My little brother is headed off to college next week. I went to Houston in May to watch him graduate, and I couldn't believe that the baby of our family has grown into such an amazing young man.
David, I remember being in the same exact spot you are now, excited to start this next chapter of my life, but scared to leave my family and my home. It seemed like everyone wanted to give me advice before I left, mostly of things I SHOULDN'T do. So I've decided to leave you with some advice of my own, things I think you SHOULD DO during these next four years of your life.
FIND A CHURCH (or a youth group or campus ministry group to join). You're going to get to college and believe it or not you're going to miss the faith base you had at Houston Christian. Find a group where you can continue to grow in your faith.
GO TO CLASS. Mom's not going to be there to drag you out of bed and make sure you get to school on time, and it's so tempting to skip. Go to class, you'll end up making lots of friends, and just being there is the easiest way to get good grades.
MAKE LOTS OF FRIENDS. The people I met in college have become my closest friends. You'll experience so many things with these people so have fun, and value them. These will be the friends you'll have for the rest of your life.
GO ON DATES. You're going to meet a ton of new girls, go on dates. Find out the qualities that you do and don't like, and don't ever feel like you have to settle. The right person will come along. Remember to be kind though, because these girls probably have a brother (or three) just like me.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO CALL HOME. Know that you can always call us, even if it's 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the morning, we'll always be here for you. Don't forget to call mom once in a while too, it'll make her day.
EXPLORE WHAT YOU LOVE. You literally have a world of opportunities ahead of you. Find out what you love, and do just that. As long as you are doing what makes you happy, you're always going to find a way to be successful.
TRAVEL. Some of the most fun I had in college was when we decided to take last minute road trips. Take the opportunity to explore new places!
And the only DON'T on my list? Don't be afraid to be yourself, because you are amazing.
Bud, I am so proud of you, and amazed at the loving, courageous, and fun loving man you've become. Have fun starting this next chapter, I know they're going to be some of the best years of your life.