Dear freshmen

September 22, 2016


Rachel Maxwell
Editor-In-Chief | ram049@latech.edu

This column is directed at the freshmen that have recently begun finding their place here at Louisiana Tech.

You are a couple of weeks in, and it has probably been a strange time for you. It may feel confusing, and you may feel out of place.

I think a lot about my first few months here. Coming to Tech, I thought I knew exactly who I was and what I wanted out of my college experience.

Since that first quarter in the fall of 2014, I have changed more than I ever thought possible.

I know that you have probably been given a million pieces of unsolicited advice about college, but here is one more: keep in mind that you are in the midst of one of the most tumultuous times in your life.

If you do not feel the same as you did a year ago, that is OK. If you do not feel the same as you did yesterday, that is OK. You will change your mind about things you never thought you would waver on. You will do things you never thought you were capable of.

When you mess up, remember that everyone around you is messing up too. When you get hurt, remember that you have probably hurt someone else before. If you haven’t, you will.

Cut yourself some slack, cut others the same slack.

When I finish my college career in two years, I will probably look back the version of myself that wrote this column and laugh at how much I thought I knew.

I’m excited for everything between this moment and that one.

Rachel Maxwell is a junior journalism major from Benton who serves as editor-in-chief for The Tech Talk.


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