Words of Advice for Next Year’s Gap Transition

By: Annie Gordon

  1. Don’t let winter term phase you – it’s not what Elon is actually like.
  2. Freshman year is hard and you’ll call your mom more than you thought.
  3. Speaking from experience, don’t wear a lanyard around your neck. It’s a freshman faux pas.
  4. Do not underestimate how windy North Carolina is. Bring your puffy from NOLS. And a wind jacket. And a facemask.
  5. Hang out with your fellow gappers but don’t let them become a social safety blanket.
  6. It can be a rude awakening to be living with new people who don’t approach conflict and setting boundaries that same way you learned to during Gap.
  7. Avoid the second floor girls’ bathroom in Alamance at all costs.
  8. It won’t come together all once – give it around 7-8 weeks.
  9. Those 7-8 weeks and the weeks to come will go by faster than you could ever imagine.
  10. Give yourself credit for the things that are going well.

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