7 Thank You's For My English Teachers

7 Thank You's For My English Teachers

Thanks for putting the "lit" in literature.
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Since I am an English major with teacher endorsement, I decided to write a special thank you letter for my English teachers that molded me into the woman I am today. I am so grateful for each and every one of you as you showed me that literature was lit! I love you guys!

My life, from the very start, revolved around books. My parents encouraged me to read as often and as much as I possibly could. That love of literature, however, was cemented when I reached junior high and high school. It was in the awkward years of my life that I determined what I wanted to be for the rest of my life, and I have my English teachers to thank for it.

Thank you for never saying I was thinking "too deep."

I was never the ordinary thinker in any of your classes. But that ability to think on a much deeper level than most others made me into the English major I am today. Not only has it helped my mindset, but my world view, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Thank you for presenting literature in a unique way

My whole world view was drastically altered because you presented stories in a unique way. I think that the ability to examine something for more than its surface value is something that I carry with me today.

Thank you for encouraging me to imagine.

It was in the walls of your classrooms that I found out that there were no walls on my imagination. I found immense solace in knowing that I could create something that would someday resonate with the masses. It may have just been an idea in my head, but through my imagination, you inspired me to dream.

Thank you for testing me and pushing me to my limits.

Yes, your classes would sometimes make me cry at the workload or constructive criticism. But in the end, I can look at old papers and not cringe all that much because of it. While some things in your classes may have seemed like too much at the time, it only made me a better reader and writer today.

Thank you for showing me that my passion was a talent.

Before entering an English class, I thought that writing was just something that I liked to do. When I had you all as teachers, I found that it was something that I was actually good at. I am still working on becoming a better writer, especially creatively. However, your patience encouraged me to explore a side of myself that I did not know existed.

Thank you for being the best role models a girl could ever ask for.

While some memories were ones that I wish I could forget, the memories in your classes will be ones that I will forever cherish. You made learning fun, and class a time that I looked forward to. When I tell my future students about my time in junior high and high school English classes, it will be easy to name you as my role models.

Thank you for watching me grow into the person I am today.

Whether that be in or out of the classroom, your diligence and persistence never failed. I owe so many things about myself to you and your classes. I don't know if I will ever be able to put into words the impact you have had on my life.



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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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5 things bisexual people are So tired of hearing From Cis-Hets

Too many people can't wrap their head around the concept of bisexuality, and it's getting old.

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The Merriam-Webster definition of bisexuality: sexual or romantic attraction to members of both sexes; also: engaging in sexual activity with partners of more than one gender. Yet, this can often be a very confusing concept for certain people to understand. As a result, people who identify openly as bisexual are often subjected to a slew of frustrating questions and statements that have grown tiring. So here is a list of just a handful of them.

1. "So, you're straight now?"

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So, as the definition implies, bisexuals typically like both men and women. So, if you are a bisexual woman, and you are dating a man, no, that does not mean that you are straight now. You are still bisexual, you are just in a relationship with a man at the moment. Please, stop asking this.

2. "So, you're gay now?"

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Okay, so, this is the flip side of the previous question, yes, but it needs to be said because of the frequency of its utterance. If a bisexual man is in a relationship with a man, he is not "gay now". He is still bisexual, again. He is just in a relationship with a man. Regardless of whether or not a bisexual person is in a same-sex or different-sex relationship, they remain, and will always remain bisexual. So, let's just put this question and the former question to rest.

3. "Do you have sex with everyone and anyone?"

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Bisexuality does not equal sexual deviancy. Just because a bisexual person can fall in love with or have a sexual relationship with a person of any gender does not mean that they will have sex with literally any human being who offers. No, they will not have sex with anyone just because they can. That is not how it works.

4. "Will you have a threesome with me and my boyfriend/girlfriend?"

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NO. No, no, no. Just because a bisexual person will have sex with someone of either gender does not mean that they want to have sex with you and your significant other at the same time. Please, stop asking your bisexual friends and acquaintances to jump into bed with you and your boyfriend or girlfriend just to spice things up in the bedroom. It's extremely rude and presumptuous. Bisexual people are not your sexual fantasy or your sexual fantasy come true.

5. "Bisexuals are just selfish/looking for attention."

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People always say that most bisexuals are just pretending to be bisexual for attention and that they aren't genuinely attracted to more than one gender. This is a fallacy. Stop accusing young bisexuals of playing pretend or going through a phase. Bisexuals are valid. They're sick of hearing these erasure comments. It's also constantly implied that bisexuals are just being selfish/greedy. That is not the case, and this belief system needs to be destroyed and done away with immediately. As stated before, bisexuals are not these inherently sexually crazed lunatics. Being attracted to more than one gender does not automatically equate to sex with everyone. Bisexuals are not greedy nymphomaniacs who just want to have as much sex as they can for themselves.

There are numerous other frustrating comments and questions that bisexuals get bombarded with on the daily. This is just a select few that stand out. So, please, if you are someone who says these things, stop. If you have heard someone say these things, or you hear them say any variation of these things in the future, please, correct them. We all need to make a conscious effort to stop this close-minded conversation to continue.

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