Emily tagged me in a “7 Deep Thoughts” meme, so I am using this opportunity to continue my elongated letter to college students before classes start in the next two weeks.

Ahem, this meme comes with an award. I’d like to thank the Academy.

1. Your life is broken up into 14 to 16 week segments. Later, you’ll wish you had those bookend months of rest in between work periods, so buckle down and make them count. However, avoid whining when you have a lot of work to do because it will be over sooner than you think.

2. Introduce yourself to twenty people on move-in day.

3. Go night skiing. In a few years, you won’t want to be that cold, that late at night. Plus your butt is more resilient in your late teens and early twenties.

4. Study hard your first three weeks, no exceptions. Making that a habit and letting your professor know that you care about his or her class will change your life. During those first few weeks, introduce yourself to your professors, no matter how uncomfortable it makes you.

5. Sit at a table in the dining hall that is already partially occupied (bring a friend if this makes you too uncomfortable to attempt alone) and strike up a conversation with new people.

6. Go to the “Club Carnival” or whatever your school calls the event in which the Pickle Ball, Chess, and Newman clubs set up tables and shove sign up sheets into your hands. Sign up for twice as many things as you think you can handle and go to the first meeting for each of them. You can pick your favorites later.

7. Don’t carry a purse, that’s a tell-tale sign of a freshman. If you’re a senior or a junior, dress like an adult to set yourself apart. Your professors will respect you as the adult you are.

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