You’ve colored your way through kindergarten. You’ve educated yourself through Elementary School. You’ve jogged through Junior High. You’ve gone heaved High School. You’ve accomplished 13 years of school. 13 years of coloring, learning new concepts, making friends, maybe losing some friends, dreaded acne, fun dances, exciting sporting events, and the ups and downs of growing up. You’re now ready to make the next big step of your life: COLLEGE!
College is rapidly approaching, and you’re freaking out because you have no idea how to prepare for your first day. You’re told to make a good impression, because first impressions are extremely important! You want to act cool, but not too cool, because you don’t want to get labeled as a player or tool. On the other hand, if you don’t act cool enough you might get labeled as the geek, nerd, or outcast. You don’t want to talk too much, because then you’ll be labeled as the blabber mouth. But you don’t want to be too quiet, because then you’ll be labeled as shy and boring. You want to make sure everything: clothes, hairstyle, books, money, etc. is all perfectly planned out for your big first day. If one thing is out of place, then you’re first day, and extremely important first impression, will be ruined!
Well, guess what?! Take all of your preconceived notions, rumors, tips, tricks, and advice from friends and throw them out the window!
The single most important thing to remember about your first day of college is: BE YOUR BEST YOU. BE YOURSELF. Don’t worry about what other people think of you. Don’t worry about being cool, talkative, or anything like that. The best thing you can do is be yourself and be confident in yourself. Be worry free. Some people will like you, some people probably won’t. But in the end, if you were truly yourself, then you’ll find some great quality friends who build you up and help you out.
So what if you trip in front of an entire lecture hall. So what if you sneeze really loudly in the middle of class. So what if you have a weird laugh. So what if you’re socially awkward. You are you. No one else is you, and no one else will ever be you. Don’t let other people define who you are. You define who you are. You are who you choose to be.
In conclusion, be yourself. Don’t worry about what other people might think of you. Wear the clothes that you like to wear. Style your hair the way you like to style your hair. Act the way you act. Talk the way you talk.
Helpful side tip: Be nice and genuine to people. It’ll rub off on them, and they’ll treat you with that same respect.
Good luck and have a great first day of school! Make wise choices, help people, and live life to the fullest, all while being yourself.