To My High School Friends As We Graduate

To My High School Friends As We Graduate

Here's to our last few days walking the halls together.
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Dear high school friends,

We are almost out of here, and honestly I’ve never been more excited and more nervous all at once. Our lives are about to completely change, from no longer seeing each other in the hallways to no longer all being in the same town. It is scary to think that our four years are suddenly done with. We’ve grown up and we say we're ready, but I know we all have a little bit of doubt about our futures, even if it is the tiniest bit. I just wanted to say some parting words in these last moments we have left as high schoolers, so here it goes.

First off, I love you all. You have helped me become who I am, and I am happy to know I helped shape you, too. Our small town helped make us a family, and I couldn’t be more proud of that. We have had some tragic things we’ve endured, but on the flip side we have a million happy memories that I will always take with me. From Friday night lights, homecomings and proms, to Late Night Apps and chilling at each other's houses, we made the most of our kinda boring town and really we did what we could. We left a very big impact on our school and have hit many goals. I can’t help but think about how successful we all are, and how successful we will be.

To my girls, thank you. We have each other's backs, and our girls nights are monumental. We have a solid group of girls, and I think we’ve done a great job of supporting each other. Our group chat will never die. There is always going to be some little piece of home we will reminisce about or funny memories we will run into. From world travelers to kitchen appliances, I know we will continue to evolve.

To my boys, you all grew up on me. I can remember all of us girls thinking you’d never, ever mature; let alone, any of you actually get girlfriends. You guys know how to lighten the mood and keep everyone going, even if it is because of an inappropriate joke. You guys keep us on our toes! You’ve all turned into amazing young men, and you guys will go far. Thanks for all the fun times under the Friday night lights and at the basketball courts. You guys impacted me more than you’ll know.

Soon it will be graduation day, and we will all be dressed in those baggy blue robes. We will sit in the rows and listen to the band and the choir. We will get those diplomas and watch our class video. We will take more pictures than any dance, and maybe even shed a tear or two. We will have finally done it, and it will be beyond bittersweet. This small town made us, and we know that.

Even sooner, it will be August. Some of us will leave, others will stay. Some will go far far away, and others will be only an hour away. We won’t see each other every day; we won’t have nugs and mozz dippers anymore. Apps won’t be as frequent as they were, and we will have way too long of a time between each get together. I know some of us will probably drop off the grid, some of us will get married, and some of us might not. Wherever life takes us, we will have this bond. You will all have a spot in my heart.

Love always,

Kenz

Cover Image Credit: Mackenzie Boivin

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.
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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

Cover Image Credit: Caity Callan

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Visiting Your Friends At Different Colleges Is Worth The Drive

Learning about the lives my friends are living at other schools is extremely interesting.

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When I went to college, many of my friends went to different schools. Some of us went to the same college, some went to other in-state schools and some even went out-of-state. If you are ever bored and are thinking about spending the weekend with your friend at their college, I recommend doing it!

As a student at the University of Florida, I already know the best places to eat, party and relax in Gainesville. During my time here, I have met so many new people and have experienced so many new things. But, sometimes I forget that my friends are living their own lives at different schools, as well.

When I went to visit one of my best friends at the University of Central Florida, it was neat to see how she matured as a person. She took me to all the cool bars, introduced me to all of her new friends and gave me a tour of campus. Getting to see how she has evolved so much was so fascinating.

Visiting my friends at Florida State University was a whole experience in itself. I had many friends go to this school. Each of them lives their own lives, some still hang out, and some are even roommates. The culture at each university is so much different than the culture at my school. It was fun to meet all of their new classmates and sorority sisters. Getting to know the people that spend every day with the friends that I used to spend every day with is something I love to do.

If you ever have a break from studying, get a little bored, or even just miss your friends, give them a call and ask to stay with them for the weekend! I promise you will learn so much more about them and how they are taking on their new phase of life.

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