Before I came to college I wish I had known…
That it didn’t matter how late I scheduled my first class, I’d sleep right through it.
That you can love a lot of people in a lot of different ways.
That college kids throw airplanes too.
That if you don’t wear pajamas to class everyone will ask why you’re so dressed up.
That every clock on campus shows a different time.
That if you were smart in high school – so what?
That I would go to a party the night before a final.
That Chem labs require more time than all my classes put together.
That you can know everything and still fail a test.
That you can know nothing and ace a test.
That I could get used to almost anything I found out about my roommate.
That home is a great place to visit.
That most of my education would be obtained outside of my classes.
That friendship is more than just getting drunk together.
That I would be one of those people my parents warned me about.
That free food served until 10:00 is gone by 9:30.
That Psychology is really Biology,
That Biology is really Chemistry,
That Chemistry is really Physics, and Physics is really Math.
That my parents would become so much smarter in the last few years.
That it is possible to be alone even when you are surrounded by friends.
That you are almost always surrounded by friends.
That friends are what make this place worthwhile.
That it is really not as hard to make friends as I thought.
That even at a “nice” college, there would be kids who drink and use drugs.
That I would stay up all night studying, even if I never did in high school.
That some nights I would have to sleep with the lights on while my roommate studied.
That no one is around to tell you to study, eat right or clean your room.
That I should have learned how to balance a checkbook.
That people would borrow my clothes without asking.
That tests and papers always seem to come in threes.
That people are as friendly to you as you are to them.
That what I’ve done in the past doesn’t matter–everyone has a chance to “make it” in college.
That I should not judge people on first impressions.
That my parents would be really sad when I left.
That I would miss my mom’s cooking, and still gain 10 pounds.