Parents, Please Understand How Hard College Is For Your Kids

To Families Of College Students, Please Try To Be Sympathetic During These Weeks Of Finals

Regardless of if we get the results we want or not, we need you to believe in us and be proud of all the effort we are putting in.

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As Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas is now slowly approaching, meaning that the end of the semester and finals are coming at us full speed. This is a stressful time for all students, whether we are trying to preserve a decent grade or improve one that might not be so great. All we want to do is get in the holiday spirit but must try to finish our semesters off strong before we can do so.

It is easy for this stress to get to us students because of the fact that we all want to do our best and succeed, that is why we are all in college after all. It is important for us to have a positive support system during this time, and for a lot of us, that means our family. As excited as we are to come home and for you as our family to have us back, we need your support from afar before we can do so.

We need your sympathy and compassion with our mini breakdowns or our frequent feelings of wanting to quit. We need you to answer our phone calls whenever we find ourselves needing to relax and take a break from it all, even if just for a moment. We basically just need to know you are there for us, through all the ups and downs that come with this stress of college and finals season.

Along with our urge to do well for ourselves, we also just want to know there are people out there who are proud of us. Regardless of if we get the results we want or not, we need you to believe in us and be proud of all the effort we are putting in. It makes us feel that much better when we know you're acknowledging the work we are putting in.

Overall, us college students just need you, our families, to be there for us through this difficult time. Finals season may make us want to cry, break down, and even given up, but we need you to be there and remind us of the reason we are doing this. Do your best to put your college student at ease whenever possible so that we all can come home for the holidays feeling as though we accomplished something great.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life

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When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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