5 Things You Should Focus On Before You Graduate

5 Things You Should Focus On Before You Graduate

There Isn't Much Time Left So Make The Most Out Of It

Spring break is right around the corner and soon to follow is graduation! As a senior in high school I have come to appreciate the last few months and all of the special moments I have gotten to experience. From Senior Night to enjoying my last WPA (Women Pay All), I have been actively working towards enjoying what is left of my high school career. Being as busy as I am, I have decided to make a small list of things I believe everyone should do before they graduate.

1. Go On An Adventure With Your Friends

It is sad to say, but unfortunately you may never get to see some of the friends you have made in high school for a very long time and one of the best ways to enjoy the little time you still have together is to go make memories! This spring break, my friends and I are planning to go hang out in downtown KC to explore what the beautiful city has to offer. Most of us are planning to move away from home for college so we are trying to enjoy the time we have left in our hometown. Go on an adventure, it doesn't have to be expensive or lucrative, just go out and enjoy quality time with your friends while you still can.

2. Start A New Hobby Or Try Something New

I know it is cliche to tell someone to try something new or to start a new hobby, but I truly believe that it is very important to explore different things because you never know when you might discover something that you come to love. Another reason you should start a new hobby before you graduate is because it might help you connect with some people you have never talked to in your class or at school. Also it will help you when you go to college and you are trying to make new friends or trying to get involved on campus. The more open-minded you can be the better your senior year will be!

3. Spend Time With Your Family

Weirdly enough people may not think to do this, mostly because they think they already spend so much time with their families, but in reality we are so busy at times that we over-look this fact. Whether or not you leave the state or stay in-state for college, the matter of the fact is that we will get lost in our new worlds and we will not have as much time to spend with our families. So it is imperative that we take time to eat dinner with our families, maybe have family game nights, or just go out and spend time with your family by doing a fun activity like laser tag or bowling. Whether you realize it or not, this is not just for us, but also for our family who will come to feel the impact of our absences.

4. Go To A Live Event

I am definitely serious about this one, go to a live event! I have gone to a few live events like the Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull concert or the Chipotle Cultivate Festival, and I enjoyed every single minute of it. Go with your friends or alone, either way you are bound to have a good time. I recommend searching up events in your local area and select something you already enjoy doing or have an interest in. This is a great way to incorporate all the ideas I stated above.

5. Don't Be Afraid To Let Loose A Little

Last, but not least, just have fun! Dance around in your room, binge watch some Netflix, go out to eat to your favorite restaurant and just let loose! Don't be afraid to spend a little extra to treat yourself, but please don't go all out and break your bank account. Be reasonable, while still getting to experience what life has to offer. I enjoy eating food quite a bit, as a result I tend to spend a lot on outings with my girlfriend, but I still make sure to have some left over so I can buy gas. Overall just enjoy the time that is left, because there ain't much, and live life to the fullest!

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26 Thoughts Every Farm Kid Has When Baling Hay

Every. Single. Year.

Hay is an awesome agricultural product with lots of different uses. Getting the hay though? Not always so fun. Now, there are two different types of hay people in this world; round balers and sqaure balers. Round bales? Great for livestock and require a lot of machine work. Sqaure bales though? Easier to transport but are a little more old school and a require a little more hands on heavy lifting. And no matter how much you try to mentally prepare yourself, there was no quite a summer task for farm kids than baling hay. With hay season in full swing here in Central Ohio, here are just a few thought's we all had every year baling hay.

1. Okay, it's time to bale hay, no big deal, we do this every year.

2. This is so easy! Why do I normally complain?

3. Oh yeah, that was just mowing and racking, that's always the easy part.

4. Is that a rain cloud? Better not be a rain cloud, someone check the forecast.

5. What are the chances that I'll getta just drive the tractor this year?

6. Slim to none, got it.

7. Okay, that's fine, it's not that bad.

8. These bales aren't even that heavy, this is totally fine.

9. Just kidding they get heavy after a while.

10. Why is does it always have to be so hot when we do this? I'm actually dying.

11. Man I'm not in as good of shape as I thought I was.

12. Yes (Dad/Mom/Grandpa) I promise we're stacking them tight enough.

13. Maybe they could be a little tighter, readjust.

14. Oh hey dust and allergies, I don't need to see or breath or anything like that.

15. My arms ich.

16. Need. Water.

17. Are we done yet?

18. This field never seems that big til hay time.

19. Only ___ of laps to go, I'm totally fine.

20. Man, I just wanna take a cold shower and eat everything in the house.

21. I'm gonna sleep so good tonight.

22. If one more person tries to tell me how to do this I'm throwing them head first in the baler.

23. Need more water please, time out.

24. Alright, last wagon. I. Can. Do this.

25. Hallelujah, the end is in sight, God is good.

26. ...What do you mean we still have to unload everything into the loft? I quit.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Doubt

It is time to wage war on our emotions, yet to do so we must be ready for the unknown.

What is it

Where does it come from

Why is it here

How is it so strong

When will it go away

Who even is it?

Questions on questions

They pile up higher and higher

But for what?

Is it only to be answered with another question

A question that can’t be answered,

Or can it?

Its name is doubt

Or is that even its name

I have become so unsure,

Because of its silly game.

Doubt makes us worry

Doubt makes us unwilling

Doubt makes us lost.

The very definition of doubt

Is a question

Or maybe it’s “to question.”

Doubt may be a hinder

Yet it does not cripple

For doubt can be overcome.

Our grass doesn’t have to be compared

No, not to the other side

See our grass can be watered

Watered right where we are.

It may take time,

But it will grow,

For it is proven.

We can’t question what is true

We can’t assume things we have yet to experience,

Yet we can grow what is right at our feet.

Sometimes we have to go with what we know,

And not with what we feel.

We have been given a mission

A purpose, if you recall,

Not to sit on the side

Yet to take the lead for all.

This is a stand we must make

One that will be hard to do

But hold on the promise

That we have all been there too.

For just as angst comes to prey

Doubt is by its side

But we know what’s to be done

We know how to fight

For we must only stand in the light.

Our grass will grow green

No matter how dead it seems

Don’t forget to add the water

Because that is all it needs.

You’ve got this,

Keep going,

You’re going to do great

I’m proud of you my friend

For this is not the end.

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