A letter to my sophomore self

Hopefully the residents and townies of Bloomington are not completely drenched in sweat from this scorching summer heat (I know I am because Texas is basically an inferno in the summer). I'll be visiting my favorite college town in July and I can't wait to take in that college town feeling again.

But we have more important things to discuss.

What's next for Miller? (Besides working as a full time nanny)


I've already gone through choosing classes (THOUGH THE SCHEDULING OFFICE KEEPS MESSING IT UP)

And I basically have a full, authentic college year under my belt. So what could possibly go wrong?


So I've decided to write myself a letter, to read in the future, that can be applied to any one going into another year of college - because honestly, I still don't know what I'm doing.

Here it goes.

Dear My Sophomore Self,

School is back in session. College football is about to start, hopefully you've moved into the sorority house (peace luv alpha gams!!!) and you are ready to embark on your second year of IU! Maybe culturefest won't be as hot (doubt it) and you might actually make the career fair (ha)! But I want to give you a list of things to keep in mind as you hustle through this year, because it's still an uphill journey until you graduate.

  • Please take care of yourself. Go to the gym regularly, opt to walk to class (but plz take the B bus back home, no one wants to walk up Jordan ever). Stay healthy because a happy Miller is the best thing money can't buy.
  • Also, enjoy the little things. Trips to the Crimson Creamery (HOLLA), random trips to Target to buy stupid stuff (a personal fav), or a spontaneous trip to Griffy Lake for hiking (not in the winter though that's like a death wish).
  • Boys can wait. That pit in your stomach when he doesn't text you back, it shouldn't be there. No one should be able to control you like that.
  • School is hard but it's so worth it. You're getting the best education (both academic and music) and it's going to be so satisfying to say "I made it" on graduation day.
  • You're only in college once. Be stupid sometimes.
  • "Nobody can ever make you feel inferior without your consent." -Eleanor Roosevelt 
  • Just because someone is an authority figure does not mean they are competent or right. You are an adult, they are an adult. You both deserve the same amount of respect.
  • Know your limits. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do - and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
  • Look for new music always. Go to more concerts, see more of your friends play.
  • Cultivate friendships. This is where you're making the best connections, and you will be so happy when you have friends in abundance after college.
  • Watch what you're spending. Your parents are not made of money, and neither are you.
  • Kindness is the only thing that matters. Be nice to everyone. 
  • It's better to be worth-knowing than well-known.
  • Make memories that your kids will be happy to hear.
  • Take lots of pictures. Take pictures of your friends. Take pictures of sunsets. Take pictures of your food (not for Instagram,but for yourself). Take pictures of everything. Because decades from now you will be so happy you did.

I wish you the best of luck this year! It's going to be awesome!



About The Author
Miller SusensMusic Education Major, Dallas, TX, Class of 2018

Yes, Miller is my first name. I prefer blue cheese bacon burgers on the first date and I'm pretty sure that I only own brown sandals. Lover of yoga, tumblr, pilates, fried chicken, sweet tea, and colors. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta (peace luv alpha gams). Cellist in the Jacobs School of Music. Native Texan. Very, very clumsy.