To the Restless Senior

I know what you’re thinking because I’ve been there. For most of you, all you want right now is to get out of your annoying town. You want to escape the drama, the stress, and the same-old-same-old that at this point just seems like a broken record… err, how about an iPod on repeat? But please, hear me out when I say this: enjoy it and embrace it because in a couple months it’s all going to change, for the better and for the worse.

You’re about to embark on a really cool journey. *cue eye-roll* I know, I know. That sentence was super lame, but I honestly don’t know how else to describe it. You are going to meet a million and seven people that you’ve never seen before and, chances are, seven of those a million and seven people will become some of your closest friends.

Soon there will be an endless stream of opportunities knocking at your door and you get to choose which ones you take advantage of. You are about to encounter a whole campus full of new sights and smells that you’ve never come across before, maybe even some that you don’t want to see or smell… But hey, that’s college.

Anyways, regardless of that, you’re going to miss home every once in a while. Believe it or not, you’re going to miss that annoying teacher that cares just a little too much because it’s better than the professor who doesn’t know your name. You’re going to miss your siblings that know just how to get on your nerves because they know you better than anyone else. You’re going to miss your pet that begs for your attention and your snack because their love is unconditional (unless of course you own a cat…) (PS this isn’t a jab on cat-lovers, it’s just a weak joke).

I know visiting different college campuses is exciting and all, but take advantage of the time you have left by exploring every nook and cranny of your hometown. I know you cannot wait to choose your roommate, but how about spending as much time as you can with your siblings because they won’t be right across the hall for long? I know you’re anxious to make new friends and try new things, but try treasuring the time you have left with your old friends and embracing the comfortable and familiar.

You’re going to miss your friends’ random invitations to hang out at odd hours of the night because now they’re hours away from you. You’re going to miss your parents nagging you because now you realize how much they actually care. You’re going to miss it because it was familiar, it was comfortable, and it was home.

Do me a favor and don’t wish away these next few months.

Trust me, you’re gonna miss it.

Colleen #1

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