To The Teachers I Will Never Forget

To The Teachers I Will Never Forget

Thank you for everything you do on a daily basis.

First and foremost, I want to say thank you. Not for the countless hours you put into preparing lessons, or the countless hours grading assignments and tests. Not for the academic knowledge or in-school lessons. Thank you for the life advice and guidance you imparted on me during my primary education years.

Throughout my K-12 years, I have been blessed with so many wonderful teachers. Wonderful teachers that have made an impact on my life forever. And they definitely do not get the recognition and appreciation they deserve. I’m not even sure if some of my teachers know how much they meant to me. And if you’re reading this: you made an impact on my life and I cannot thank you enough.

The life advice you all gave me stays with me every single day, such as:

Always put your work before hanging out with friends.

Never ignore a dream just because you think it’s too late.

Don’t let go of your passion just because it isn’t popular.

Never allow a friendship/relationship come between you and your responsibilities.

Remember to call your family/friends on their birthday, even if it is 7 A.M.

Saying no is okay.

You are not invincible.

And the sun will always rise tomorrow.

These life lessons have stayed with me through difficult life situations and traumas. They have cheered me up when I’m down and brought me down when I was too proud. I hope you know how important these lessons are, as important, if not more important, than the academics.

Since graduating, I have had ample time to think about the time I spent with teachers and schoolmates. If I could go back, I would try to show more appreciation to each teacher for what they did for their students, including myself. As well as try to persuade others to do the same.

For all of those still in school, take the time to talk to your teachers and get to know them as people. They’re more than graders and behavior monitors. They’re parents, friends, artists, animal adorers, music enthusiasts, athletes, and so much more. They are magnificent people.

To all of the teachers out there, I know we – as students – aren’t always easy. In fact, we usually are crazy and hard to deal with. But I promise you we will always remember the teachers that took the time to look past our crazy and teach us more than academics.

Thank you.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Teaching Is An Amazing Career, It's More Powerful Than We Give It Credit For

Teaching is a career that is heavily overlooked — it is much more powerful than people realize.


When it comes to teaching, it's not always easy or fun. But, let me ask you this: what career really is easy or fun all the time? Being challenged can beneficial. Otherwise, you are just going through the same routine over and over. Teaching will definitely keep you on your toes because there's always something happening.

People seem to think teachers just lecture on information that they hope their students remember for the test. You know what? Those people are dead wrong. Teaching is more than that. Teaching means having the passion and drive to educate children. Teaching is turning something dull to something that students will find more interesting and enjoyable.

Teaching is also about providing tools and other resources for students in order for them to succeed, especially the ones who tend to struggle in school. Being able to give those tools to help them accomplish their goals is extremely rewarding. A teacher will work with a student who is behind on his/her reading skills to have him/her be right at the level he/she needs to be by the end of the school year. Not many jobs provide a reward quite like guiding a student, if not more, to success.

Although it focuses on academics, teaching is not just about that. Sure, being an effective teacher is key, but there are other aspects that are just as significant. As a teacher, you also have to connect with your students. Knowing your students on a personal level is so important. The connection can build respect that will, in turn, help them to succeed. Plus, students spend more time with you on a day-to-day basis than they do with their parents — isn't that frightening? So, you have to be able to support them and let them know them that you are there for them if they are having trouble.

Additionally, that connection you build with your students can last a lifetime. You can witness the growth of a student right in front of you. In fact, I am still very close with some of my teachers from elementary school. Many of them inspired me to become a teacher. Because of those great bonds I built, I had the opportunity to intern with some of my past teachers, which was a rewarding experience for everyone. Being able to develop such a connection with someone so different in age is something that is so powerful and that doesn't come with many other careers.

Teaching is so amazing. There are so many layers and beautiful aspects to it. Again, it can be difficult, but it's also a lot of fun. Not many people can say they have fun and laugh every day at work. I also truly believe that not many other people can say their careers provide as rewarding of a feeling as teaching does. To be able to make such a difference in someone's life is an incredible thing. Teaching is my passion. I know teaching will not be only gratifying but something that will bring me pure joy.

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