Dear Class of 2018,

Congrats! You did it! You made those four years of high school worth it, through the drama, the laughs, and the nights of deep thinking about where your life is going to end up. Trust me, we’ve all had those. So now, you’ve got to get ready for a big change. Your freshman year is approaching and  is like nothing you’ve ever conquered before. I mean it. It’s pretty scary to move away from your family, who you’ve been with your entire life and be thrust out into a sea of people in a town you’ve never lived in, in a house you’ve never lived in, and being able to eat whenever and whatever food you want, and not have to raise your hand for permission to use the bathroom.  This is something to think about while you’re prepping this summer and nervously checking your student portal. Here’s some tips and tricks I learned while being a freshman here at Champlain:


  1. If you have work study, actually go to the fair at the beginning of the year. Dress up and print out copies of your resume, and you’ll get more respect and be more likely to get hired at a  decent job.
  2. Become friends with one or both of your Resident Assistant or RA’s. They have gone through what you have and can help you out with tons of stuff, and also just be a listening ear.
  3. Actually do your homework. All of it. Every night.
  4. It’s ok to switch your major. It doesn’t mean that you’re ruining everything. Pick something you can see yourself doing everyday and loving.
  5. Be considerate to your roommates. Most people are adjusting to having to share a space with someone. If you all have mutual respect  for each other, there should be no problems.
  6. Just because you can eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner doesn’t mean you should.
  7. Don’t skip classes. Reserve the skips you do have for sick days. Because that would be bad if you failed a class because you were actually sick. Do the math, figure out how much you are paying for each class and then decide if it is worth it to miss one.
  8. Don’t overbook yourself. You want to be able to have some time to explore Burlington and meet new people. Those are key parts of the college experience that sometimes people can forget.
  9. Call your parents. They miss you.
  10. Try the fitness center. They have something for everyone, whether you like an intense workout or not. Even if you don’t need to lose the freshman 15 (lucky you), exercise is just about being healthy, inside and out.
  11. Remember that freshman year goes by REALLY quickly. It’s a whirlwind of new experiences and leave yourself open to all possibilities and things out of your comfort zone.

That’s all for now. If you guys ever need any help or advice before or during the school year, just email me at Enjoy your summer and can’t wait to see you in the fall!