An Open Letter To The Game I Love

An Open Letter To The Game I Love

Love is a strong word but it can easily be said when talking about the game of hockey
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Ever since the age of 12 roller hockey has been a huge part of my life. Growing up hockey was always around, Sabres games were always on and there was a tremendous hockey presence in my family. This game has given me so much. I have met endless amounts of people throughout my years. People that I can easily say are some of the most inspirational people in my life. The teammates and coaches I have played with and against are a huge part of why I am where I am today. I can only continue to grow with the endless amounts of talent and skill that are in the game. I am in no ways a great player but I can only hope to get there someday. You have to fight, cherish the wins and forgive and forget the losses. That is the only way you will get better and the moment you can accept defeat is when you can truly win. This is my open letter to the game that I love.

Dear Hockey,

Thank you for the memories all of the great times and all of the bad times. You have taught me so many life lessons and there are so many more to be learned. Thank you for all of my teammates the ones who never got down on me and who always stuck around until the final buzzer. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play with family and friends as it wouldn't be the same without them. In all honesty I have to thank you for all of the losses I have endured because in the end it made me a better player. Losing made me more grateful for all of my wins. Thank you for the last second ties when tensions are running high and the game is tied with 3 seconds left on the scoreboard. This makes me believe and gives me hope that no matter what the game isn't truly over until that final buzzer sounds. This may seem different but thank you for making me get into scrums and fights. This not only makes me stronger but it teaches me lessons. I am lucky to be playing after my knee dislocation, that injury taught me many lessons. Yes I may lead the league in penalty minutes every year but sticking up for my teammates is something I specialize in. Thank you for all of the people who have tried to get me down with their chirps. Words are different than actions, you really want to get through to me take a swing. You have made me stronger than before and now I feel as if nobody can get through to me. Not all of your impacts have been fights, many of them have been friendly encounters. The people of the sport the fans, the parents, the coaches, and the players are what make this game as great as it can be. Without one of these factors the game would be flawed. These people have changed my life and I can only hope they are as much of a factor in my future as they were in the past. You have impacted so many lives, there are many people that cannot live without you. I am one of those people, no bond will ever be closer. Nothing gives me the high that you do and at some times the low. I can trust you with all of my problems and in the end I trust you to fix them. When nobody else is there you are because the game can't leave you, you are the only one who can leave the game. So I'll write my own future and I can only hope you're right by my side until that final buzzer sounds.

Sincerely,

Alex Gill #9

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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.
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They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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To The Honest High School Seniors, In The Wake Of The College Admissions Scandal

No achievement feels better than one you worked so hard for.

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If you've been on social media lately, then you have definitely heard about the college admissions scandal. The situation involves several large names in Hollywood, most notably Lori Loughlin, and her daughters Bella and Olivia Giannulli. Her youngest daughter, Olivia Jade, makes videos on YouTube and has formed a large following, she is seen as a role model by her younger audience, as the videos she makes cover various topics such as makeup, skin care, vlogs, and most ironically tips for school. Olivia has been known to actively express her dislike towards school and expressed her general disinterest in the idea of going to college in general.

Due to her dismissive attitude, I was surprised when I heard that she was going to be attending as prestigious of a school as USC.

When the news broke earlier last week I was upset and disgusted, both with the actions of the perpetrators and with the actions of the admissions councils. As a college freshman, I know first hand just how stressful the entire college application process is. With the standardized testing, the college essays, the supplemental essays, AP testing, and just filling out the applications, the process is long, draining, and very very stressful. Your entire future seems like its resting in the hands of a complete and total stranger, which it is, but you're supposed to trust that your work will speak for itself, and in turn, trust that the admissions counselor who handles your application, will give you the same chance that every student receives. So, after hearing about this scandal I couldn't imagine the distrust that the seniors applying to colleges must feel.

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Dear high school seniors,

It's come to the point of the school year where you have submitted probably all of your applications and possibly heard back from a couple that are early action or early decision. If you have and you've gotten into your top school, CONGRATULATIONS! but if you're still waiting to hear back (and trust me waiting is the worst part) then this admissions scandal probably did not help the stress of it all.

Although it probably does not directly affect you, it affects how you view college admissions as a whole.

It is understandable that there is a general distrust of college admissions counselors and I am here to tell you that once you've submitted your applications, the only thing that you can do is let your work speak for itself, let your accomplishments show what an asset you would be to that school, and let your application essay emulate parts of your personality that the other parts of the application cannot.

While you do not actually control the fate of your application, you certainly have a say in how you are portrayed on paper, so put your best foot forward, and remember that no achievement feels better, than the one you worked so hard for.

Sincerely,

A second-semester college freshman.

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