5 Reasons Why Delta Summers Are The Best

5 Reasons Why Delta Summers Are The Best

Every summer has its own different story.
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Summer is the best time of the year. Most everyone goes home for summer and gets a summer job. There may not be much to do, but a good time is always had- and here are a few reasons why.

1. All your old friends are back home for the summer.

A lot of people want to stay at school for the summer and take summer classes to avoid going home, but most Delta people prefer to spend their summer at home. If they have to take a summer class, most of them go right down the road to "Harvard on the Highway" - also known as the local community college. Every Thursday, everyone starts to get their weekend plans together. Something fun happens every weekend, even if it is just sitting around watching movies at someone's house. As long as everyone is together, everyone is satisfied.

2. Every weekend is a water weekend.

What's the best way to cool off after working all week? Find some water, of course! It doesn't get much better than cruising on a boat to the river with your hometown friends to go to the sandbar and hang out with everyone else from the delta. Some people also like to spend Saturday's by the pool, and sometimes my friends even make a slip and slide out of polly pipe. Regardless of what you do on the weekends, there is a great chance that there is some water involved.

3. You get to sleep in your own bed.

Most of the guys work on the farm, and most of the girls either babysit or have a small summer job. Getting to go home after work and eat your mom's food, have mom do your laundry, and sleep in your real bed is next to perfect. Sure, I have a bed at my apartment, but I love getting to sleep in my own bed at my real home.

4. Family Vacation!

Okay, so not everyone does this, but my family does. Every summer we go somewhere. Most of the time our trip is to the beach, but we also go to family reunions. It doesn't matter where we go, it is so nice to have your parents pay for all your meals, your place to stay, and maybe even buy you some new things before school starts back. You even get to spend a little time with the fam- which isn't so bad.

5. Every summer is somehow better than the last.

Summer is already the best time of the year. The weather is sunny, and a good time is always had. Every summer seems so fun that you think the next can't possibly beat it. School rolls around and the school year flies by, then it's time to try and top the summer before.


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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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Warm Weather Is Finally Here And That Means Seasonal Depression Can Go Fly A Kite

Like seriously, get out of here.

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Any form of depression flippin' sucks. Like something major. Mental health is wicked important and sometimes crazy hard to maintain. The cold weather of winter does absolutely nothing to help either and ends up making it a lot harder to stay motivated, want to get out of bed and to ever go outside to be productive and active. Vitamin D is so detrimental to the health of our bodies. The sunshine lets us soak that up, but it's almost impossible to do when it's sub-zero for four months straight (ok, a bit of an exaggeration, but not really).

Seasonal depression brings out the worst moods during the long winter months and drags us down. What we can do is to busy ourselves and push ourselves to be the happiest we can be with enjoyable activities. Make sure you do fun things that will help you avoid being stir crazy. It's a vital time of self-care and making sure you are physically and emotionally healthy.

Once the icy force field of the winter breaks, spring flourishes and so do we. The heavyweight that was hanging on our shoulders is lifted off. We instantly feel lighter. It's an amazing feeling and so relieving. Getting through the winter in one piece feels so successful.

So, have fun now. Enjoy the fresh air and let the sunshine kiss your skin. Embrace your happy and positive thoughts. Cherish not having to wear a jacket and the fact that you need air conditioning in your car instead of heat. Roll the windows down and blast the music. Make your days include some form of outside activities and exercise. Celebrate every single aspect of the spring and summer because when winter rolls around again, you will want memories to keep you going so that when you have to do it all over again, it will go smoothly.

So, goodbye seasonal depression, we won't miss you.

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