To all the newly accepted Dukes,
I am extremely jealous of you.
The last three and a half years have been the best years of my life. Disney Land has nothing on us, JMU is the real happiest place on Earth.
I’m writing to you today because we won’t cross paths on the quad, or sit next to one another in a gen-ed science class. I want to pass on some words of advice before I enter the real world.
Sadly, my journey at James Madison University is coming to an end in a few months. The experiences I have lived will soon fade into memories. It might sound cliche, but time really does go faster each semester, so you need to cherish every minute of it.
It’s incredible to see my growth from a prospective student visiting JMU for Choices, to a second semester senior looking for a job, wishing I could go back to FROG week.
My JMU experience has made me who I am today. I learned a lot from this school, my professors, and the lifelong friends I have developed in my time here. When you step on campus, you’ll be beginning your own journey of personal growth and discovery, while having more fun than you could ever imagine.
Get involved. Try new things. JMU has a plethora of clubs and activities that will allow you to meet new people, learn new knowledge, and have fun. I joined a fraternity and participated in marketing competitions. Others play club sports, lead student government, join Younglife, sing for Exit 245, or play with the Marching Royal Dukes. When in JMU, do as the Dukes do. There is something for everyone; you just have to explore and find what’s best for you.
These different experiences will help you grow and discover yourself these next four years (or five if you’re lucky enough to pull a victory lap). My biggest piece of senior wisdom is to see what’s out there. I have loved everything at JMU, I just wish I had time to do more.
If you have the opportunity to study abroad, go. If you’re considering joining a fraternity or sorority, rush. If you want to start a new club, do it. Your college experience is what you make it. JMU provides the canvas for you to paint whatever picture you want.
Enjoy FROG week while it lasts. I look back at the ridiculous name games and Mappy’s and smile. The first week of college without class is something you won’t experience again. I met my best friends during this week, and there’s a good chance you will too.
I know this post might be hard to comprehend before you move into your dorms, but I can guarantee it will resonate with you before you graduate.
Good luck and go Dukes,