An Open Letter To EMT's

An Open Letter To EMT's

Thank you for your help and kindness

To the EMT's that helped me the other night,

I know that being an EMT is your job. You're probably supposed to be nice, helpful, and caring towards those who call you to their rescue. To be honest, I never would have expected myself ever really needing you to come to my rescue but I wanted to say thank you for being more than just someone in a uniform doing your job.

When I saw you and recognized you from my coffee pouring days I felt so embarrassed, sitting there on my bathroom floor not knowing that I was having a panic attack. But then relief fell upon my worried mind. Seeing a familiar face, hearing a voice that I knew was so much more soothing and comforting than being under the care of a complete stranger. Even though I only knew how you liked your coffee in the morning. I was so afraid to get on the stretcher and be in the ambulance all alone. I walked down my stairs and outside like a zombie. It felt like I was watching over myself with no control of my body or breathing.

To the EMT that I didn't know, thank you for being so kind and patient with me. I was a mess when y'all arrived but you were patient and understanding while I tried to spit out the words to tell you about the events leading up to your arrival to my house. It was so difficult and frustrating feeling like I couldn't express how I was feeling, but you just sat there while I slowly regained a little bit of breath to actually get it out. Thank you for telling me about what you were about to do and explaining how it was going to help me before actually beginning the process. It made me have even more respect for you and your profession. It also made me realize how important it is to the infants and toddlers that I take care of that I tell them what I'm doing to help them before actually doing it. You made me feel more comfortable with what was about to happen, especially since I have no clue about the medical field besides knowing how to put a band-aid on.

Thank you both for trying to connect with me to make me feel better. It really helped me get my mind off of what was going on and preventing me from having another panic attack. You probably didn't even realize that asking me about my relationship with someone that you've known since grade school would be helpful to calming me down, but it was. I'm not sure if you did it on purpose but asking me about my coffee pouring days got me thinking about how lucky I am to have the current job that I have.

Thank you a million times for reassuring me that I was going to be okay and that everything was going to get better. Sometimes all a person needs to hear is that it will get better. I still have that silly rash that prompted the call, but I think I know why and I'm on the road to fixing it. I greatly appreciate your help along the way and will always support y'all.

A more than grateful citizen

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Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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