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Dear First Year Team

What is Dear First Year?

Dear First Year is a series of letters and other content written by college upperclassmen and alumni to their first year selves. This project is intended to help incoming college students looking to understand how to make the best of their time in college as well as get some advice from people that were in their shoes not too long ago. Anyone who meets the submitter requirements is welcome to submit to be part of this project.

There is no set prompt, but some great starting places for your submission are:

  • If you were a first year again, what would you do differently (if anything)? why?
  • What are some of your fondest memories from college? How did those memories impact your college experience?
  • What were some of the highs and lows of your college experience?


All submissions begin with the salutation “Dear First Year” and are signed with your name (or a pseudoname if you wish to post anonymously). While most submissions are in a standard letter format, we also welcome submissions in other formats. This can range from drawings to TikToks to whatever format works best for yourself.

Am I eligible to submit?

In order to submit Dear First Year, you need to be in at least your third year of college or an alumnus.

How do I submit?

You can submit your piece by filling this form out here.

What happens after I submit?

Once you submit to Dear First Year, a member of the team will review your piece to ensure it meets our guidelines and suggest any edits for you to consider. When your post goes live, you’ll get an email with a link to the piece. Dear First Year is a volunteer run group but we’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

You can reach the team at

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