Dear Soon to Be High School Graduate

Dear Soon to Be High School Graduate

You've come a long way, friend.
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So it approaches. The day you've been waiting for since your senior year began, maybe even before that. The moment when you will be given a diploma and sent off to college or even straight into the real world. You were probably ready to be done with high school months ago, but as graduation approaches, I'm sure you're a little uncertain of what the future might hold.

First and foremost, college is exponentially better than high school. It is full of new people, new things, and new experiences that will knock you off your feet. Everything about college is fresh and exciting. You're able to discover yourself and define who you are. The path ahead may be unpredictable, but there are a thousand doors that have yet to be opened. You will change your mind about what you're going to do for a living and who you're going to be countless times, but that is OK. College is meant to be a time for experimentation and no one expects you to have your life planned out before you're even truly an adult.

You're independent, but you're never alone. Your family and your friends from high school are always a phone call, FaceTime, or text away. Don't be fooled, some of your friendships will fade with time, but that's just life! The friends who are truly your "people" will remain close to you regardless of distance. You'll get homesick, but you're not alone in that either. I implore you to not be that kid who goes home every weekend. If you do, you'll miss out on so many things. Most importantly, you'll miss out on meeting some of the incredible people around you. Sometimes, your best friends are the ones in one of your classes or across the hall and you'll never know it if you don't open yourself up. Embrace the welcome week activities and don't waste a minute of your freshman year. As a college freshman who's year is almost over, I can tell you it goes by too fast.

Now that you're excited for September, rewind to right now. You have a month or so left of your high school career. I can't stress enough how important it is to make the most of these last days. Even though college is incredible, I'd be lying if I told you that most college freshmen didn't miss high school every once in a while. You had teachers that knew you by name, a lunch table to gossip at each day, organized school events to look forward to, and hallways full of people you loved. You will look back and wonder if you made the most of your time there. So make sure you rid yourself of stressors and worries and enjoy your last days as a senior. Do you have a chance to be in the final school play or join a club? Do it. That person from your science class you've had a crush on since sophomore year? Talk to them. Don't have regrets. If you live your life that way, you're going to go far. Understand that you have the potential to be someone extraordinary. Be yourself and smile often because the world can be wonderful if you allow it to be!

You've got one life to live, so live it beautifully.


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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.

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I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.

Love,

Your forever number one fan

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