honest advice from honestly nice people
If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume that you made it through the awesomeness that is Line Camp. You have left some sick dance moves on the Roxy Grove stage. You have eaten the milk and cookies. You have thrown the sic ‘ems. And most importantly, you’ve made some of your first Baylor friends and participated in the first of many Baylor traditions. Hopefully you’ve embraced the Baylor spirit and are hyped-up for Welcome Week and the semester to come. So, what now? What do I do with the weeks and months standing between me and the amazing times ahead? Here’s how to make the best use of the rest of your summer:
1. Enjoy your home while you can
This may sound counterintuitive – we just talked about how awesome Baylor is – but this is the biggest piece of advice I can give you. Particularly if you’ve lived in one place for your entire life, you might be surprised how much you miss home once you’re settled into college life. Around November of my freshman year, I started missing my cat (and I’m a dog person).
Even as a sophomore, I found I missed my brother and sisters. The people and things you’ve been around your entire life – siblings, friends, familiar places, etc. – are not going to be as accessible in the coming months, if at all. So, go have an adventure with your friends. Make a few more stops at your favorite after-school hangout. Play a board game with your siblings. Let the sweet old lady down the street give you the advice you think you don’t need. Allow yourself to be where you are before you head off to the next great adventure.
2. Keep up with your new friends...or prepare to make others
For some people, Line Camp is the source of great friends. Coming from a small town where I didn’t necessarily fit in, Line Camp is where I found my people for the first time. I made one of my best friends at Line Camp, and we just Skyped the other day to check in with one another. If that’s the case for you, make sure to keep up with these people. One thing I’ve learned at Baylor is that friendship takes work, especially if you don’t share classes with your friend. Text them now that camp is over, and make time to have meals or do activities together during the semester. It might not end up working out, but you might also have met a friend for life.
For others, it’s a fun time, but the relationships are temporary. I know someone who doesn’t talk to anyone from their Line Camp group. If this is you, that’s totally okay. Baylor has about 14,000 undergraduate students – there’s bound to be someone you’ll click with. Don’t be disheartened!
3. Start preparing now
Please don’t do like I did and pack your entire life the night before.
You don’t have to have everything in boxes now, but there are certainly things you can do to prepare. For example, do some research into what to bring. My freshman year, a friend who was a senior wrote an article on unorthodox things to bring to college, and to this day, I don’t regret getting a physical alarm clock. A quick Google search should bring up plenty of “to-bring” lists for college freshmen, and there are upperclassmen who are happy to give advice (ex. your Line Camp Leader). Also, go ahead and start looking for textbooks and the like. Pro tip: there’s a Free and For Sale Facebook page specifically for Baylor where upperclassmen will advertise books they no longer need (but, as always, use caution when planning to meet someone you’ve only met online). Channel the Line Camp excitement into getting prepared so your semester will be that much less stressful.
To conclude, don’t overlook this transition time. The fall semester may seem ages away, but there’s lots of fun and important stuff to do in the meantime. You are now part of that good old Baylor Line, and you’re about to have the year of your life. The next round of sic ‘ems and fun times can wait just a little bit longer.