A Letter To My Parents As I Start My First Semester Of College

A Letter To My Parents As I Start My First Semester Of College

Thank you for everything, I love you unconditionally.

Dear Mom and Dad,

You have raised me for 18 years now. You have put up with all forms of me- newborn, infant, toddler, teenager. You have seen the best and the worst of me. You have seen me at my happiest, when I’m with you and the family, and when I am with my students/campers. You’ve seen me at my worst, crying over a boyfriend, a bad day, or a bad grade. You were there to comfort me when I couldn’t be strong. You put up with my mischievous stage because I needed attention (thanks for leaving me in between two boys). You are my heroes.

You have supplied me with long-lasting advice about everything I could imagine. You have guarded me my whole life from the evil that exists in the world. You stood up for me when I couldn’t stand for myself. You were right about all my old “friends” who weren’t much to friends to me. You knew when trouble was coming before anything arose. You knew just how to take care of your “little girl.”

You have provided for me. You gave me a beautiful home, food on the table, clothing, a car, and a great life. You gave me a life where many memories are cherished. You supported me from day one, whether it was on the basketball court, softball field, at home or in the classroom, you were and still are my biggest fans. You provided me comfort especially during this summer as we lost a big part of family - Poppy. Thank you for being my biggest supporters in times when I was weak and not myself.

You watched me grow into the kind, compassionate, beautiful young lady I am today. You have given me more than I can ask for. You have given me nothing but love, sometimes tough love. You watched me earn awards, acceptance letters, scholarships, and my high school diploma, all of which couldn’t have happened with your unconditional love and support.

As I embark on this next chapter of my life at Rider, I will foster all the advice you have provided me. I will cherish the memories we’ve shared thus far and look forward to making many more as we spend family nights together on campus. I will continue to strive for my goals and excel as I undertake my dream as a teacher. I will never take for granted the life you have provided me. I will always remember my roots and promise to remain faithful, optimistic and put my trust in God. I promise to come to you in difficult situations and keep you updated on my life as a Rider Bronc. I know I fail to say it every day but I thank you for the life I have been fortunate enough to live, thanks to you. Thank you for being the hard-working, selfless parents you are. Thank you for everything.

I am me because of you.

Love Always,


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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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