The Beginning of the Best Four Years of Your Life

The view from my senior year dorm room at Princeton University.

The view from my senior year dorm room at Princeton University.

Today marks the official move-in day for freshmen at my alma mater, Princeton University. A truly exciting and memorable day for students, their families, faculty, and the university. The beginning of something special, extraordinary, and life-changing. A new batch of young Tigers eager to live on their own, make their mark, meet new people, and traverse that path which we call college. Oh, and no more of that 7:45 am – 2:30 pm high school stuff.

You, college freshmen, are about to embark on a journey that will challenge you, confuse you, amaze you, surprise you, drain you, and inspire you. Everything that you expected and anticipated college to be like, throw it out the window. Clear your mind and start fresh. Soak it all in at first, but be ready for all the ups and downs, lefts and rights. Embrace them. The college experience is a unique chapter in your life, and the world awaits to hear your story.

To say that my college experience was too amazing for words is a gross understatement. I was fortunate enough to receive a wonderful education, interact with some of the world’s brightest, and make the bestest of best friends. I have zero regrets, and if I could do it again, I would in a flash. If i were to impart a couple tips to those just beginning their college careers, they would be:

  1. Meet as many fellow students as you can – For me, the people defined my college experience. You will meet fellow students from all walks of life, all with a different background, and all with a different story to tell. Some will become great friends, a few may not. But in the end, all of you are all linked by a common bond; for myself, that was being a Princeton Tiger. You all chose your respective colleges for different reasons, but you will all go through the same 4 years together, and that bond is invaluable.
  2. Explore all opportunities – Whether it’s academics or extracurriculars, or something else, explore everything that your school has to offer. I couldn’t reiterate this point enough. While 4 years is a long time, 4 years is also a short time, and making the most of your 4 years is crucial to a successful college experience. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to be involved in everything, rather it means that you have to do your best to consider everything. Explore everything and everywhere, because it may lead you to new people, new inspirations, and new aspirations.
  3. Laugh, Laugh, Laugh. No more explanation is needed. Just do it.

Congratulations Class of 2017, and best of luck to you all.

Cheers.

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