There are also tips on how to get through rough patches. "If you don't succeed at first, try the next 10 or 15 times," says one man. Optimism helped another man: "If you're going through hell, keep going . . . It will get better."

One woman talks about her modest upbringing and urges others from similar circumstances not to feel insecure among Brown's privileged students. "Just because somebody has a pedigree, it doesn't mean they are better than you."

Life lessons are bountiful: "Stop thinking, start doing." "Let your unconscious be part of every decision you make." "You can't really figure out who you are if you're trying."

Finally, there's useful advice: eat your veggies; go bird watching in Warren; never put sensitive information in an e-mail; take a class outside your major; learn how to write one-page papers; get a crazy haircut; appreciate Brown's student meals; don't skip class; don't share a bedroom with your boyfriend or girlfriend; don't worry about clothes; work in a bank; weather unrequited love, and learn one skill "very, very well."

"Go deep on that one thing," a man says. "You will never regret it."

Kathchadourian even put herself into the mix: "No one is ever as OK as they seem," she says. "Lots of people seem to have perfect lives, perfect marriages, perfect relationships, perfect jobs. But underneath every one of these perfect things could be someone who is incredibly depressed, incredibly upset, incredibly not OK. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the ones who seem the most OK are the ones you need to worry about the most."

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