Dear Freshman Louisa,
1. Take a good look at Duke: you will not be spending much time here. On that note:Just urbandictionary “darty” if knowing what it means is that important to you andyeah, winter break is going to suck just as much as you think it willRemember the girl you saw everyone become besties with for two weeks at the beginning of the year and then never speak to again? Yeah, you’re going to have that too, right now. Hold off on planning your dream house.Don’t stop meeting new people!!!!! Some of your best memories will be with people whose names you don’t remember. Not in the gross way.P.S. Future self: PROGRAM HOUSES
Dear Sophomore Louisa,Admirable as it is that you’ve suddenly decided film is your true calling, maybe start out with one class just to test it. Maybe don’t take all the requirements in a single semester.Now that you’ve changed your mind about film, please do not do the same thing with English second semester. Also, start checking out the whole extracurricular thing— people really seem to like it.Having fully prepared yourself for both the English and film majors, you should definitely register as a Classics major. This is a well-considered decision and you will not regret it.
Dear Junior Louisa,Congratulations on returning to the English major! While it’s great fun to call yourself an “all or nothing” person with regards to almost anything, maybe take a step back when that thing is your schedule. For example, maybe take half the activities that left you half-dead and exhausted first semester, and shift them over to second semester, which you spent in a state of semi-conscious recovery.Try to take from the school what you thought it would be when you got here. Be aggressively loud about something irrelevant. Embarrass yourself at least once a week. Freely admit that you’re wrong with no negative connotation attached to the word. It may be a while before you’re once again so encouraged to explore.