My Dearest Cousin,
Let me start off by saying, congratulations on being a part of the graduating Class of 2017! It's so cliche to say it "feels like yesterday, I was wishing you luck on your first day of high school". You have grown up to be a talented, kind-hearted, smart, and loyal girl who has made a difference in the lives of every person you have met. I have not only had the privilege of growing up with you, but I am lucky to also call you my friend. You have handled every obstacle that has come your way with grace and courage. There isn’t a day that goes by that my pride and admiration for you continues to grow.
Now that one chapter in your life is coming to a close, there are a couple things that I found in my experience that might help you with yours. Along with experiencing the bitter sweetness of being done with high school comes the excitement of the future. Some fear the change and unknown. I bet you never thought you’d miss high school, yet at the end of your senior year, you may find yourself wondering where all the time went. On the flip side of that, maybe you're looking forward to a wonderful fun-filled summer with your friends. Whatever you may be feeling, I can absolutely say that you're not alone with your thoughts and feelings. The change is overwhelming and while it might not happen to you right away, it will happen. I know you'll land on your feet though because that's what we do right?
People will change and hopefully, you will change with them. You may grow one way and your friends may grow another, but I hope you always stay true to yourself and never try to change for the admiration of others. College is hard work, but with the right mind-set you can leap over any obstacle life throws at you. Try not to procrastinate on homework and notice I say try because after two years of college, I sadly still wait until the last minute to start my papers. You’re soon to be out of high school, but sadly the drama never ends. My advice is to avoid getting involved with the drama. It simply isn’t worth your time and energy, but again I know you have a good head on your shoulders and already avoid it as much as you can. While you are in the beginning stages of becoming independent now, remember to always have a strong bond with your family and friends. They are the people who will help you through the hard times and cheer for you in the good times. I will always be there whenever you need me and hope you always remember that. Welcome to the club of adulthood, I know you will conquer it without any problems. I love you so much and wish only the best for your future endeavors. I'm excited to see what's in store for your future.
Your Older Cousin