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To the Seniors on their last first week of college.

I know how excited you are.

And also how very tired you must be. You have worked so hard to make it to this year. So here are a few things that I wanted to give you before you hit the ground running.

1. It is okay to have senioritis.

Because without this you will not be nearly as excited, elated, or relieved when you graduate. This is healthy because it is preparing you for moving on to bigger and better things in life instead of dwelling on your years in school (remember those people who couldn't stop talking about high school and how annoying they were). You are over college and that is fine. It just means you are starting to prepare yourself to go off into the world.

2. Your friends will most likely change a bit.

This was a hard one for me. My circle of friends has significantly changed since graduating, but I promise you it is for the greater good. In school we are forced to be around people in classes, shows, sororities/fraternities, and we have to get along with them because if you don't then your not going to be a happy person. This is fine for school, but for your graduated life start looking at friendships from an outside perspective. One friendship of mine came to end because I simply saw that it wasn't a healthy one. It does not mean I hate the person or love them less it just means that my inner circle changed a bit. Please start looking at the friendships that make you a better person. That truly love you and don't take advantage of you. This is the hardest advice I can give you.

3. Your mentors are human.

You will be let down by them if you put them on a pedestal of perfection. These could be leaders in your school, church, professors, and friends. I used to be so incredibly angry when I would see quite clearly a mentor of mine make a mistake. If I am allowed to make mistakes they are too. I still have problems swallowing my pride and forgiving those who were supposed to lead me, but that is unfair. You will grow up the most here.

4. Take time for yourself.

Start practicing for the real world now. Do not be that adult that takes on so much that you get sick. You can't do that on the job because that is unprofessional. Start choosing healthy choices like going to bed early, eating better, skipping that fast food run, go on a walk with a friend and have a real conversation without your damn phone. This will make you a happier human and in the end you will be prepared to mentally take on the hard things that are thrown your way.

5. Why wait?

Take every tiny chance you have and grab it. Life is too short to be wasting any time. Want to write a play? Do it! Do you want to get healthier? Why wait for tomorrow? Travel! Live life! Learn a new skill! If there is an opportunity to be a happier person and experience something then do it now.

6. There will be more first days of school.

My fellow actors out there are lucky because every new show is a first day of school. There are also first days on the job, first day of meeting a new group of people, or going to live in a new area. These first days motivate
you to put your best foot forward and have new goals. Never stop having these first days.

Best of luck to all my friends who are still in school and striving towards their dreams. I love you and cannot wait to see all that you have accomplished in a year. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help in this time. You will need it. :)


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