Tomorrow is the day for all freshmen. It’s an exciting day and I still remember how awkward yet great it felt to finally start with university. In a way I have the chance to revive old times by being a mentor for the new students of Philosophy & Economics here in Bayreuth. I’m really stoked to meet them all and see how the "new generation" will be like.
Being through two semesters already, one could think it’s quite easy to give guidance and to help out with numerous advices. But of course, it’s not that simple. Sure, you can tell them quite a bit how university life is like, which things they should pay attention to and so on. However, words are cheap and mostly those advices are too fuzzy or detailed to have a lasting impact. So, what to tell them actually?
"Listen to your body, listen to your soul." – this is crucial I think. I remember it like it’s been yesterday how inspired yet how struck I was by all the awesome things my fellow freshmen had done before. The tendency towards some kind of comparing is only human, yet at some point it is essential to overcome that. Sure enough one wants to be as awesome as the others seem be from one’s limited point view. But this is not the path of happiness. It’s way more important to listen to the signals your body and your soul (I know, this sounds a bit esoteric) sends you. Often not trying really hard to be awesome, makes one awesome at all.
In a nutshell, to find and keep one’s balance is the most vital thing in times of great changes. I can’t say that I’ve been very successful in accomplishing that yet, but yes, this is what I’ll tell them.