“Dear High School Senior Me…”

Dear high school senior me,yuck grad2

Congratulations! You’ve made one of the biggest and most important steps in your life- obtaining a college degree is an amazing and rewarding process. You’ll learn about things you never knew that you cared about, become motivated to make a difference in your community, and become a better version of yourself.

While immensely valuable, the undergraduate experience can also be difficult and intimidating, especially as a freshman. I know right now all of your friends are excited to pick up and start, but you’re a bit hesitant. The transition to a new and independent life can be daunting. However, don’t worry if you don’t immediately feel a sense of belonging. Some students are lucky to know that they are in the right place, doing the right thing. You don’t have to do that immediately. It’s okay to have doubt, so long as that doubt does not foster inaction. Know that it is alright to feel stress and always ask for help if you feel overwhelmed. But ultimately, be confident in yourself and the path that you have chosen.

Moreover, keep in mind that everyone in also embarking on this new, scary, and wonderful adventure with you. You will never again be in a situation where all of your peers are just as new as you are. Take advantage of that! Remind yourself that this is a shared experience, and go share it with new colleagues, teammates, and friends. Take advantage of every opportunity and pique every interest; this is your time to learn and grow.

Congratulations again, with hard work and confidence, I know that you will achieve incredible things. 🙂

Dani Villa is a senior political science major from Newtown, Connecticut. Dani is the president of the UN Club and the captain of the Marist Crew Team. She is also a member of the Honors Program and the Deans’ Circle. Upon graduation, Dani will pursue a doctorate in political science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.


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