Dear Erica...

Last night I watched my "cousin" Erica graduate from High School. All I kept thinking, was that it felt like just yesterday I was in her shoes.

I'm so excited for her. She has a world of opportunities before her, and I'll be anxious to see what this next chapter brings. After my own college experiences, I have some "wisdom" to pass on to my oh-so-grown-up-baby-cousin...
Dear Erica,

I am so proud of you! You've made it through high school, and you've done it with an attitude that was far better than mine. You've managed to stay true to who you are, and held tight to your values, and that is a quality that not a lot of girls your age have.

Now, I know a lot of people won't say this, but I'm so glad that you're leaving Texas to go to school. Don't take this the wrong way, we'll miss you tons, but going of out of state for college was the best decision I ever made. I have no doubt that you'll have an experience just as great as mine. You'll get to meet a whole new group of friends, and Texas will always be waiting for you when you want to come back. Enjoy.

I was thinking last night at your graduation about some of the things I know now about college, that I wish I would have known back then.
  • It's all about the girls - sounds weird, but I'm serious. I have no doubt that the friends you make in college, will be the ones you have for the rest of your life. Find good friends (the nice girls) and cherish them. Be silly, stay up late, and have sleepovers with everyone piled in your tiny dorm room. "Girl time" after graduation will be few and far between.
  • Go to class - Not to sound like a parent, but it's the easiest way to make a good grade. If you go, the teacher likes you = good grade. Don't go, he doesn't even know you = bad grade. Easy as that. Plus, you never know who you'll meet!
  • Date lots of boys - (sorry if I get you in trouble for saying this, I know you have a bf, and I really like him I swear). Again, sounds weird, but I'm serious. The more guys you date, the better idea you'll have about the kind of person who's right for you. I dated some SERIOUS losers, but I don't regret it because it helped me learn what I don't want.
  • Find out what you love - Now is the time. You can honestly do WHATEVER you want, so figure out what is it that you love, and do just that.
My last little bit of "wisdom" is to enjoy. Have fun, make new friends, cheer loud at those football games, laugh and love a lot. And if you fall down and "skin your knee", your family is always here to help you get back up.

love you lots, and "geaux tigers"!

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7 comments :

Emily said...

This is such great advice!

Brianna said...

Bri - I gotta say.... I'm a college counselor actually, and that's some of the best, simple advice I have heard for a soon-to-be college student. You should write a book on that!

Alyx said...

These is great advice! I'm sure she'll be super thankful to you for it!

Kendra // The Darling Blog said...

You have some very good advice for her and any girl that's graduating!

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

Dropping over to say hi from Hollie's ditty!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

CONGRATS! I love the advice you gave her, oh so true!

Mo (New on U) said...

Such good advice! I particularly agree with the "It's all about the girls" part - it really, really is!

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