An Open Letter To The Person Who Had To Grow Up Fast

An Open Letter To The Person Who Had To Grow Up Fast

All you want to do is be a kid somedays


There are so many circumstances in one's life that would guarantee them a one way trip to adulthood. There are many people in this world who had to grow up fast and leave their childhoods behind. While they were still a kid themselves they had to mature fast and make grown-up decisions about life. These people were introduced to adult life and real-world problems before even understanding some things about that world.

Nothing is wrong with having to grow up fast. You definitely have to mature at an alarming rate because you have to handle certain situations. That just means that you are ahead of your time and are able to comprehend more sophisticated situations as well. You are looked at to handle situations with grace, and with much maturity.

It kind of makes you sad at times. Only because you feel like you did miss out on a childhood. This isn't to say that you had a bad childhood, you were just exposed to adult things during your childhood that made you have to grow up faster. You may feel like you will never be able to be a kid again. Now that you are actually becoming an adult and are actually a real part of this world, you know that you can't go back to being a kid

People will always say that you are very mature for your age. Or that you do not act your age, and that you act a lot older. You smile and say thank you or you say that is just how you were raised. But honestly, you are mature and "grown-up" because of the trauma that you might have gone through. You were forced to grow up.

Having to grow up before your time is not all bad. Many adults trust you, and if you come from a biggish family, you are the child that they trust. You can definitely use that to your advantage. But with great power comes great responsibility, therefore, your actions are looked at very closely and one mistake can be catastrophic only because a lot is expected from you.

Not saying that people who had to grow up fast are stuck up, but they might not want to deal with people their age who are not on the same level as them with maturity. That is not necessarily a bad thing at all, you just might not have time to deal with childish things or childish behaviors. So, you find yourself surrounding yourself with older people that match your energy.

Many people have to deal with things in their life that alter their life. Some children become adults and some get to stay children until the day they leave for college. Nothing is wrong with either, it just means people come from different aspects of life and all have different experiences with life that shape who they are coming into the adult world.

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On June 22nd I Celebrated My 22nd

*Insert cliche Taylor Swift song "22"*


It's about time I turn 22. I've been told that after your 21st birthday, the years begin to fly past you in a blur. I don't know if I agree, but I can definitely say that I don't feel 22. Sometimes I look around at all the people who are freshmen in college, or juniors in high school, and I begin to reminisce about when I was their age. One thing getting older does do is make you a skeptical, cynical person.

I've thought a lot about my birthday as another day that I get to eat cake because let's face it, I'm not really here for anything else, except maybe a shot. I remember celebrating my birthday when I was younger was much different from what it turned into after I turned 20. Back in the day, I would celebrate my birthday with a pool party. Pizza, chips, cake, and soda. A few balloons and candles and that was it. I'd only invite my closest friends and we'd have so much fun.

I miss that kind of birthday. The kind you pick out an outfit for days prior, the kind you get so excited for and can't sleep, the kind that makes you feel special. It doesn't feel like that anymore. What it feels like now is, "welp, there goes another year." This line is also applicable to New Year's Eve, but we'll cross that bridge six months from now.

My birthday is pretty uneventful. It feels like the spark is gone, the excitement is gone. I wish I could feel happy that I'm turning 22, but I also know that it's just a reality that we all get older and things like birthdays begin to feel strange. You're faced to realize that you're supposed to have gained another year of experience and intelligence in the aspects of life, but it's almost like you feel the same.

It's safe to say that this has been a bit of an existential-crisis-themed birthday, but I'm just a little scared of getting older. I think we all reach a point where you realize you aren't invincible anymore. It's time to see what's in store for the future, what your career goals are, where you plan to move to after graduation, how to eat better, and how to feel like you've reached your full potential. It's a bittersweet moment in my life, but I'm ready to see what's next.

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6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad

YES, it is worth it!

Do not get discouraged, you will get your amazing photos, but just make your study abroad more about the trip and education, rather than your socials.


When you decide you want to study abroad everyone will start discussing the payment plan for your adventure and, let me tell you that there is a good reason for the never-ending money talk. Studying Abroad is expensive and colleges will make sure you pay for every little step that will be made throughout your time abroad. I suggest savings, scholarships, or loans to help cushion your financial fall. Besides the amount of money it takes to travel abroad (my Maymester to Paris was an average of $3,000 + spending), I was educated on currency and exchange rates. Of course, the currency is different in about every country, and so are the exchange rates that will be charged every time you purchase something abroad. This exchange rate will be a 2-8 percent tax added to every debit/credit card purchase made while you are studying abroad. For example, if you bought a five-euro Coke (YES, their Cokes are five euros), then it would convert into about 7 US Dollars, then an added 2% tax, would make your coke around 7.14 US Dollars. However, they do not charge for cash exchanges at booths you will see all over the city or tax. However, the luxury tax is real and if you are planning on buying the $500-2,000 luxury item to carry home with you, there will be a higher tax on that item that you can get refunded back to you at the airport when headed home. I like to think of myself as a girl with financial wits, however, when it comes to studying abroad, my philosophy was "experiences are an investment that will always be worth it".


Yes, I went into my study abroad not knowing everyone that would be attending the same one. However, I made friends fairly quickly and my experience became a whole lot more enjoyable. If you are worried about not making friends during your study abroad, I have full faith that you will, because no ordinary, boring soul chooses to do a study abroad. Also, if your study abroad is for a semester, then do not be scared to reach out when you are feeling lonely. I suggest making a phone plan so that you can talk to your friends and family back home, it will make everything so much easier. I struggle with anxiety, so being able to talk to my mom 5,000 miles away, was something that brought comfort to my mind.


If you are expecting a Hollywood movie, Lizzie McGuire study abroad trip...ERASE that from your mind. Go into your study abroad with no high expectations, because yes, the cities are endlessly gorgeous and a never-ending feeling of history and life that you see in all of the movies. However, it isn't as magical as you make it out in your head to be. The pictures you see online, probably took all day to make happen, because you are not the only one trying to snatch those likable Instagram pictures. Do not get discouraged, you will get your amazing photos, but just make your study abroad more about the trip and education, rather than your socials.


I think a lot of people try to avoid being seen as a tourist, especially when traveling to Europe. However, the French and others know that you are a tourist. There is just no denying it, no matter how good you look in a beret. So, wear what is going to make your trip and days better. A lot of girls/guys on my study abroad dressed business casual, and others dressed in athleisure, either way, the locals knew they were a tourist. If you're studying abroad for a whole semester, your style will probably adapt to where you are, and the friends you make as well.

FYI, all Europeans dress like they just walked out of a fashion magazine, which defiantly encouraged me to dress better when getting ready for the day.


Yes, pickpocketing is real and not just something people write articles about because they want you to be over-aware. You really do need to be overly aware, there are tons of people panhandling in other countries to try and get money from the tourist that had enough money to travel there. Only one out of the forty students I went with, unfortunately, got pick-pocketed while eating lunch, when her purse was on the floor. So, clutch your bag and sit anywhere with your belongings between your legs.


America, hands down, has the best food. I was basically running to the Chick Fil A when my flight touched US soil. Therefore, our clothing sizes are different. When you are searching for the perfect item to take back home with you after this memorable experience, remember that America is a pretty obese nation compared to the others, and when they say it is an extra-large sweatshirt, it is probably medium or large. So, even if it makes you feel so much bigger than you actually are, go up a few sizes if you want it to be an oversized fit, and make it a size up if you want it to fit true.


Make your study abroad memorable, go out and have fun, do not be afraid to try new things, talk to new people, and love the life you are living while studying. YES, take lots and lots of pictures, however, do not forget to set your camera down and just be there, be all there. No matter where the plane is taking you when you head out, you will enjoy this moment, so make the most out of it.

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