Many of you Rookies came through with guidance that will hopefully help incoming freshmen feel a little less nervous (maybe even kinda excited? One thing I wish I’d been told before starting my freshman year is that everyone grows at their own pace.
—Je Naya, 15, North Carolina Don’t get the backpack that is the cutest or the trendiest.
Get the backpack that looks durable and will fit all of your things with room to spare. instead of having fun in dance is my biggest regret.
That cute and cheap backpack will most likely fall apart before the second semester like mine did, so it’s better to invest in a sturdier backpack that can handle the weight of your stuff. Join clubs and take electives surrounding things that interest you.
Another thing I wish I’d been told: It’s totally fine talking to/making friends with new people.
I barely spoke to people I didn’t know last year, which I regret tremendously.
Staying with one group of friends can be nice because you know them and you’re comfortable with them and you love them, but also it’s like, you only experience them, leading to a lack of diversity in your life, which can get annoying.
Experiencing all different types of people is super dope, and I think is kinda necessary.
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