Monday, May 23, 2011
To the Class of 2011 (of which we are all members!)
Maybe it's something about this year's spring. The flowering trees, the torrential downpours -- the sweet and the terrifying, mixed together. Maybe it's because my little bebbe of a sister is shedding her high-school skin and enrolling in Northwestern's Class of 2015. (Remember, back in the 90s, when 2015 sounded like the most futuristic date ever? Aaaah my sister is an old alien what is happening...)
Maybe it's because we all just narrowly dodged the wrath of the End of Days (I don't know about you, but my risen, bodiless spirit is typing this from heaven right now. I'm assuming you've all made it as well? Of course you did. My readers are nothing if not virtuous.)
Maybe it's because every day is a graduation. Be it college or high school, when you stride across the stage, and proudly clutch your diploma, a part of you may think, "Hey, I've made it." But it is has only just begun! -- the first of daily endings slash beginnings that comprise your strange and undulating life.
On that uber-saptastic note, here are my five tips for the High School Class of 2011, which is excerpted from a larger piece I'm writing as a graduation present to my little sister, the Young Ricci, entitled "What Nobody Told Me Before I Went to College: A Ballertastic Manual for Ballertastic Individuals." Or something like that.
Five Tips for College Freshman
2. When you first arrive, it will seem like everyone knows more than you. They won't. Or, even if they do, it'll be okay, because it won't matter! Honestly? Who cares about the coursebook, the protocol for dropping courses, applying for pass/fail, or other nuts and bolts of academia? Follow your heart! The rest will follow! Or you'll just get suspended or whatever.
5. DO NOT BRING TOO MUCH STUFF. Repeat: DO NOT BRING TOO MUCH STUFF. If you do, move-out day will be a bitch and a half, and you'll say, "I wish I'd listened to Felicia." I get it, though. You'll obviously want to impress your new classmates, and so will have grand schemes of adorning your dorm room with shabby chic decor, and of looking fabulous day in and day out, even at your 8AM class. But, believe me: after, like, a week of school, you will not care! Also, your roommate will directly sabotage any and all of your attempts to make your environment liveable. But it will be alright! Because you will mostly be wearing sweatpants! And everything feels great in sweatpants! For these reasons, I advise you to pack, like, one pair of pants, and three shirts. Everything else you'll buy at the campus bookstore, or you'll find on the streets when wandering home at 4AM.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Shoot me a comment!