Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dear college student Gwen,

Day 23 (oh, we're sooooo close!) - Things you've learned that school won't teach you.

I've seen other bloggers write "letters to my former self" posts and I've never really been into that, but as it turns out, that's the approach I'm going with here. These are things I wish I could go back and tell my college self.

1. Don't be fooled by how "easy" high school was; college is different and you WILL need to study.

2. When your freshman adviser counsels you to not pursue a double major in accounting and music, don't listen to her. Recognize that it will be a lot of work, but go for it! And if/when you realize that accounting isn't the right fit, don't continue.

3. Even though you're good with numbers, you know nothing about managing your own money. Fix that.

4. You will be tempted to drop out of choir after freshman year. Don't do it. You'll meet some of your very best friends, including your husband. (Obviously I didn't drop out - just felt the need to reiterate it to my dumb 18 year old self.)

5. Look into studying abroad.

6. If you didn't pay attention to #2 above, when you have the choice between a vocal competition and working on April 15th at your job in a CPA office, opt for the singing. Seriously. You're still a college student. Enjoy it.


  1. Pretty stoked you never dropped out of choir after your freshman year :-) xoxo

  2. Awww, I heart Aaron!!

    I dropped out of choir my freshman year and is still regret it.

    I see this "letter to teenage/college self" on a lot of blogs. Lol, I'm afraid mine would be a novel.

    I love your honesty.

    You go Gwen Coco (I'm sorry, I'm never gonna get sick of saying that!)

  3. ahh love this so much. except highschool was harder than college, i wish i would have taken it easy more!

  4. Oh! You must have a lovely voice!

  5. I teach at a university and I HATE when advisors tell students not to do things like double major, study abroad, take a random class, etc. Some students really do need that guidance, but you need to make decisions for yourself sometimes and if you fail at something, so be it. That's how you learn.

    I seriously think academic advisers are brainwashed to not allow students to explore, take risks, and do something like major in accounting and music.


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