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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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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It's hard to get it back once you lose it.

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In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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