E is no stranger to a college campus. He spent his early years on the campus of my college as I worked on my degrees. He went to study groups with me, he went to work at the computer lab with me, he sometimes even went to class with me. Once – he even proctored an exam. One of the professors in my department had to make a phone call so she asked him to sit at her desk and report back to her if anyone cheated while she was gone. He was four.
Today, we visit the college campus he will most likely be attending in the Fall. It was the college I wished I attended at several points in my life as I had tons of friends there. I saw George Clinton & the P-Funk Allstars there!
My point? I’m excited. He’ll love it.
But I have been thinking about the lessons I hope he carries with him next year. Lessons I learned and that I hope he’ll take to heart when they apply. Thought now would be a good time to put them in a list. To distract me from fact that I’m VISITING A COLLEGE CAMPUS WITH MY SON. IS IT TOO EARLY TO START DRINKING?
- Learn to hacky sack – Some of my fondest memories of college were build in hacky sack circles. It also is the easiest way to meet people. Especially cute hippie-boys.
- Take advantage of the opportunity to reinvent yourself. I wore combat boots and fishnets my first day of class after 12 years of catholic school uniforms. It was the best feeling ever. I also tried to get people to call me “Kimberly” but that didn’t stick. Some things won’t. It may sound cliché, but it’s the truth: You get very few – if any – opportunities in your life to totally start over with your identity, don’t waste it.
- Go to class. Even if you’re exhausted and unable to function, try to at least go. I learned that it was much easier to blow off an entire semester and take an “F” if I never went. Not that you would EVER do something so irresponsible.
- If you have a community shower? Buy some flipflops. Seriously. Those showers are even disgusting for girls, I’m sure the boy’s showers are about one million times worse.
- Explore the campus. College campuses are amazing places with tons of history. Find your favorites places. Remember – your brother is named after my favorite building on the campus I attended.
- Drink regular coffee. Learn to tolerate regular coffee by coming up with a sweetener/creamer recipe that makes it tasty to you. Fancy coffee is expensive and you don’t want to get hooked on something that costs $5 a pop. I like my coffee with two Stevias and flavored creamer. I save lattes for special occasions. This will also benefit you on the middle-of-the-night Waffle House visits. There may be a layer of grease on the bathroom floor, but you can still get a decent cup of coffee there if you’re not too spoiled.
- Take advantage of the ability to wear your pajamas to class. SERIOUSLY. Some may tell you it gives a bad message to your professors. But I tell you this: You will never get another opportunity to wear pajamas in public on a regular basis. IT IS A WONDERFUL FEELING.
- Call/text/email your Mom every day the first month you’re gone. She is going to be a mess without you. Ease her into this if you can.