5 Tips for High School Grads about College

5 Tips for High School Grads about College

I gave my advice for Greenwich High seniors about college on Greenwich Free Press!

That image you have of yourself as a senior four years from now, valedictorian and accepted to a great law school? Yeah, probably not. Very few of my friends wound up where they expected to be as freshmen, and that isn’t a bad thing. When I arrived at Wesleyan, I thought I would be an English major with a concentration in creative writing, and after graduation I would become a literary agent and work for a massive publishing house in Manhattan. Instead I took courses that interested me as an underclassman and found myself drawn to the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. My senior thesis was an anthology of short fiction exploring the potential of feminist erotica, and I am about to move to California to intern with a women’s erotica publishing house. Is this what I planned when I was 18? Definitely not, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Be open to deviating from your plan, because you might wind up somewhere far more suited to you and your passions.

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Ella Dawson is a sex and culture critic and a digital strategist. She drinks too much Diet Coke.

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