A Letter to the Class of 2018

Dear Class of 2018,

Your boxes are unloaded and your parents have begrudgingly brought your contraband bed risers home. Congratulations, you’ve made it. College!

Whether you’re living on Newton or Upper, your freshman year awaits you, and with it will come both struggles and triumphs. You will have questions. Here are some answers.

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Billy Foshay/Gavel Media.

You may have a rough weekend here or there, and you may fail a mid-term along the way (speaking from experience here, avoid Intro to Spaceweather at all costs). Whatever mishaps lie in your path, there is one positive certainty that you should remember: you’re going to have more fun at Boston College than you ever thought would be possible.

You may cry, you will laugh, and you will almost certainly fall in love with this school. To minimize the tears and maximize the laughs, I would offer one simple piece of advice.

Find your THING. You know, the one thing that makes you feel included, one group that welcomes you with open arms. Find a family. Don’t be content with the group of friends you will inevitably make in your dorm--branch out. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with dorm friends. In fact, they will most likely become your best friends and roommates over the next four years.

Just find something that can give your time at Boston College meaning. Next Friday you will have a chance to walk around the Student Involvement Fair and see all of the different student groups in action. Put your e-mail address on every list that looks vaguely interesting.

Find a volunteer club and completely throw yourself into the work. Rising in the ranks will help develop your leadership abilities, your diplomacy skills and your patience. Join a club sports team. Join a dance team. Most importantly, join anything.

As Robin Williams declared in the Dead Poets Society, “You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. Don't be resigned to that. Break out!"

And if you feel compelled to break out and find your voice with The Gavel, welcome friend. I hope to see you next Friday.

Best of luck,

Emily Akin
Editor in Chief

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