dear mom, I need a puppy, Let Me Explain

dear mom, I need a puppy, Let Me Explain

Mom, I have always wanted a puppy but do you really know why?

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Dear Mom,

Now, I know I have always asked you for a puppy and I have always wanted one since I was a little girl, but I'm not sure that I have ever really taken the time to really explain to you WHY I need a puppy (besides that one time in fourth grade when I made a whole PowerPoint trying to convince you to get a puppy and I still didn't get one). I am sure that you will be enlightened by what I have to say, and hopefully it will change your outlook on owning a little pup.

For starters, I will always have a friend!

It's kind of like having a sibling, they have no other choice than to be my friend. Do you ever think that sometimes I get lonely at school without you? Well worry no more, with my new puppy I will never be lonely! I will always have someone to go on runs with, always have someone to talk to, and always have someone to cuddle with.

All my roommates went home for the weekend? Don't worry I'm fine because I have my puppy to spend the whole weekend with! It's getting a little late out and I still have to go for a run? Don't worry my puppy will be right alongside me the whole time to make sure that nothing bad happens! I've had a really tough week at school and I just need someone to hug and cuddle with? Don't worry you don't have to drive seven hours to hug me because my puppy will! They are called a (Wo)man's best friend for a reason!

Not only will I always have a friend with me, Mom, but if you didn't already think I was responsible enough, having a puppy of my own will teach me even more responsibility! I'll have to train my puppy to have good house manners and how to be a polite pup! You think I can't do that? Well don't worry I can, because throughout all of elementary school I checked out library books on how to train pups so I've got this one in the bag!

I will also have to always make sure that my pup is fed and walked properly and groomed to perfection! You might be thinking that it would be a lot of responsibility to balance with all of my school work and extra-curricular activities, but instead it will just teach me even better time management skills! I really can't see a downside to learning how to be even more responsible.

Also, having a puppy of my own will also really help with all the stress that college puts on me.

My puppy will be my break I need from all of my school work! The pup will make me smile on days where I have been studying for hours and don't think that I can do it anymore, but with just one pet of my puppy I will be good to study for hours more! It's almost as if my puppy will be motivating me to do even better in school, sitting by my feet and making sure that I am always stress free and always able to be studying. I really think it would cause a HUGE decrease in my stress levels if I had a puppy of my own!

Now Mom, if those weren't good enough reasons for me to get a puppy then I don't know what you are thinking. Because have you seen them?!?! Puppies are just so cute and cuddly and bring so much joy and happiness to those around them. Their little fluffy bodies that run and jump around like it's always the best day of their lives! I need a fluffy friend in my life, and quite frankly you do too! I hope that you seriously consider that great benefits that would come out of me owning my own pup!

Sincerely,

Your (favorite) daughter

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.

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In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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