March 20, 2012
Dear future University of Memphis Student,
I am writing to you as a current freshman at the University of Memphis! Now, which will be ages to you, I am in the same position you are in. You are probably sitting in class with one of my great-grandchildren, and it will be hard to believe that I was once a gullible freshman entering the new and exciting world of being in college. Finally out of your parents house and somewhat independent seems like a dream come true. However, it is easy to become distracted by this newly found freedom, and to neglect your duties as a college student. Speaking from experience, it is vital that you stay focused on excelling in school. Take all classes serious; even those that are not a requirement like ACAD. Classes like ACAD are designed to introduce you to the academic challenges of college, and give you tips that are life-long. The staff members are there to assist you as much as they possibly can, so do not take them for granted. I know that there are some days where you do not feel like going to class, doing any work, or doing anything that involves thinking. Everyone has felt that way at some point in their life, no matter how successful they may become. If others are able to achieve their goals in life, then so can you. We all have to start out as college freshman and work hard every semester to have the life that we want. My advice would be for you to continue to work hard and stay on the right track. No matter what year it is, college is going to test your intellect, and there are probably tons of new technologies to learn. In the end, once you graduate and establish yourself in your career, you will look back at this time in your life and know that you made the right decisions.
John A. Smith