2018 Taught Me Some Of The Most Important Things

2018 Taught Me Some Of The Most Important Things

Thank you, 2018.


Throughout the last 365 days, life has taught me more than I could imagine. There is so much to be thankful for, but a special "thank you" goes out to 2018 for all of the following:

2018 has reminded me of who I was before societal pressures and conditioning, prior to the unwelcome expectations of conformity.

2018 has shown me the most beautiful corners of the world and the bluest water one could envision, further instilling my desire to adventure further, deeper, and more frequently.

2018 has made me recognize my need for solitude, as my alone time has become a period of reflection and space for me to grow comfortable within the confines of my mind.

2018 has forced me to make difficult decisions. I can proudly say none have been paired with regret, as my happiness was the main motivation.

2018 has introduced to some simply dope music that I wish I could hear again for the very first time.

2018 has pushed me to mature and obtain a more understanding stance, as everyone is just doing the best they can.

2018 has reinforced the importance of solid relationships, be it with family, friends, or a significant other, as they are the people that feed your development.

2018 has proven the natural good of humankind, as I have met some of the most selfless, loving people that have inspired me to live a more open, loving life.

2018 has made me appreciate and take pride in my strength, as many could not thrive through hardships I have encountered.

2018 has shown me that I have a lot of work to do regarding self-love, but I am now willing to try.

2018 has helped me discover my next step, even though it wasn't what I was originally planning.

2018 has validated the statement, "hard work pays off," as I have worked my ass off and seen results.

2018 has diminished the importance of and shown the adverse effects of having a strict plan. I am now taking life as it comes and accepting life for what it is, not what I thought it would be.

2018 has introduced me to the urgency of climate change and further awoken my mind to threats our society faces. This has allowed me to fight for things I believe in.

2018 has pushed me to open up and have uncomfortable conversations in the name of self-help and healing, an indication of progress.

2018 has allowed me to stop taking life so seriously, nothing is really that bad when there is so much good.

And lastly, 2018 has continuously confirmed how wonderful the world is. Be it the people that inhabit it or the structures, seas, and mountains that shape it, the world is the greatest gift.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.


Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.


A girl who is sad to go

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What I Wish I Knew About Life After High School Before I Had To Live It

Life after high school isn't always what you expected it to be.


So you're about to graduate high school and you think you have it all figured out. You and your best friends are going to stay close throughout college and you're going to take those long road trips in college to see each other. Think again.

Life after high school isn't always what you want it to be. You think you'll miss high school, you'll always be close with your high school besties, and you'll have all this free time in college. That's just not entirely true. I personally do not miss high school. I don't really talk to anyone I went to high school with on a regular basis, and I'm totally OK with that. I have friends in college that I believe will be my lifelong friends whereas my friends in high school didn't make an effort to keep in contact with me after high school.

I haven't had all the free time I've dreamed of in college, because I'm busy with school and meetings. When I'm not doing homework, I'm making sure the rest of my life is in order and all my stuff for school is in line. I'm not the crazy party girl that people think I am because of where I go to school. I'd rather sit in bed and watch Netflix than go out with my friends. I'm not a 4.0 student, but I work so hard in my classes just to make sure that I'm passing. I study a week before tests and still don't always make A's. And that's OK. It's not what I expected during my college years, but it's what's happening, and most of my friends are the same way.

Anne Marie Bonadio

Just know that life in college isn't all easy, breezy, and beautiful like Covergirl. It's hard and you will struggle whether it be in school or with your friends. College isn't always complete freedom. You'll be tied down with school and life and you won't have the free time that you always imagined. You won't always be best friends with your high school friends. You won't be taking those road trips because you won't be able to afford them, and if you're like me, your parents won't let you.

College won't be exactly what you dreamed it'll be, but it'll be some of the best years of your life.

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