For My Sister As She Graduates High School

For My Sister As She Graduates High School

"Let her sleep for when she wakes she will move mountains."
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I really feel like an old lady saying this, but I cannot believe how grown up my little sister is. She is now a high school graduate and is getting ready to go off to college. It’s crazy because I remember her when she was small. We were close from the moment she was born and still are. She is the person I have the most memories with.

I remember when we used to have “sleepovers” in each other’s rooms. Most of the time they were in her room, and I would run across the hall with my pillows and blankets so our brother wouldn’t see us and want to join. We would always start Full House with the hopes of finishing at least one episode, but I fell asleep before that every time. (We have all eight seasons of Full House on DVD and have probably seen every episode at least 10 times.)

The two of us also had an incredibly large American Girl doll collection and kept them all upstairs in one room. There were many weekends and days in the summer that we sat up there for HOURS playing with them. I don’t know how we never got bored.

We grew up singing and dancing together, both on an actual stage and in the kitchen. I can’t dance, but she always helped me do my best. And sometimes,she didn’t even laugh at me. Our most memorable performance to me was when we spent one whole day changing the lyrics from “I Want it All” from High School Musical 3. We changed it to “Jen Wants it All” to perform for our mom’s friend. (She loved it, by the way.)

Once again, I cannot believe that she is 18-years-old. And despite the fact that she is my little sister, she taught me so much growing up. She is definitely a role model to me.

She always studied more than I did and is crazily organized. I do not know how she did it, but I do know that it motivated me to make some flashcards and try to get my life together (sometimes).

She never lets anyone bring her down. When someone hurts me, it takes me awhile to recover, but I admire the fact that it doesn’t take her very long. When things don’t go her way, it makes her want to work harder. I hope someday I can be this way.

She is a great friend. She is honest and loyal, but never does anything she doesn’t want to. She has high morals and standards that others respect most of the time. People know where they stand with her, and I commend her for that.

I know that the end of this summer is going to be tough. Saying goodbye to my little sister for a while will not be easy, but I am so proud of her. I am proud of everything she has accomplished, and I cannot wait to see what she does next.

So Emily, as you make your way into a new adventure, I want you to know that you are an inspiration, especially to me. You are smart, talented, witty, and strong, and you are going to make an amazing impact on this world.

“Always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and more loved than you know.”

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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 High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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