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- Excited about life on your own
- Nervous about life on your own
- Excited about meeting up with new friends
- Nervous about making new friends
- Excited about taking classes
- Not excited about taking classes
All of those, all together, swirling around in your Green-and-Gold thinktanks until you're ready to explode.
Let's face it: college is going to be the best time of your life.
I decided the best way to prepare you for your first days on campus (whether you've already moved in or will do so very soon) is to write you a letter using lyrics from the songs that I would like you to listen to.
I hope you enjoy - this is one of many "Lyrical Letters" that I will be writing you, should you choose to listen to the tracks and enjoy them wholeheartedly. :)
(Click here to start your playlist, or click the song titles below.)
Ready? Let's go.
Chasin' every thrill we could see
With our eyes steady, waking to the dream
Aching to be thrown in the ring"
Welcome to the greatest time of your life, because you get to discover who you are. Keep your eyes steady, and awake to the dream. It's your time to shine.
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived"
It means owning every second. Don't let moments go to waste. Take pride in becoming comfortable outside of your comfort zone. Relish in the pain of a broken bone or two. Because then you'll know that you truly lived.
Don't pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble—it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you're not alone
'Cause I'm gonna make this place your home"
Nervousness is totally fine, and extremely normal. Fear is not. Fear tells you that you won't make friends. That you can't keep up your GPA. That you won't be successful because you don't have a plan for your life.
Settle down - pay no mind to the demons who will lie to you. Instead, focus on the incredible gift you have that is a college education. And better than that - one at Baylor University, a place that (I swear) will always fight to make itself your home.
And what if you still feel fear, after Move-In while you look into an uncertain future? Then there's at least one person you can talk to. I promise.
'Cause I'm gonna make this place your home.
I hope this brings you encouragement and prepares you for some of the best years of your life. Whether you are a student at Baylor or anywhere else, I would encourage you to share this poem with them to give them some fire as they begin their journeys.
I am excited for all of you. Sic 'em.