Dear 18 Year Old Self,
Things are about to change for you. In a short time, you’ll be leaving Florida and heading off to college. You will learn to adjust and adapt to your new surroundings, but it will all work out. It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but it’s going to be a transformational phase, and it’ll point you in the direction for the rest of your life.
In these last few months before you head off to college, continue to focus on your studies. I’m sure you’d much rather be in the back yard catching passes and getting ready for the college game, but you have the opportunity to go to Duke University, don’t push the academics off to the side. Listen to mom and dad, they know what they are talking about – you better do your schoolwork before you go out and play.
The opportunity you have in front of you, embrace it. Attending Duke will not be easy, and it will be an eye-opening experience. Keep your head up and don’t give up. They aren’t kidding, the world really is your oyster during those four years – take advantage of every opportunity that you get – you really can do whatever you put your heart and mind to. Don’t be afraid to be ambitious.
Right now traveling outside the United States is not on your radar, but it will be, so keep an open mind. Little do you know, you will travel all over the world, and you will experience so much. You are going to grow and experience the world in a way that mom and dad didn’t have the opportunity to, nor did you growing up. Take advantage of it.
You’re going to experience so much in the next 20-plus years. You’ll see things and do things that you had never dreamed of doing. Your passion for sport is going to launch you into a career that you did not think was possible. You’re going to love your job, the person you have become, and you won’t want to change a second of it.
Get ready; you’re in for an amazing journey.