Poetry On Odyssey: Here's To You, My Last Semester

Poetry On Odyssey: Here's To You, My Last Semester

This one is for you.

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Here's to you, my last semester.

Here's to the countless tears, sleepless nights and all-nighters.

Here's to the friends come and gone; to love lost and gained.


To the times I thought I was a failure but trudged through anyway.

To the times I won and thanked God for the failures that got me there.

To the times I lost faith and thought I'd never find it again.


Here's to you.


Here's to the new experiences and adventures—I'll never forget.

Here's to the confidence gained and the insecurities lost.

Here's to finding myself, losing myself, and finding myself again.


For the anxiety, depression and hair pulled.

For the friends and family who helped me through it all.

For the grades I learned not to let define me.


Here's to you.


To the lessons learned and trials overcome.

To the chins held high and the "fake it till you make it" smiles.

To the genuine smiles.


Here's to you.


Here's to the multiple jobs and the ocean of debt I'm learning to swim in.

Here's to the work ethic built over the last five years.

Here's to the opportunities of a lifetime.


For the 200 plus articles written in the last three years.

For the growth in dreams and the steps toward reality.

For the challenges that have made me sweat and cry.


Here's to you.


To the family I found—blood and not blood.

To the past, present and future.

To the failures, accomplishments and present endeavors.


Here's to independence, but learning how to ask for help.

Here's to the professors and peers who taught me something new.

Here's to the courage to dream big.


For the last five years.

For strength and perseverance.

For the last semester.


This one is for you.


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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.
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The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.


3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.


6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.


7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.


13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.


14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.


You're finally back to your old self.

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Dear Future Children

First and foremost, know that I love you. Always. Before you were even born, I loved you.

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Dear future children, I don't know when you'll arrive or if I'll be able to have you biologically. I don't know how long it will take me to have you, or if you'll grow up rich or poor. But for however much I don't know at this point in time as an 18-year-old college student, there are several things I know for certain which I want you to really understand growing up.

First and foremost, know that I love you. Always. Before you were even born, I loved you. Even now thinking about the potential of you, I love you. Never for one second will I ever stop loving you. Yes, I will get mad sometimes and be stubborn. But never, ever forget that even when we fight, my love for you will never waver.

Second, know that I love your father and that he loves me.

I vow right now to never raise you in an environment in which you question your parents' love for one another. I promise to show you each and every day what a good example of loving parents looks like. I hope you never doubt that we love each other and that through us, you will learn what a healthy, loving relationship should look like.

Third, we will go to church.

Though I can't make the decision for you to be a Christian, I will present you with every opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Whether you become a Christian or not, we will go to church because I want you to experience true community. I want you to grow up in a safe place surrounded by people who love you and will not hurt you.

Every decision I make will be with the intent to help and not to harm you.

Though you may not always agree with the decisions I make, I assure you I always mean the best. That goes for your dad, as well. As parents, our first and foremost priority is to protect you. So even if life may not seem fair at times, know that we are trying our best. All we are is humans at the end of the day.

You will never be alone.

Through every high and low. From every goal scored to every heartbreak, I will be there. I promise you I'm not as old as you think, and I was a kid once, too. Nearly every experience you face I have lived through as well. It is my job to be there to support and empathize with you. Even when you are an adult with kids of your own, you will still have me to come back to if ever need be.

I won't lead you astray.

Though I am only human at the end of the day, I will never purposely set a bad example for you. You will inspire me to be the best me I ever have been, for your sake. I will not be hypocritical in my actions. I will lead by example, a good example. I want you to grow up nicely, and that starts with my influence as your parent.

And at the end of the day, know that we are a family.

I'm always going to be your mom, and you're always going to be my child. I will always be there supporting and cheering for you. I will always do what is best for you. And most of all, I will never stop loving you.

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