A Letter to the Graduates of 2017

A Letter to the Graduates of 2017

From a Graduate of 2016
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Dear 2017 Graduate,

You are about to embark on what I consider one of the most eye opening experiences of your life - so far. Your senior year of high school has finally come, but before you know it, it will be done in a flash. This ultimately is one of the most importants years of your life, so take advantage and embrace every second of it.

Senior year has by far been my favorite year of high school, the first day especially. You get to come in early for the senior breakfast, scope out the new freshman class, see all your friends who you haven’t seen all summer and basically run the school. You’ll go to your last-first football game of the year, your last-first tryout for your sport and your last-first homecoming pep rally. I promise you, it will all fly by.

There’s a bunch of things that will all make sense senior year. Like yes, Senioritis IS a thing and it does affect every single senior. And teachers actually DO care about you. I have grown so close to many of my teachers throughout high school, but especially my senior year. They’ve watched you grow throughout the past four years and they have helped shape you into the student you are. They only have good intentions for you and they want you to succeed after you graduate. Another thing that I’ve learned is that every friend you make along the way is not always permanent. The girl you thought would be your best friend for life might end up being just an acquaintance and the girl who used to just be your lab partner could end up being your future maid of honor. And that’s okay, people change.

Another piece of advice I can offer you, is make time for your family. This is something I wish that I had done more. As a student, you should be going out with friends having fun, but you should also be with your family. I know that just because you’re a senior, you’re considered an “adult,” but you never know what could happen. If I had one regret during my senior year, it’s that I wasn’t as close with my family as I wanted to be. Never act like you’re too cool for them. Hug your mom, tell your dad you love him, let your sister borrow your clothes and don’t yell at your brother when he leaves the toilet seat up - you’re going to miss it all when you leave for college.

As I now enter my freshman year in college, I regret being too discouraged to live my senior year to the fullest, so my advice to you, get involved. Dress up for spirit week, participate in the powderpuff game, join clubs and committees and step out of your comfort zone. You only have one senior year, so do it right.

In the end, the tassel is worth the hassel, I promise!

My best wishes,

A 2016 Graduate

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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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10 Special Places In Your Hometown You Can't Wait To Revisit When The Semester Is Over

I can't wait to go home!

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Everyone has their favorite local spots that they love in their hometown. These could be famous staples that everyone knows about, or your little getaway when life was hitting you hard growing up. Since being away from home I never understood how important they were to me until I wasn't there. It doesn't matter if you live in Maine or California, everyone has their spot or multiple spots.

Here is a list of 10 places that you will stop at once you get home.

1. Your Favorite Local Restaurant(s)

This restaurant or restaurants always come through whenever you want to eat your favorite food(s). It always made everything to perfection, and nearly every person knows your name in there.

2. Coffee Shop

The place that you always can meet your friends, or a quite place to get work done.

3. High School 

Going back to your local high school is always a positive walk down memory lane to see all your old teachers, and people that affected your life for the better.

4. Friends' Houses 

So many memories are there, and it's always so refreshing to see their faces and talk to people that you have grown up with.

5. Nature Spots 

You know those places that whenever you get to them can make you so much happier and more relaxed? That's what I'm talking about.

6. Walking Around Your Neighborhood 

Walking around your neighborhood is always fun, and you get to see a bunch of familiar faces.

7. Your Bed 

Because what's better than that...

8. Your Local Church 

It is always nice to see your youth group and elders whenever you come back.

9. Grandparents' House

You know when you are going over something good is always waiting behind the door.

10. Top Of A Parking Garage 

The ultimate best view to watch fireworks, sunsets, and sun rises.

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