Don’t know if you know this or not, but I’m going to start my freshman year at Indiana University in exactly 3 weeks when I move in! I’m really excited and nervous and I sort of feel like I’m gonna throw up, but I’m too happy to care!
I have so many expectations for the upcoming year so I thought I would do something interesting and write a letter to myself and at the end of the year I’ll read it! I think it’s a fun thing to do especially if you’re like me; the-person-that-tries-to-plan-out-their-entire-life-but-changes-their-mind-so-often-nothing-ever-goes-according-to-plan.
For example, before Indiana University became the apple of my eye, I was so hell bent that I was going to end up at Northeastern University. It was a little bit of a reach school for me (and if you don’t know what that means, you’ll learn soon) and I figured if I got in then it was a sign from The Lord Himself that I was meant to be there. They gave me a pretty hefty financial aid package and even though I had a few thousand in loans I was all in!
A few days after my acceptance letter came in the mail, I sent in my enrollment and my housing deposit. Then, out of the blue, two people from the Kelley School of Business came down to Georgia, took me to The Cheesecake Factory and told me that I got their Fry Scholars Scholarship (which is a supplemental full ride) and all the benefits of it. Now how can anyone turn down an offer like that where you won’t have to worry about loans and stress about the future, especially with this economy, especially from such a good business school?!
NOTE: That DOESN’T mean that you guys should go to school just because of money, pick the school that’s right for you! I wanted to go to Indiana before Northeastern, but I figured that since it was a public, out-of-state school they would give me no aid, but it all worked out in the end!
As soon as I got home I talked it over with my very disgruntled mom, (she thought her $600 was going to go down the drain) but luckily I withdrew from Northeastern so early that the full amount was given back to her and now, I’m going to Indiana!
So unless you’re one of those kids that know their life goals from birth, I highly doubt that things will go the way you expect.
So all you Class of 2013, Class of 2014 and even the freshman (class of 3021, or whatever outlandish number it is) write yourself a letter talking about how you want the year to go, whether you talk about: the college you want to attend, how you want a boyfriend, if you want to lose weight, have better study skills, anything you want. (Sorry sophomores, but you’re the red-headed stepchild to your school population this year.)
And then when the year is over you can laugh at yourself and compare your expectations to reality. Hopefully, it won’t be like Tom Hansen’s.