We in the Georgetown blogosphere are all well aware of The College Prepster. Her page is a pink and green explosion of crucial life advice for every Georgetown student, as well as any student at any university who really needs to know which exorbitantly-priced pouch is approved for toting one’s preppy pencils, or likes to know what her (or his!) favorite blogger is wearing that day (Editor’s Note: We tried this on Vox, but too many of our writers like to blog without pants).
But Carly Heitlinger (MSB ’12), the headbanded woman behind the expanding College Prepster brand, is more than just a watermelon-hued website. Last year, she wrote a book, The Freshman 50, chronicling her journey from superstar Florida high-schooler to lonely, depressed college freshman, and back up again to the collegiate guru of all things Lilly Pulitzer. And yesterday, she spread her breadth of knowledge even further, with an advice column for freshmen and their parents on The Today Show‘s website.
The column, which Heitlinger wrote in a blog entry the same day coincides with her capital-letter “Life Goal” to appear on The Today Show, is very much a miniature version of her book, which she describes on the cover as “1 part memoir, 1 part survival guide.” In the story, the College Prepster tells of the misery she suffered when adjusting to the rigor of the Georgetown environment, and how she pulled herself back together (hey wait a minute, this sounds familiar…).
She sums up the lesson she learned in one simple sentence that is sure to become the mantra of any Vineyard Vines-loving student about to embark on the sailboat of higher education: “Unfortunately, college is much more than sweaters and duvet covers … and course descriptions are not always accurate.” Amen.
But after telling the story of the fall and rise of her Georgetown career, Heitlinger gets around to giving some pretty sound—if not terribly original—advice to freshmen and their families. She reminds parents to look for changes in their child’s behavior or calling habits, as these could be signs of serious adjustment problems, and tells students that mismanaging their finances and being “the overly aggressive kid who gets really drunk the first night and makes out with every girl on his floor” are among the biggest collegiate no-nos.
And the best part about the achievement of this one of Heitlinger’s “Life Goals?” It’s not over yet. According to yesterday’s blog post, The College Prepster “can’t wait for you to see the other surprise coming up on Today.com soon!” We’re sure all of Georgetown is shaking in their Sperrys in anticipation.