A Fresh View: Dear Pre-College Me

Time Turner

Hello, Brown enthusiasts! My name is Leah Goldman, and I’ll be your socially-awkward blogger for A Fresh View for the coming year. Join me as I attempt to make my way through this slightly terrifying yet extremely exciting experience known as The First Year of College.

Over vacation, I had a lot of time to reflect on my first semester at college. Today, I’d like to share some of those reflections in a letter to my pre-college self.

Dear 6-months-ago-me,

It’s your future self, all the way from February of 2016. Spoiler alert: it’s going to be cold. But don’t worry, you’ll finally figure out how that complex-looking water heater works, and then you’ll have tea and everything will be okay.

Right now it’s still summer for you. You’re going to start watching your friends leave for school in a couple of weeks, and it’s going to be weird. You’re going to start seeing lots of activity on Facebook from your friends becoming friends with new people at their new schools and that’s going to be weird too. Don’t worry; just accept that things are going to be weird.

In the next couple weeks you’re going to start packing up tons of stuff. You’re going to get to buy new sheets and pillows and fun stuff like that. You’re also going to have to buy a lot of boring stuff like hooks and surge protectors. You’re going to spend a lot of time online trying to find cool dorm crafts, and eventually give up because everything looks too complicated. That’s okay. Your room will look great anyway.

When you get to Brown in a little under a month, you’re going to be meeting a crazy amount of new people. Some of them you’ll never see after orientation, but others will become your friends. You’re going to stress out about not going out enough during orientation, and not getting the full ‘college experience.’ Maybe you could have made a little more of an effort to be social. But you still went to some of the stuff, so good job!

When your classes start you’re going to be a lot busier. You’ll enjoy having more of a schedule, though. You’re going to have some problems when it comes to getting into the classes you want, but everything will work out okay in the end, and you’ll be happy with what you end up taking. You’re going to have some weeks with a crazy amount of stuff going on, and other weeks where you’re actually kind of bored. Try to enjoy the ‘boring’ weeks when you can. You’re going to join a few activities that you’ll attend with varying levels of frequency and enjoyment. Not everything will be a perfect fit, but that’s okay. By trying lots of things, you’ll figure out where you want to spend your time.

By the end of the semester, you’re going to be so ready to go home and not do any work for an entire month. But you’ll be pleased with how everything worked out. You’ll have enjoyed your classes, but be ready to take new ones. You’ll have made some great friends that you’ll enjoy seeing when you come back in January.

Right now, it may seem like the next 6 months are completely up in the air. They could be great or they could be a total mess. As your future self, I can definitely confirm that things will be more on the side of great. Overall, you’re going to be very glad that you came to Brown.

Don’t Forget to be Awesome,


I hope you’re having a fantastic start to the new year! If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below or email me at leah_goldman@brown.edu.



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