37 Things I Want My Little To Know


Dear incredible, smart, strong, fierce little,

As I sit here avoiding my responsibilities, I think about you. I think about how everything must seem so new and exciting, and it is. But there’s also a few things you should know before diving head first into this whole college thing. I know that you are going to miss me once I graduate, but before that happens, I would like to leave you with some pieces of advice that I have accumulated throughout my time in college. So listen up, because after all, Big knows best.

  1. Make ALL the mistakes—seriously. There is no better time in you life to totally screw something up and to learn from it. Whether it be that loser senior you hooked up with freshman year or that test you bombed, don’t sweat it. You’ll survive.
  2. Take pictures.
  3. And screenshots.
  4. Go out on Thursdays. Thursdays always have the best stories.
  5. For the love of all that is good on this green Earth, live a little.
  6. Don’t be afraid to show up looking like complete shit (and maybe a little hungover) to your  8 a.m. on Friday. The post-grad world will not accept your messy bun and makeup from the night before like a classroom full of equally hungover college students will.
  7. Drink white wine. It won’t give you a hangover like that pink stuff will, and it won’t make you gain weight like beer.
  8. Don’t drink Fireball… and if when you do, try and remember the night it totally fucked you over (because you will laugh about it later).
  9. Try your best in school. Stay up all night studying for a test so you can feel good about going out the night it’s over. Your education comes first, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a little fun along the way.
  10. Eat your weight in pizza.
  11. Eat your weight in snacks.
  12. Go to the gym at least twice a week. Or once a week. Or even once a month. Or maybe just power walk to class.
  13. Don’t waste your money on all those fancy drinks at Starbucks. Get a venti regular coffee, iced. It tastes just as good and will actually keep you awake for studying instead of putting you into a sugar coma.
  14. Go to mixers. You only have four years to dress up like a sports star, sailor, animal, or what not on a Thursday night and it be totally normal.
  15. Get involved in school. You’ll need to have something on your resume besides partying being in a sorority.
  16. Make friends outside of girls in our sorority. Greek life is full of awesome people just like you and me; the more Panhel love, the better.
  17. Talk to that cute boy you met at the bar.
  18. Avoid the creepy ones you drunkenly gave your number to.
  19. And if that cute boy from the bar breaks your heart, tell me — your Big.
  20. I’ll kick his ass. Or buy you ice cream and watch rom-coms with you. Whatever Little wants, Little gets.
  21. Don’t Tinder.
  22. Just don’t.
  23. Wear your letters every day. Be proud, be an example, and be humble.
  24. Don’t be afraid to act like a total goof—I lead by example.
  25. Learn to like tequila shots. They’re cheap and get you to that perfect level of dance-on-the-table drunk
  26. Learn to make delicious Jell-O shots. The trick is to mix them well.
  27. Dance like there’s no one watching.
  28. But remember that people are actually watching and could be Snapchatting you, so keep your legs closed and keep the strip-teases to a minimum.
  29. Catch people in the act when they dance like there is no one watching, especially your sisters.
  30. Do not be ashamed to take a selfie when you know you look good.
  31. Find your person.
  32. Watch Grey’s Anatomy—if you do not live by this show, I didn’t raise you right
  33. Call me. Whether it’s three in the morning and you need a ride a home, or you need someone to tell you if an outfit looks stupid, or if you haven’t heard from me in weeks because real life has taken over. I miss you just as much as you miss me.
  34. Love your letters.
  35. Love yourself.
  36. Love your time here.
  37. And most importantly, love your little as much as I love you.

You have four years. Take a chance. Take one shot too many. Follow your dreams. And most importantly, live it up because the adult world isn’t as fun as those late nights you spent walking home from the bars, arm in arm with your sisters. Make the best of your time here, and make everlasting friendships. If all else fails, remember that you have me. I promise I will always love you, protect you, and cherish you, no matter where life takes us.

You know you love me,

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