Dear 17 year old me,
You may not know this yet, but your life is about to change drastically. By this point, you're more than likely starting your second semester of your senior year and you are fantasizing about what it'll be like crossing that stage, getting your diploma, and committing to your college of choice. You're proud of yourself, and you have good reason to be! You've given your all these past 12 years, made a lot of memories, and you have left a legacy worth claiming.
I know it's easy to get carried away with all the hype surrounding your graduation, but I implore you to slow down. You read me right, slow down. Stop for a second, look around, appreciate those people that are around you. Hang out with your childhood friends (most of whom have probably committed to another college by now) as much as you can because you probably won't see them much anymore, if ever again. Tell your parents you love them. They go out of their way day in and day out to provide you with the means for success, all while showering you with praises of affirmation. Listen to those who have gone before you; seek out guidance from older friends, parents, or mentors that have recently left college or are in college currently; they will be the ones that let you know what to bring into your dorm to make it feel like home. Lastly, slow down and smile. It's easy to get overwhelmed with all of these life-altering decisions being thrust upon you at once. Have faith in God and in yourself; everything will work out for the best.
I'm excited to see what the future has in store for us. Already, so much has happened in our life, but you've rolled with the punches and made the most of every situation. Don't worry too much; life is a rollercoaster and we are just here for the ride.