I wrote it my junior year at the request of my classmate Gladys. It's purpose was to reflect over the past few years of college and give advice to the freshman me. As I prepare for graduation that's quickly approaching I reflect over this letter. My counselor suggested I write a letter to myself as a reminder of what actions work when I become overwhelmed. My original letter still helps but I'll write another one. This is a great activity. It's a great way to keep faith and stay encouraged.
P.S. Check out Gladys' website Get Livted (IG: getlivted)
A Letter to My FAMU SelfCongratulations you made it to FAMU. You’ve been waiting your entire life to attend this prestigious university. Making the Dean’s list is no issue for you. But I also can tell that there is something in you. You have so much potential inside of you. Now it’s time to let it out.
Girl have confidence in yourself. Do not doubt yourself. Make decisions for yourself. College is about finding out who you are. You can and you will break the mold. You are going through a metamorphosis.
Sweetheart why are you sitting in the room? Get out and network. You need to make a lasting impression. You may know them but honey do they know you? Remember the first impression is a lasting impression. So take pride in your appearance. No wrinkles, face beat, and hair laid. So spend the extra time ironing clothes. You have beautiful skin so make-up isn’t needed all the time. But it’s okay for you to dabble. And please do something about your hair. Pay someone to do it or learn how to do it yourself. Barter if you have to. The cameras are always lurking. Every day is photo op. It’s time to stock up on your business casual. You want to look the part.
Continue to grow spiritually. You can still be a Christian and have fun in college. God brought you this far do not drop him when you get to college. This is the time when you can fully experience him by yourself. The responsibility of going to church is all on you now. Mommy and Daddy aren’t here to wake you up for church. You’ll have fun. Trust me.
Mediocrity will not do at FAMU. So strive to excel. Great opportunities come with networking and academics. You will have fun at the campus events and joining various organizations on campus is a great way to make friends. If you need to take a year to figure out what to join that is fine. No need to jump on the bandwagon. But be heavily involved in your major. So the FAMUAN, WANM, and JOURNEY Magazine need to be on the top of your list. And Association of Black Journalists is a great organization. Save your money so you can attend the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair in the summer.
Do not be afraid to apply for scholarships and internships. You are only hurting yourself when you do not apply. You know your out-of-state tuition needs to be paid. And an internship can turn into a job. You have nothing to lose.
Lastly let’s talk about relationships. Your relationship depends on you and your boyfriend. There is nothing wrong with being in a relationship as a freshman. Everyone is different. Some never get in a relationship while they’re in college and that’s fine too. But do not get in a relationship without a purpose. That is a waste of time for the both of you. People will tell you that you are still growing into your own person so being in a relationship is not good. But you are always growing, so find someone you are willing to grow with.
If you do all of this your college years will be fun and memorable. You do not want to reflect over your life and say “I wish I had…” Enjoy your college years. You are a Rattler so STRIKE, STRIKE, and STRIKE AGAIN!
Relax, Relate, Release,