Back to Ten on Tuesday--thanks, Carole!
10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started College: Advice from Myself to Myself
1. Private school is expensive. Even though you're paying your own way (heck, eight years after graduation, you're still paying your own way), every time you skip your First Year Seminar, you're basically throwing away 75 bucks. Ouch.
2. It may seem like a clever idea at the time, but root beer and vodka don't mix.
3. You're not fooling anyone--you don't know jack about the French Revolution. And no matter how you talk your way around it, you're not making any sense. Especially not to a Fulbright scholar.
4. Your ENG 354 instructor? Genius. Pay attention.
6. Four years is so, so short. In fact, since you'll be graduating early, three years is even shorter. Enjoy your time here, because you will ache for it later.
7. Your last semester, which you will spend here, will be the best sixteen weeks of your life.
8. You'll look back on this experience and realize that you had some pretty fabulous opportunities. You will have some very intimate experiences with some very famous people. Enjoy. (Samuel Hazo will need you to guide him up to the podium--he's rather unsteady on his feet. Van Jordan will forgive you for forgetting about his afternoon appointment, which is a good thing, because you'd really hate to disappoint someone so gorgeous. And Kaye Gibbons? Well, that's going to be a little awkward.)
9. Your department advisor is going to die a tragic death a few years after graduation. You will cry later, both by yourself and when her best friend comes to visit you, and then you will both laugh (until you start crying again) about how many late stories you turned in over the years. He will assure you that she never harbored any bad feelings, and you will feel relieved.
10. This place--these people, this knowledge, this experience--is going to rock your face pretty hard. Get ready.