Dear High School Seniors, Where Do I Begin?

Dear High School Seniors, Where Do I Begin?

Life has a funny way of working out just when you start to believe it never will.
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Dear high school seniors...

School is starting back, and you know what that means. It means you only have one semester left in high school. Some of you are thrilled, some of you are terrified, but most of you are probably somewhere in between. I understand how you feel because I was there only two short years ago.

Believe me, it goes by so much faster than you think it will. Enjoy your final moments with your teachers. They really do care about you. Say thank you to your custodians and cafeteria workers. Smile at your principal as you walk by them in the hallway. These are days you won't get back, so take advantage of them.

Dear high school seniors...

I know you're worried about life after graduation. If you're going to college, you're worried about balancing scholarship applications with keeping your grades up to still qualify for those scholarships at the end of the year. You're trying to decide which school you want to attend, and you're figuring out what you're going to study after high school.

If you're going straight to work, you're worried about finding a job that will support you in your life. If you're going into the military, you're worried about others worrying about you. You want to do what's best for you and your country, but you hate that others will stay up at night because they won't always know how you're doing. I know every single one of you is worried about what the future will hold, but I promise you, it'll work out. It always does.

Dear high school seniors...

There will be friends you'll lose touch with after graduation. That's part of growing up. But there is also nothing wrong with staying friends with people you graduated with. Hometown friends share a common bond with you that college friends never will. Know this - the friends who are meant to be in your life after graduation will be in your life after graduation.

That might be none, or that might be twenty. No matter what happens though, don't abandon your hometown friends just because "that's what everyone does". If you've got good high school friends, keep them as best you can. If people can meet their spouse in high school, there is no reason you can't also meet lifelong friends there.

Dear high school seniors...

I wish you could know your college best friends now. I wish you could meet them and get a head start on your friendship. I wish you could see the memories you'll make, and hear the inside jokes you'll soon have. I wish you could know that even if you don't have very many friends at the moment, there are people out there who will become your best friends.

You'll wonder how you went through high school without these people, and you'll be so glad God put them in your life. College best friends become your family and support system. Once you find these people, hang on to them.

Dear high school seniors...

Take chances in every aspect of your life. You regret what you didn't do, not what you did do. So tell that boy you like him. Ask that girl to prom. Apply for the school you don't think you have any chance of getting into. If you don't, you'll always wonder "what if?" and that is a terrible feeling.

Dear high school seniors...

You're worried about all of this, and so much more. But let me tell you this one simple truth: things work themselves out. You'll go to a school you're meant to go to. You'll find a job that works for you. Your high school friends will stay in your life if they're meant to be there.

The people who will become your college best friends will find their way into your life. The chances you take will become learning experiences, and you'll learn so much more about yourself and your world by taking these chances. So dear high school seniors...enjoy this last semester. Make the most of it. And remember this - you will be okay.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.

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To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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Being A #GirlBoss Isn't Easy

I enjoy the satisfaction that comes after finishing a project with which I struggled.

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I never anticipated college would be as busy as it is. I always thought that I would have plenty of free time in college to party it up and truly enjoy myself. While that time does exist, the majority of my time is spent either in class, doing homework, working (at either of my two jobs), or working on my Weedtube account. I'm one busy #GirlBoss, that's for sure.

I don't find that I have much free time in college, so I try to budget my time wisely. Making sure there is enough time in the day for me to complete everything I need to while having some downtime is difficult! But, it is vital.

Being a college student means managing tons of deadlines all at once, which can be really overwhelming so being well-prepared is key. For me, this means ALWAYS having my planner on me. I write down everything from upcoming assignments to hangouts with my friends to make sure I don't miss anything. I've been making an effort to procrastinate less this term in hopes that the quality of my work improves, as well, in which my planner has been really helpful.

While I kind of wish I had more free time, I do enjoy being busy. I enjoy the satisfaction that comes after finishing a project with which I struggled. I enjoy going from one activity right into the next one and I feel like I'm always juggling a ton of things at once. This term, I'm working at the downtown Theater, while working as the Editor-In-Chief for my Odyssey community and writing articles myself. I'm still going to school full-time and I'm trying to upload weekly videos. I've been busier in past terms, but there truly is something so satisfying about the grind. I can't wait to graduate next year and begin the next step of my life, so until then, I'll continue getting that bread.

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