One week. One week until you enter the next great experience in your life. An experience unlike any other that you’ve had in your brief 18 year run. It’s exciting, it’s daunting, and it’s a little overwhelming (understandably so). But lucky for you, it’s been done before, and everyone has their own words of wisdom that they’re more than willing to share. From older siblings, to friends, to Disney princess gifs on Buzzfeed, there’s advice everywhere you look, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Of course, you’ll find a helpful nugget of wisdom every once in a while, but the majority of advice is just vague, sweeping generalizations that have as much impact on your life as the last fortune cookie you ate. Be yourself? Don’t procrastinate? It’s the kind of airy advice that feels important when you read it, but ultimately means nothing. And you deserve better! Which is why I’m here. To give you some real, practical, advice that you can use on throughout your college crusade at BC. I’m not saying this is going to change your life, but just know you can thank me later, after you graduate cum laude and have companies literally on their knees begging to hire you.
Keep your Fake ID Hubris in Check
No better way to assert your alpha status at the start of the school year than by flaunting your fake. I get it, your ID was handcrafted with love and care. It’s got all the holograms, it glows in the dark, it’s legit as hell. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not, so be prepared for when it inevitably gets taken away. Bouncers aren’t stupid; when they see a group of fifteen people all from South Carolina visiting the same bar, they’re going to know something’s up. So just be smart about using it so you don’t lose it.
Hold Off on Forming that 8-Man
I know it’s tempting to lock that up after the first week with the first 7 guys you meet but hold back. Housing is like a marriage; a gay, polygamous, platonic marriage. You wouldn’t marry 7 other people solely based on their love of Chipotle and Netflix. Give it some time. People change, and chances are, the people you hang out with the first couple weeks of school aren’t going to be the people you hang out with at the end of the year.
Don’t Take a Girl to Mac on a First Date
She deserves better. You deserve better. It’s just a bad look all around, especially when Eagle’s Nest is literally right below it. There are so many great options for food on and around BC and Mac is simply not one of them.
Put Your Free Time to Good Use
Time management in college is completely different from time management in high school. In high school, it’s about balancing extracurriculars and still managing to get all your work done. In college, however, this doesn’t hold as much value, mainly because you have so much more time to work with. You’re only in classes a few hours a day, and the rest of the time you’re free to do whatever your heart desires, so take advantage of it! Play an intramural, get lunch with a friend, read a book, take a nap; the possibilities are endless.
Be Nice to the Janitors
This is more general human decency than BC-centric advice, yet it’s absolutely worth mentioning. Why? Because it’s always important to remember that whatever troubles you’re dealing with at school, work or social related, your life could be a lot worse. I mean a janitor’s job is to clean the bathrooms for a bunch of sweaty college kids; and college bathrooms are straight disgusting. It’s a thankless job, but we’d be screwed without it. So say hi to them, be nice to them, and just try to be a little considerate towards the people around you.
Wear Shower Shoes
No exceptions. That floor has seen some stuff. Trust me. Just wear shoes.
Don’t let your schooling take away from your college experience
If all you wanted out of your college experience was a bigger brain, you could have just gone to your local library and bought a nice car or a couple giraffes with all that tuition money you saved. But you didn’t, which is important to remember during the next 4 years. In 30 years, you’re not gonna remember the night where you stayed in studying for an Econ test. You’re gonna remember the night where you blew off studying, had a great time with your friends, and still managed to do moderately OK on that Econ test.
I’m not saying to blow off all your work and just be drunk all the time; that would be dumb. I’m just saying pick your battles, and put yourself into situations where you can get the best of both worlds.
Unless you’re pre-med. In that case, disregard everything I said. You should be studying… like, a lot.
Embrace the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Alright I lied. Had to toss in one abstract piece of advice, which is this: College is a big mess. You’ll have some of the best days of your life, as well as some of the worst. It’s a big crazy roller coaster, but that’s what you signed up for, so embrace it. An experience without any missteps along the way really isn’t much of an experience. So be present and be thankful for where you are. Only with this sense of awareness will you grow and become the person that you’re truly meant to be.
Alright, good talk guys. See you out there.