An Open Letter to University Freshmen

30 04 2016

Dear Freshmen,
When you meet someone you don’t know in the corridor
and you are both waiting for the same class,
Introduce yourself.
At least, when you enter the tutorial,
you’ll have a new friend to sit with.

Dear Freshmen,
If you don’t find your life partner at freshman orientation,
it’s okay.
That doesn’t mean you aren’t going to.
And if you are jealous of the other freshmen,
the ones that got together right after camp,
just remember: people break up.
Just because there is a goalkeeper
doesn’t mean you cannot score.
Just don’t be too vindictive about it.

Dear Freshmen,
Don’t ask me which classes are easy,
or which lecturers are lenient
or which classes don’t have exams.
If you wanted something easy,
you should not have come here.

Dear Freshmen,
Don’t plan your classes so you can
go clubbing Thursday nights
still be in class on Friday afternoons.
It’s not worth it.
Trust me.

Dear Freshmen,
Don’t take year four classes thinking you can prove yourself
Don’t take year four classes because it fits your schedule
Don’t take year four classes because they are interesting
Don’t take year four classes. Period.
Or at least until you are year four.
May be not even then.

Dear Freshmen,
Don’t abandon group projects. Ever.

Dear Freshmen,
Don’t post angry activist rants on your facebook,
you probably don’t understand the whole story.
Dear Freshmen,
Don’t post anonymous angry rants on facebook
unless you want to be tracked down
and humiliated on the social media of your choice.

And while we are on that:
Dear Freshmen,
Just because you are smart and opinionated,
doesn’t always mean you have smart opinions.

Dear Freshmen,
Taking one engineering class does not make you an engineer.
Taking one computing class does not make you a hacker.
Taking one theatre class does not make you “cultured”.
Taking one psych class does not mean you can “read” me.
Stop trying to read me

Dear Freshmen,
Don’t take freshman year so seriously,
Instead,
Hold the door open for someone.
Smile because
there will always be someone more stressed than you.
Don’t worry about what you wear,
no one is going to care anyways.
When you meet someone you don’t know in the corridor
and you are both waiting for the same class.
Introduce yourself.
At least, when you enter the tutorial,
you’ll have a new friend to sit with.
It makes everything alil less scary.

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