Dear 18 year old Quinn,
Before you read the rest of this, I want you to stop and take a minute to be thankful for where you are and where you're going.
Congratulations! You're heading to Smith College in the fall. Be excited. Be nervous. Be curious. The next four years will be like nothing you can ever imagine. There will definitely be some lows, but just wait. Those lows will push you to grow and change in ways that will bring you to some unbelievable highs. Right now, you may be losing a team, but in a few short months, you'll be gaining a family.
Walking onto campus the first time you’ll probably be intimidated and a bit overwhelmed. It’s OK if you get lost finding class in Seelye -- no one really knows their way around. But do get to know the campus and the people. Find a favorite study spot, walk through the gardens, get to know the CC Cafe staff, find a good napping spot, and find the free coffee. Whatever you do in your four years at Smith, enjoy it. Yes, you will spend most of your time reading or meeting for group projects, but don’t forget to take breaks and be thankful.