Dear Addy: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before College

By our new Dear Addy: Jenna Lynch

Preparing for college is a time filled with so many emotions that are often hard to navigate through. On one hand, you are completely stressed out and anxious to buy all of your dorm décor, register for classes and leave your family and friends behind. On the other hand, you find it impossible to contain your excitement. Times filled with new friends, independence and no more High School drama await. 

With all of these emotions racing through your mind, you may forget to stop and tell yourself one very important thing. This is what I wish that someone had told me before starting college and that is to be unapologetically yourself. 

Starting this adventure will also mean new people, new classes and essentially an entirely new world. There are bound to be people who you meet that will pressure you into things that may not be what you want to do. Whether that be drinking and partying or joining a school sport or club, you only have to do what you feel is right.

Take it from someone who has been in this exact same situation, you do not need to apologize for being you. If you like to spend your entire weekend in the library studying hard, you should do that. If you like to go on hiking and shopping adventures and only go to the library when you absolutely have to, you should do that. 

Are you sensing a pattern here? You are you and that in and of itself is a beautiful thing. Do not apologize or conform to the pressures of others just because you feel like you have to. Put yourself first and love yourself. 

Every day is a new opportunity to take the steps in becoming or remaining the person that you want to be. So, the next time that you find yourself questioning the best parts of you, remember to be unapologetically you!