Recently I was thinking about my life up until now and I thought I would write a letter to my college self so I have given it a go below.
Dear College Self,
- Do not be too hard on yourself – College is so different from school that it will take some adjusting. I left school at 16 and went up in to London to go to drama school and boy was it a shock. I had to not only learn about the realities of travelling in London but I also had to learn that I would have to fend for myself and learn about me. Sometimes you don’t like things you see in yourself but you can embrace this and make yourself in to the person you want to be.
- You will be poor – College is expensive you have to be prepared that your loan will go on your halls, college fees and that sometimes you have to make the choice whether you have a night out and live on beans on toast or if you get (what was a normal shop before college) a luxurious food shop! Don’t stress too much about student loans because there are many options out there such as a company called Earnest to help you refinance your student loans.
- Be prepared to work hard – College prepares you for the real world everyone thinks it will be easy and you can go out every night and just get through your course and then when you finish you can be serious and get a real job. NO you have to put the work in whilst your there and if you do you will be have more of a chances open to you. It also enables to know what you are letting yourself in for!
- Not everyone will like you – We have a bit of this at school from when we were in our little groups dotted around the playground but I think this was more intense at college. People speak there mind more the people are more honest and it is ok that not everyone will like you. It doesn’t matter even, you find your friends and they will be with you forever.
- Have fun – The most important thing is that you have fun. Make friends, learn about yourself and don’t take yourself too seriously. This is your chance to shine and be you so don’t miss it. Embrace the endless days of pasta and beans on toast but remember you are setting the foundations of your career too.