Growin’ Up : A blog about life after Smith my Lauren Kaelin ’10 – Words of Wisdom

November 11, 2010

I’m back from a quick sojourn in the Pioneer Valley. Not gonna lie, that was kind of rough and a little overwhelming. It’s hard to go back and see all those places and realize they aren’t really yours anymore.

But it was so beautiful.

Mums, mimosas, and my beautiful, beautiful house. New first years– the traditions continue and it feels so good to see that.

So, whether I’m qualified to give them or not. Here are my words of wisdom, advice for your remaining semesters, Smithies.

Wake up for breakfast. Go to class, but if you have to choose between getting sleep and reading a 45 page article on the Disneyfication of Urban Spaces– go to sleep. Audition for The Vagina Monologues. Go to the Summit House at Mt. Holyoke, the art museum, Salvation Army, and Goodwill. Get into trouble, but not TOO much trouble. Go out on weeknights. Go to a poetry reading. Celebrate, dance on tables, step outside your comfort zone. Write a strongly worded e-mail. Sit in the greenhouse and enjoy the fake bird sounds. Don’t get too stressed. Become friends with your professors. Thank your housekeeper. And above all, savor the time with your friends. After you graduate you’ll go to different places, different countries, and pursue your different dreams. So lie in bed on Saturday mornings and watch TV.

A special shout out to all those dancing, performing, shouting, and lighting a candle at Celebration tonight.

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