A Letter To My Baby Brother

A Letter To My Baby Brother

Today I love you more than yesterday because yesterday you got on my nerves
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My dearest little brother there are so many things I wish I could warn you about, give you advice about, and try to steer you in the right direction. But there is only so much I can help with because there are things you need to learn on your own. My advice to you varies from friends, to grades, to wrestling, the classes you should take and the ones you should stay away from, and love (even though you think I’m annoying when I talk about girls to you).

Your friends will be your friends until you do something they don’t agree with or you speak your mind and they don’t like the outcome. If you can’t be honest with your friends without them starting things, they aren’t really your friends. I have gone through the drama, I’ve gone through countless of groups and I honestly didn’t find my true blue friends until the end of my junior year. Yes we fight, yes we disagree, yes we get mad at each other; but despite all of that we make up and stick by each other’s sides. And from all of that, you were blessed with 4 other “sisters” that I know for a fact will look out for you when I can’t. Talyn, Jadyn, Abby, Grace, and I love you with all of our heart.

Now grades are THE MOST important thing in school. It defines you in Honor Roll or High Honor Roll, in the ranking of your class; it defines you to be ineligible or eligible for your sports (I’m serious you will not play if your grades are bad). But most importantly that is what colleges look at when they are reviewing you for acceptance; whether it’s a trade school or a 4-year college/ university they WILL LOOK AT YOUR GRADES!!! I know you hate it when mom, dad or I get on your back about them but it’s because we see greatness in your future. You ARE smart, and you ARE going places little brother.

You do have a gift of being a natural athlete, you are good at anything you put your mind to Football, Soccer, Baseball, and most of all wrestling. Usually, when I watch wrestling it’s the usual blood, sweat, and anger. But not when it comes to you; when you wrestle it’s like watching a ballet, everything is timed, every move is executed, and it’s just simply graceful. You make wrestling look so easy (which I know it’s not because you just HAVE to practice your new moves with me) but you are gifted. Don’t let that get to your head because it’s not all-raw talent; you have a lot of people to thank for making you the wrestler you are today (Burke and Brad Paddock, Mom and Dad, Biff, Buckey, Caprio, Brownie, Uncle Stevie, Logan, Seth, Zach Flaitz, and Christopher Graham) they all pushed you to become YOUR best. You’ve come a long way from when you began in CWC, and I couldn’t be more proud of you.

Now with your classes, I honestly highly recommend the Co-op if you want to go into construction (never in my life have I taken them but they have helped many), but you absolutely need to take Public Speaking, it’s helped me in more way than one, especially with my confidence. Another is calculus, I know you think you can’t handle it but K. Miller teaches kids until they understand, she doesn’t have a timeline and she is one of the most understanding teachers I know (other than Gloria Bowers). Don’t jump the gun when I tell you this but I also recommend Physics with Mr. Smith. It’s one of my favorite classes, and he is a good teacher, he puts all the problems into real-life situations AND when you get to the electricity subject you get to shock people!! I do NOT recommend the AP US history since colleges don’t accept that, and I don’t recommend History of Rock and Roll.


I may be saying this as an overprotective sister but trust me when I say no Central Mountain girl is worth your time, in fact, no girl is worth your time right now. They don’t deserve your brilliance, your kindness, or your loving heart. You are one in a million, and these girls are evil (sorry I’m being overprotective) but they only want the title of “Lane Porter’s girlfriend” when in reality they’re either going to annoy the living s**t out of you, or they’re going to break your heart. I don’t want you to go through what I have seen others go through. You don’t need to be wrapped up in some pointless drama because the girl wants attention. But if you do get involved with a girl that genuinely cares for you and about you then you need to treat her right and respect her and her family, but also don’t lose sight of what’s important (A.K.A. SCHOOL!!!!!). In the event of a breakup, never lose sight of yourself because, in the end, it’s her loss. It’s not your fault and you shouldn’t feel bad about yourself. I never want you to cry yourself to sleep because someone blamed everything on you. You don’t deserve that.

You are my adventure partner, Ice cream loving, wrestling all-star, gossip partner, baby brother, and bestest friend I could’ve ever asked for (Even though you annoy me 25% of the time). I still can’t believe I have to not only leave for college but also leave you to face some of the biggest struggles you have ahead of you. I want you to remember that I’m always full of advice, I’m one phone call away, and I’m always going to be your biggest fan and I’ll be the one screaming for you in the stands. I love you more little brother.

Xoxo

Ellison

P.S. You aren’t allowed to have my room when I leave


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Dear Mom, From Your Daughter In College

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Dear Mom,

Do you remember when I was three and we would play together? It was the age of princesses and carpet that was actually lava, and you were the prettiest woman in the whole wide world. Do you remember when I was in high school and the world seemed too big and scary? You would know exactly when to take me on a mother-daughter date and have me laughing about anything and everything, and you were the smartest woman in the whole wide world. Now, I'm buried in homework and deadlines hours away from you and we don't get to talk as much you want, but you're still the prettiest, smartest woman in the whole wide world.

I'm sorry that I don't call you as much as I should, and you know a lot of what goes on in my world via posts and pictures. Our schedules just seem to never line up so we can have the three-hour conversations about everything like I want to. I know we don't agree on absolutely everything, but I cherish every piece of advice you give me, even though it probably seems like I'm hardly listening. I know that sometimes we get on each other's nerves, but thank you for putting up with me for all of these years. Thank you for listening to me cry, complain, question things and go on and on about how everything in college is. I know I don't come home as much as I used to, but I think about you all the time. After all, you're my first friend, and therefore, my best friend.

Thank you for celebrating my successes with me, and not downing me too hard for my failures. Thank you for knowing what mistakes I shouldn't make, but letting me make them anyway because you want me to live my life and be my own person. Thank you for knowing when to ask about the boy I've been talking about, and when to stop without any questions. Thank you for letting me be my crazy, weird, sometimes know-it-all self.

Thank you for sitting back and watching me spread my wings and fly. There is no way I could have known how to grow into the woman I am today if I hadn't watched you while I was growing up so I would know what kind of person I should aspire to be. Thank you for being the first (and the best) role model I ever had. You continue to inspire and amaze me every day with all that you do, and all that you are.

I don't know how I got so lucky to have a person in my life like you, but I thank the Lord every night for blessing me with the smartest, prettiest person to be my best friend, my role model, my confidant, my person and most importantly, my mother.

Love,

Your daughter

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To The Little Brother Starting College This Week, From Your Proud Big Sister

As a big sister, I feel obligated to bestow upon you some sisterly advice to help you in this transition.

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I'm so proud of you. You've made it this far and now this week you're taking the next step to pursue your passion. College is very different but also similar to your prior experiences. As your big sister, I feel obligated to bestow upon you some sisterly advice to help you in this transition.

College... well, it's time-consuming. Between classes and homework that seems to take up more time then the classes, you'll have a lot on your plate. Add in a social life and working a job, your time management skills are gonna need to be top tier. I'm still trying to find the best method for me and it seems to change each semester depending on what classes and extracurriculars I have going on. If you ever need any help managing everything don't be afraid to ask me. And don't be afraid to say no to people either. You're not going to have time for every event, hangout, and extra shift you're offered. But at the same time, you need to find the best balance for yourself.

As you find your seat in each of your classes please, pretty please, say hi to those around you. Arrive early so you have time for this. Strike up conversations and exchange contact information. If you're ever sick, forget the homework, are stuck, have questions, need a study buddy, or anything else you may need help within that class they're gonna be super helpful. And you're going to be extremely grateful you got their information early on. It's up to you to build some sort of support system in each of your classes. Having at least one or two people you can reach out to will prove extremely useful as you navigate the semester.

These fellow classmates aren't just useful for classes but for the entire college experience. Maybe some of them you'll really hit it off with and you'll become friends. Maybe some of them are first years like you and you can help each other figure out what you're supposed to be doing. Or maybe they are in the same major as you and you guys can help each other figure out what classes you need or be future study buddies if you have future classes together. Just make some friends or at least contacts in all your classes.

Another thing you should do is go to those freshman events they offer! Seriously, I met some great people and really felt introduced to the campus life by attending the many starts of the semester events that were offered by my University. If you have the time, take advantage of this limited time offer and attend. I know this sounds like a bad TV advertisement but it's one you should listen to. Plus they're completely free and often super fun.

Another way to make friends is to join campus organizations! It's important to get involved and to find groups that interest you. Not only is it a great way to meet new friends but it's also a great way to pursue your interests. Don't be afraid to go to a bunch of meetings before finding the people you click with the most. College is another opportunity to explore and it makes it super easy for you to do so. Take advantage of that.

No matter what, remember to stay open-minded. Don't close yourself off to opportunities. I started college as a journalism major in the College of Arts & Sciences and now I'm a pre-social work major in the College of Health & Human Services. Or the fact that I always believed sororities weren't for me and were expensive. Now I'm rushing one and learning that just because I'm broke doesn't mean sororities are off limits to me. I never expected that this would be where I'd end up a year ago but here I am and I'm extremely happy. You might think you have it all worked out but take it from someone who was in that same mindset for years. Life has a funny way of working itself out and if you give it a chance you'll find the right path for you.

Most of all, don't let opportunities pass you by because you're scared. Such as if you decide you might want to switch the direction you were taking in college or if you feel you need to take a lighter course load one semester. Don't worry about taking more than four years as you're not alone. A lot of students decide to switch majors or take fewer classes to work more and end up being in school longer. And if you're scared you might not be good at something try it anyways. As the saying goes “you only regret the chances you didn't take."

I love you and truly believe you're going to do great over these next years. Stay true to yourself, be safe, and don't be afraid to branch out. You've got this and I'll be only a phone call away if you ever need anything.

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