Dear Diary, Thank you

Dear Diary, Thank You For Being There

An open letter to the best listener out there: my diary.

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Dear Diary,

Where do I begin?

I remember getting you for Christmas when I was 11 years old. You were the Christmas gift I did not have on my wishlist. While that was the case, I found you useful in the long run.

You became my sweet escape.

To be real with you, I did not know how to approach you. No one I knew had a diary. So, I just started writing whatever came to mind. Main things I wrote about were my nighttime dreams, aspirations, gossip, and fanfiction. It was not until high school when I opened my deep thoughts and feelings to you. Writing my entries took either 15 minutes or two hours.

You helped me through the highs and lows of high school. You helped me cope through my stressful nights, rejections, drama, boy troubles, and more. There were pages that had scribbles and drawings all over. There were pages that had my teardrops that dried up over the years. I even had pages where I cursed and wrote in all capital letters because I was extremely angry and frustrated. I'm sorry I took it all on you. But, if I vented to a person, they would have thought I was insane and need an attitude check.

You let me speak unfiltered.

While there were negative entries, we cannot forget about the positive ones. The ones where I tell you about my accomplishments, life-changing experiences, and the best days ever. There were entries about prom, earning scholarship money, and more sappy stuff. The entry that I loved the most is when I wrote about accepting admission to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You remember how challenging the college admissions process was for me. Knowing I was going to attend a great four-year university was something I wanted to celebrate with my friends, family, teachers, mentors, and you.

I could tell you anything. You were a safe space that I looked forward to every day. Though you did not speak back to me, you helped me find answers to many of my problems. You gave me the courage to speak up about things that bothered me to the outside world. Plus, you helped me improve my writing. What makes you special is that I can guarantee that you will not judge me. You are the best listener there can ever be. I know I have not been keeping up with my daily entries since I started college. In due time, I will return to you because there are many stories that I need to tell you!

You may be inanimate, but you were a real life-saver. Thank you.

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My Top 10 Youtubers To Watch When You're Bored!

If you need something to do, check out these YouTube channels!
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Youtube: the best place to go when you're laying in bed bored.

I've been watching Youtube for as long as I could remember. I would start at a Jonas Brothers video and end up watching tornado chasers. I could never tell you how I got there, but with Youtube, it's possible.

I spend a lot of time watching videos and catching up on the lives of some of my favorites. I watch make-up and hair tutorials on a daily basis and if I have some time, I'll watch a couple of Vlogs. I'll also watch videos when I need a good laugh.

So if you are bored, here are my top 10 favorite Youtubers to watch.

10. Alphie Deyes : "Pointless Blog"

Alfie is a British Youtuber. Along with his Vlogs, Alfie has a gaming channel and a main channel where he posts collabs with other Youtubers. I usually just watch his Vlogs, but I've seen a few of his other videos and they are definitely worth the watch!

Here are his three channels!

https://www.youtube.com/user/PointlessBlog

https://www.youtube.com/user/PointlessBlogTv

https://www.youtube.com/user/alfiegames

9. Zoe Sugg: "Zoella"

Zoe is also a British beauty and fashion Youtuber. She is also a Vlogger and has two channels. She is most known for her make-up tutorials. Zoe is also the author of the "Girl Online" series. 

Here are her channels!

https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390

https://www.youtube.com/user/MoreZoella

8. Kian and JC

Both boys have main channels, but I mostly watch their collab channel. They post videos of themselves doing challenges for the most part. The other part is usually them just talking to the camera. They are hilarious and can make me laugh any day.

Here is their channel!

https://www.youtube.com/user/KianAndJc

7. Tess Christine

I just recently started watching Tess, but her videos are mostly hair and make-up tutorials and also fashion videos. She occasionally posts travel vlogs as well.

Here is her channel!

https://www.youtube.com/user/Tesschristine123

6. Tyler Oakley

Known for his Q and "Slays," Tyler Oakley has become one of the biggest Youtube stars. He also does a lot of collabs with other Youtubers and they are always funny.

(It would not let me link his channel, but if you search "Tyler Oakley" all of his videos will come up)

5. David Dobrik

David is a Vlogger. His videos always include his friends and the weird scenarios they get into. Puns and skits are his go to thing. He got his start on Vine and now he is taking over the vlog world!

Here is his channel!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmh5gdwCx6lN7gEC2...

4. Shane Dawson

I don't even know how to explain Shane Dawson's videos. He is one of the most random Youtubers that I've ever watched. He was one of the first Youtubers I ever started watching. He is really big on conspiracy theories now.

Here is his channel!

https://www.youtube.com/user/shane

3. Settle Down Kids or SDK

SDK is absolutely, hands down, my favorite group on Youtube. They post challenges and sometimes they are so random they don't even make sense. I actually had the chance to meet all of them and they were so nice which makes it so much better!

Here is their channel!

https://www.youtube.com/user/SDK

2. Any Buzzfeed Channel

If anyone tells you that they don't watch Buzzfeed, they are lying. Over the past year or so, Buzzfeed has taken over the Internet. I can sit for hours and just watch Buzzfeed. They have a couple of channels, but I'll link their main one!

Here it is!

https://www.youtube.com/user/BuzzFeedVideo

1. Joe Santagato

I've been watching Joe for a couple of years now. He used to be like my little secret, but now almost everyone knows who he is. Joe's videos are hilarious and could definitely make anyone's day! He also has a second channel where he posts Vlog-like videos.

Here is his channel!

https://www.youtube.com/user/JoeSantagato

(It wouldn't let me link his second channel)


There are so many more Youtube channels that I could list but that would probably take forever! I hope you get a chance to check out any of these channels!

Enjoy!

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Yes, I Love Science And Yes, I Love To Write

It is possible to like both!

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I feel like there's this unspoken rule in society that says that if you love science, you're not good at or you don't like writing and vice versa. A lot of the people I have met seem to be like that.

With this being said, I feel like I am the exception to the rule. I love science, I am sort of good at science, and I love writing. People who love science tend to be more analytical and people who love writing tend to be more creative. Well, I'm both analytical and creative.

It's possible to be that way. If life has taught me anything over these past few years, it's that anything is possible. I've gotten A's in both science and English courses. That's not me bragging about my grades because trust me they are nothing to brag about, but it's me showing how 2 separate parts of my brain can be strong.

For me, I fell in love with writing through journaling. It's more of a nonfiction writing style, and it's because I had thoughts that needed to leave my brain at 2 am one morning. I didn't want to send any of my friends a long text message expressing my feelings, so I found a notebook and started writing to my future self. Sure enough, it was therapeutic for me and I fell in love with writing as I journaled more.

Part of the reason why I love writing is because it gives me a place to channel my millions of thoughts onto paper. I'm constantly analyzing and sometimes overthinking things. Basically, since I am over-analytical about a lot of things, writing is my outlet to get these thoughts out of my brain.

Over the course of time, I have found this unspoken and secret beauty to the skill of writing. By far it is one of the most important skills anyone could have, and it's a skill that will always be needed because you need writing to communicate through text messaging, emails, proposals, and the list goes on. I love writing for this very reason.

More so, I love science too. Science is my first passion and with wanting to be a high school teacher, I hope to get young students to love science too. It is one of the coolest things on this planet.

To understand how the world works through science is absolutely mind-blowing. If you take or have taken physics, you know that there is an equation for everything like bouncing a ball while walking. It is the coolest thing in the world.

In middle school, we see a volcano diorama and we see how volcanoes sort of work. That's science, most of us are amazed by it. In college, science is really difficult and tedious, but it's fun. It's fun being challenged and being forced to analyze things in new ways.

Over the winter session, I took physics and thank goodness for my professor because he is a true gem of a person, but he made physics apply to the real world. It's the study of the real world and how things work and interact. It's all math and that's the hard part, but it was fun to see how math actually applies to the real world.

Analyzing and understanding the world through a scientific lens is so cool to me. It's not to everyone, and I respect that, but it's cool to know why clouds form and why certain rocks are lighter than others. It's cool to know why when I dribble a basketball even when I am running, it still comes back to my hands.

Point is, there is science behind everything, and I love learning that. I love analyzing it, just as much as I love writing.

Thus, it is possible to love writing and science. It's not common, but both are so cool and imperative to society in their own ways.

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