This week’s Five Friday Facts are college themed. You’ll see why, just keep reading.
- I finished college in 3.5 years. And graduated before I turned 21. I did a program called Joint Enrollment which allowed me to simultaneously complete my senior year of high school and freshman year of college.
2. Kennesaw State University, my Alma Mater, recently acquired (I’m not sure if that’s the technical term, but speaking in legal terms, that’s what happened) Southern Polytechnic State University, and the new KSU will be one of the 50 largest public universities in the United States. It wasn’t that big when I was there.
5. My favorite college (even though I didn’t attend) is the University of Georgia. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported last week that this year’s incoming freshman class at the University of Georgia is the smartest class it’s ever had. The average GPA of the freshman class is 3.91, and the average SAT score is 1301. LOTS of geniuses over there. Go Dawgs!
So, why all these college facts? Because, dear friends, this little brother of mine is starting college in just one week.
The just grow up so fast! So Andy is the middle of my three brothers. He’s goofy, hilarious, artistic, musically gifted, smart smart smart, kind, and just the sweetest. I really can’t believe he’s going off to college.
Before I get sappy, I scrolled back through my Facebook history and found some pictures of me from college. Ah, memories.
Throughout college, I lived at home and worked part-time as a life guard and swim lesson teacher. I had a great time in my sorority and made some amazing friends. I kicked butt at school and got great grades. I started out as an English Education major but changed my mind and switched to a Communications / Public Relations major. I didn’t have the typical “college” experience, and that was by my own choice. Now that Andy is off to college, I wanted to give him some advice, share some things I’m grateful I did, and some things I’d do differently.
- Do NOT pick a major based on projected economic success. Money is great, but there’s nothing, I repeat, NOTHING, worse than not following your passion in your career. Pick a major you love. And also remember, you can still change your mind at this point in life. Spend time really finding what you love.
- Along that same route, take courses that interest you. Colleges offer so many different classes. Take at least one class that randomly interests you outside of your major. I love musicals, so my last year I took a “From Broadway to Hollywood” class. It was in the drama department, no where close to my major. But it was one of my favorite classes I ever took. Take advantage of the choices you have.
- DO A STUDY ABROAD! Did you hear me? DO A STUDY ABROAD! Part of your tuition – part of every student’s tuition – goes toward scholarships for those students smart enough to do a study abroad. You’re guaranteed to get at least a little financial help. But even still, please please please, go see another country and learn. I missed the boat on this one, and it’s one of my biggest regrets.
- Don’t rush through college. I know you’re beyond excited to move into the city and become your own person. Embrace this time before you have responsibilities. Mom and dad are helping you and giving you a very nice cushion while you’re in school. Please embrace this lack of responsibility and continue to explore every avenue of yourself and your creativity.
- Be nice to people, especially your teachers. Your fellow classmates and your professors have their own stories to tell, have fought their own battles, and all have something you can learn from. Be kind to them. Oh, and your roommates. Be extra kind to them. And be a good roommate.
- Do your homework. Don’t slack off just because you can, just because no one is taking attendance. Your parents are helping you pay for this education. Don’t disrespect them by not doing your absolute best.
- Call (text) your parents, and come home for the holidays. Be grateful and remember to thank them, and everyone else who offers you help (this includes bus drivers, dining hall workers, professors, counselors), thank everyone.
- Have fun Andy. Please, have the time of your life. Enjoy the city life, eat the food, see the sites, and enjoy every second. Even the struggles. These are NOT the hardest struggles you will face, by any means. Remember when it feels really hard, really bad, you have so many people who love you and who will help you. Don’t forget about us!
I hope you really do have the absolute best time in college. I can’t wait to watch you grow and celebrate all your successes with you! I’m always here, no matter what. If you run out of bacon, I’ll take you out to lunch.
Tell me about your college experience!
Do you have any advice for my little bro?