What’s up, man? You made it! It’s crazy how things work out, isn’t it? From full focus to getting an athletic scholarship to nonchalantly figuring you’d end up at JSU, you worked your tail off and are on scholarship to Auburn University. Make sure you take a moment from time to time to appreciate that. I know you will.
I have good and bad news for you though. College is going to be a crazy ride. To mom and dad’s relief, no, you’re not about to go buck wild with your first taste of freedom. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll have some fun, but not in a destructive way. Praise the Lord you have a good head on your shoulders. You’re too broke to afford a crazy lifestyle anyway, and you know you’d feel guilty if you paid all that money to live down here and didn’t give it everything you had. I just mean you’re going to always be busy. You’ll meet a lot of great friends, hang out with the friends you already knew a good bit and have a great time doing all kinds of things. One thing I’d say is continue to make an effort to stay in touch with the people you meet. I know it’s different than being at home and everyone calling you all the time, but with people you don’t know as well, there’s some give and take. It’s not a bad thing if you can’t hang out all the time, but make sure not to let the relationships die out. It’s natural sometimes, and it will still be great to bump into them, but reaching out to grab dinner instead of taking a nap could make the difference. A sidebar though, keep your motivation to stay in the gym. You may be too busy sometimes, but you’re going to turn into a string bean if you don’t because you’ll eat less to avoid getting fat. Overall though, just do you, and you’ll be just fine.
As for grades, you’re going to be ok too. That first history test is going to hit you like a brick, but don’t panic. That will be the wakeup call you needed to succeed for the rest of your college career. You’re going to slip up a little this year, not much, but everything happens for a reason. You’ll vastly improve next fall and end up making multiple Dean’s Lists, be part of an honor society (I know it’s weird to hear, but don’t worry. You just have to pay a due. That’s it.) and finish with a really solid GPA. Having to balance AP Chemistry, a research paper and basketball in high school really sucked, but it will help you with time management. With the major you picked, you won’t have a harder class (conceptually) than Kadle’s. Classes actually seem to get easier each year. I’m not saying you’ll be stress free because some classes will require a ton of work (You only ate one meal a day at midnight for a few weeks because of one class and your other time commitment I’m about to get into.), but you’ll survive. Don’t sweat it.
All of the stuff I’ve previously mentioned will be fine, but here’s where the main purpose of attending Auburn University comes into play. You’re going to do what you set out for. You’ll be doing a lot of work in sports. In fact, you’ll start in a month or two. That’s part of why your grades will slip at first, but you’ll manage and eventually thrive. It’s still work, and you’ll be ridiculously busy a lot, but you’ll get used to it. At the end of the day, your office is either a field or court half of the time, so you’re going to love it. You’ll get to be around crazy-talented athletes, become friends with some awesome people and build contacts all over the place. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but you’ll be with a minor league hockey team, your own athletic department, the channel you watch every day and work events for your school’s conference. I will spoil the fact that you’ll be an SID before you graduate, you’ll get to meet one of your favorite NFL players of all time in a work setting, and you’ll get to work the SEC Football Championship with Auburn playing in it! You’re so blessed, man. Don’t ever forget that. I don’t know your exact main career yet, but with what you’ll accomplish, you’ll be in a good position when you graduate, and your future is bright. Have some fun, but don’t be stupid and never stop grinding. Everything else will fall into place.