Welcome to Suffolk! As I saw most of the students whom I started with walking on and off stage during this year’s graduation ceremony, I thought about my freshman year. I was in the Class of 2012. You’re all in the Class of 2016. Some of you may end up being in the Class of 2017. Don’t fret — it’s not too uncommon for those who enter college to fall a bit behind. You might be taken aback by workload, your social life may start to change rapidly, or you might just become a lethargic person. If I had to give you some advice, it would be this: know your limits. Don’t think that you can stay out all night and still be able to get to class the next morning, because it gets tiring fast.
You’ll start to trip over your work, causing a snowball effect. You’ll be too scared to ask your professors for help, and the anxiety will overcome. Take a step back — just breathe for a few minutes and ask yourself: what do I need to do? Then do it. That’s college, and in a few years it’ll be the real world. Your friends won’t care if you don’t hang out with them in order to complete school work, and if they do complain then maybe you shouldn’t be friends with them, because they’ve been misinformed about college. It’s expensive. Whether you’re paying yourself, through loans, financial aid, or through your parents — don’t waste the money.
You’re just kicking yourself in the butt if you thought coming here was all fun and games. Sure, there’s fun to be had, but I know first hand that sometimes fun can lead to regret. Suffolk has lots of opportunities, as does Boston itself. Take advantage, have fun, and excel in passion. This is a changing world, and we’re the generation that will help transform it.
–Ethan M. Long