These people are going to push you through the longest spring semester that you have ever experienced. Call your mom, call your sister, keep yourself busy. You will fall to this many times, but pick yourself back up, it will be worth it.

The most important of all: stay close to God. It will be hard to keep your faith with all of these things happening so quickly and unexpectedly. He will carry you through the worst of times, and He will not let you down.

This is going to be a year full of hardships, and incredible moments. It will be extremely freeing and you will realize that this college is exactly where you were meant to be.

Stay loving, and stay humble.

Xoxo, Kate B

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