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

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

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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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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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To My Parents On Their 25th Anniversary

Thanks for showing me what I hope to get out of my marriage someday.

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Growing up I never realized just how lucky I was. I grew up with two parents that put not just each other's needs but our family's needs first. I was able to grow alongside one of the strongest relationships I know and from that I learned a lot. I learned a lot about what it means to be understanding, to be able to compromise, & to be able to put somebody else's needs above my own. I was able to see what being in a strong, healthy, & happy relationship looks like, and I now hold the same standards for my own relationships.

Like any family, of course, we faced some bumps in the road, but seeing how my parents worked together and as a team was what got us through them. They heard each other out, and one didn't attempt to overpower the other. They've always been very conscious of the other's feelings which is something I try my best to do in all the situations and conflicts that come my way.

As individuals, I learned from my mom that it is completely okay to be over-emotional and care "too much." She's sat by me through all of my tears and meltdowns over some of the most minor conflicts that I've managed to overanalyze. She would always assure me that everything will find a way of working itself out because the things you care about always find a way. My dad showed me not only that I'm a little stubborn at times, but also that I shouldn't live my life caring what is thought of me. He's always been there to remind me of my worth and reassure me by saying "if anyone loses you, it's their loss." While it takes time to develop, I owe a lot of my confidence to my parents.

Wrapping my mind around being happily married to someone for 25 years is a crazy thought being only 21 years old; imagining spending all of those 21 years of my life and then some with someone is a pretty incredible thought at my age. Its safe to say my parents have set the bar pretty high & I hope to also have an amazing relationship set to last forever as they do.

Thanks for everything and cheers to 25 years!

Devon

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