A Letter to the Teachers Who Changed My Life

A Letter to the Teachers Who Changed My Life

Without your constant support, I wouldn't be where I am today. Thank you for all that you have done for me.

Dear Teacher(s) who changed my life:

I can’t begin to express my gratitude towards you. You gave me the world in just a few short years in high school. You helped to shape me into the person I am today and for that, I am forever grateful. I hope you realize how often you are impacting others around you and how much you mean to me and the other students you teach. With your dedication and commitment to your students the world is a much better place.

I want to thank you for being a great listener. Having someone on my side for different situations was incredibly helpful throughout these last few years. You might not have realized it then, but this was where you were most helpful. As you probably learned fairly quickly, I am constantly talking. Sometimes I just needed someone to be there to answer all of my pointless questions or to listen to me complain about annoying situations.

As much as you taught me in the classroom, I learned just as much if not more, outside because of you. You taught me how to be strong and smart. You gave so much insight to the world I would soon be entering as an adult, and without you I would not be prepared for the next four years of college.

Thank you for all of the opportunities I was given, without you I can guarantee I wouldn’t be where I am today. Because of these opportunities, I was able to find my passions, explore new places and meet so many people with similar goals. I got to discover amazing cities and I met some of my best friends in your classrooms.

Most importantly, thank you for believing in me. Thank you for watching me grow as a person, student and friend. Thank you for just being there when all I needed someone to talk to. Thank you for being a positive inspiration these last few years. You made my high school experience the best it could have ever been.

I will never forget the memories we made, and why yes that might sound weird to others, some of my best memories in high school were with you. I will never forget all the laughs and maybe a few cries we have shared. I will never forget the long talks we have had and the advice you have passed down to me. I really did become a better person by being in your classroom. Even if I only had you as a teacher for a short time, you made the biggest impact.

You were more than just a teacher, you were an inspiration to everyone around you. I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for me and I can’t wait to see who else you inspire.

Cover Image Credit: Hannah Craft

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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