A Letter To My Freshman Sister

A Letter To My Freshman Sister

Have you tried fireball yet?

You’re now officially through your first full month of college. Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday, I was moving into my freshman dorm room, teasing you about still being in high school. And now here we are, two years later...but it feels like two seconds.

It’s hard for me to believe you’re living in a dorm, keeping up with a roommate, and managing a college workload. To me, you’ll always be too young to be doing these #adult things.

Don’t be afraid to try what intimidates you. Who cares if you can’t do backflips and big stunts? You love cheer and you’re good at it. You light up when you step onto the field, and you shout louder than any cheerleader I know. Those girls would be lucky to call you a teammate. Maybe you’ll make the team, maybe you won’t, but you’ll never know unless you try. And the same goes for all things in college, from running for class president to asking a cute boy for his number. To quote "A Cinderella Story", "Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."

On that note, don’t let rejection ruin your day. In ten years, will it really matter if you didn’t make this club, or get elected this spot, or didn’t get that guy’s number? You probably won’t remember that guy in ten years, anyway (and probably not even the next morning).

Speaking of hungover mornings, please don’t go too crazy. I don’t think my heart could take it to see Snaps of my sweet, innocent baby sister getting drunk. But don’t be scared to let loose and relax once in awhile with a shot (have you tried Fireball yet?)

Oh, and I hear from mom and dad you've especially been loving the pizza in the DH. Pizza is great and all, but remember: everything in moderation. Enjoy those late night pizza orders with your friends, but have some carrots sometimes, too. I know you probably won't listen, but at least I tried.

College is rough and the tide constantly changes. The friends you have right now might still be your friends in four years, or they might be complete strangers. That’s okay. You’ll find your niche someday.

You’ll have your easy classes, but I’m sure you’ve probably already noticed there’s going to be a lot of hard ones, too. College isn’t like high school, the classes are going to be tough. Don’t let one bad grade ruin your day, but don’t let a bunch of bad grades pile up. Study hard, but find a balance.

On that note, you'll learn to love naps. Naps are both a blessing and a curse. Set your alarm wisely.

Don’t worry about how bad things are right now: nothing stays the same from the beginning of freshman year. Your friends will change, your classes will get more interesting, you’ll adjust to living farther from home. Believe it or not, being away from our precious Goldendoodle does get easier (but you’ll never stop missing her).

Everything will go up from here, I promise. You’ll find your place in school and it will become your home. You’ll find the friends with the same interests as you, and they will become your family. You’ll find the activities you love, and those will become your passion.

Just remember this: no matter what happens, no matter how tough things get or how lonely you feel, even though I’m 6 hours away, I’m always here for you. LYLAS!

Cover Image Credit: Colleen Zewe

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Trying to figure out what to do in life.


I never saw the crossroad

Where I could cross n' roam

Under an arch or dome. [1]

I just kept on the road

That was laid out,

Told to hold out

Till it pays out. [2]

Now I think its too late

Been walking too long,

Classes are all wrong

But masses too strong. [3]

So I follow with my head down

And chest up, succeeding cause

I'm too scared to fuck it up. [4]

But I have a need to lead,

Top-down and gears up

Leaving nothing to the dust.

But if I drop out, I'm a fuck up. [5]

Is it better to live and rust

Or drive till it busts

With trust you can find the way? [6]

[1] - Play on roam/Rome. Starts the poem by expressing the feeling of being trapped in my path in life. I felt like I never got the chance to figure out what I wanted to do.

[2] - I think a lot of it was I was following what people told me I should be doing.

[3] - I have a feeling that it is too late to change my course of life. I'm in a college for business, taking classes about business, and everyone around me wants to do business.

[4] - This is saying that even though I am not passionate about what I am doing I am still trying to succeed only because I'm scared of failing or quitting.

[5] - I want to leave and lead myself, do something where I'm not following but I don't know how to do that. This part starts a car reference, idk I've been watching Formula 1 on Netflix and its dope.

[6] - This is the question I've been asking myself, wondering if I should continue on with my path or follow my passion.

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