My little brother Sean graduated from high school on Tuesday. Here is a list for him of 10 things that I wish someone had told me before going to college.
10. People from Texas love their state. You will always know that there is someone from the State of Texas by how they decorate their dorm room. They do make a wrapping paper with the state of Texas printed on it, and someone will figure out how to decorate their room/door with this. This is the only state with that problem.
9. There is no need to run down the hallway of your dorm— unless there is a fire. Which mostly likely there will not be, but you will experience three to four fire drills at 3:00 a.m. at least two to three times a semester. Please see number 8.
8. When you cook popcorn there is no need to cook it for very long. Most popcorn cooks at about 2 minutes. Understand that if you cook your popcorn longer than 2 minutes chances are that it will be burnt, and the fire alarms will go off causing everyone in your dormitory to have to go outside and stand around in the cold. Please—do not overcook your popcorn.
7. Don’t think that just because you put your name on an item in the shared dorm refrigerator that someone isn’t going to eat it. They are.
6. It is okay to question authority, and to make the authority answer for why they do something or why they are making you do something.
5. College is a balance between having fun and getting your work done for your classes. I have never heard anyone say that they wish they had not done more of one or the other.
4. Good music and good books are meant for sharing. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for sharing your music with another person. Also, if you don’t read—you should. Pick up a book. Your brain will thank you.
3. If you don’t doubt the existence of God, and then somehow find God again by the time college is over then you didn’t learn anything, and you should have to repeat college.
2. Don’t be afraid to try new things, but don’t be afraid to stand your ground. It is okay to test your beliefs but don’t lose your moral fiber.
1. Life is a lot like driving on the highway in a heavy rain. The important thing to remember is not to get lost in the lighting and the oncoming headlights, but to focus on the lines on the road. You can get through anything if you focus on what is in front of you. Just like rain is good for the world—it is good for your life.
Good luck Sean, and all those graduating out there. I am sure when Sheena graduates college I will write a nice like post about how life after college is lame, and how no one out there prepares anyone for being in their twenties.