To the Incoming Class: You Have Nothing to Lose

The first semester of college has taught me a lot of things. First of all, I have finally learned how to do my own laundry. I have learned that no matter how hard I try, I will end up losing socks on my way from the laundry room to my dorm. I have also learned to ALWAYS take my room key with me, even to the bathroom, because being locked out of my room in a bathrobe is not a fun experience. I have also learned to navigate the crazy bus system, figured out what dining halls have the best food, and learned what places on Easton Ave are worth the hype. But most of all, college has taught me the following motto: I have nothing to lose.

College provides a surplus of experiences and opportunities to take advantage of. But, oftentimes, students are afraid of being judged. They do not want to take risks. They do not want to put themselves in uncomfortable positions. But, I have learned that these uncomfortable experiences are usually the most valuable.

As a freshman, you have the advantage of being open to new clubs, new activities, new people, and new ideas. You have nothing to lose. You do not have to worry about finding a job or an internship like juniors and seniors. You do not have to worry about rent and other adult responsibilities. Instead, you can take chances and try new things, even if they take you out of your comfort zone. I have taught myself to try new clubs, even if they seem weird at first. Try out for dance teams just because. Go talk to new people, because who knows, they could end up becoming your best friends. College is a chance to create yourself. It is the time to take risks and make mistakes. You have nothing to lose, because apart from the GPA and the education, college is about the lifetime of experience and memories you make.