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Today is move-in day for the freshman at my Alma mater. Can you believe it’s been 5 years since I graduated and 8 years since I was moving into the dorms? Yikes. Our alumni association started a trend on twitter asking for advice for the students’ first days. After writing out a few contrived “ring before spring” hate notes I found the heart of the advice I was dishing. Ready? Ahem….

There will be good days. There will be bad days. There will be days where anger boils over and words are shared you wish you could take back. There will be moments of extreme laughter where tears crawl down your cheeks. There will be days you wish you could be anywhere but where you are. There will be days when life seems perfect and days when you wish it would end. There will be no two days that play out the same and that’s ok.

You will feel heartbreak, disappointment, and loneliness. You will love harder than you’ve ever loved before. You will feel convicted, driven and passionate. You will change everything about yourself. You are going to make HUGE mistakes and that’s ok.

Don’t let love beat the life out of you. Don’t let your passion be drowned or crushed by liars and competitors. Find what makes you want to get up in the morning and hold on to it with every muscle in your body. I repeat, do not let someone crush your passion. Once you do, it’s a long journey to rebuild it.

If this happens, have faith. I’ve learned that there is beauty and restoration after pain. You will find yourself again. You will rebuild, and you will be better than you ever imagined. Have hope. You can do all things…

Oh, and have fun. For all that is holy, have fun! Don’t take life so seriously because someday you are going to have to pay off those student loans and take care of a house or dog or spouse or goldfish or something. But honestly, don’t take everything so seriously.

College is great. Life afterwards is greater. You can do all things…

In honor of all this college talk I will now make me some easy-mac and play video games in my sweatpants. Cheerio!

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