So we all know what tomorrow is, and we’re all excited about it. Honestly pi day is pretty awesome, but that other thing that’s going on will be occupying many of your minds, and so I’d like to offer some brief thoughts having been there. Take them, leave them, this:
1. Not everyone wants to come here.
I know, I know, right? It’s true though. I know if I were you and someone said that to me, I’d probably have ignored them and said something like “yeah maybe YOU don’t, but I definitely do!” But hopefully you’re not like me, and will be willing to give it some thought. I only truly realized that some people would honestly be miserable here after I started last semester. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love this place, it’s perfect for me, but I definitely understand how people can be miserable here. If it’s not for you, it doesn’t make you any less of a person, or limit the things you can do. You owe it to yourself to find the place that makes you happiest. After all, it’s YOUR college experience, no one else. Not your parents, not your friends, yours. Go where you think you’ll be happiest.
2.In one year, a lot will be different
I can pretty much promise you that. Those who aren’t offered admission won’t be upset, those who were won’t be overwhelmed with joy, it’ll be a part of your life that you accept and move on with. Getting into college is a big deal, but it’s not the goal. It’s the beginning. Enjoy the last few months of high school as much as you can, a ton of stuff is going to happen in the next few months, and you’ll want to remember it fondly. Life moves fast around this time. I can hardly believe how much has changed in just one short year.
I’ve also got some quotes that I pulled up and read before I looked at my decision, in order to prepare me for the statistically favorable. Maybe you’ll find them as inspiring and soothing as I did:
“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.”
~ Aldous Huxley
“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.””
~ Abraham Lincoln
“When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.”
“Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.”
“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
~ Alexander Graham Bell
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down. ”
~ Mary Pickford
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”
~ Richard Bach
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ”
~ Flavia Weedn
“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. ”
~ Ivy Baker Priest
“One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping stone to something better.”
~ Col. Harland Sanders
I know that tomorrow is a big day for all of you. Enjoy it, if you have questions or need someone to talk to, feel free to shoot me an email.
I wish you all the best. Wake up tomorrow and chase your dreams.