Class Of 2018, Make This Semester One To Remember

Class Of 2018, Make This Semester One To Remember

Don't waste time, get that degree.
During my winter break, I took a day to visit my high school and I was asked by teachers if I had any advice to the seniors about college. Previously I wrote an article about how to survive your first semester, but I thought although these seniors are fast approaching college I wish I had someone to tell me how to survive my last semester of high school. So here's my letter to any of the class of 2018 preparing to graduate.

I'm going to lay it all out for you, senioritis is real. There is no escaping it and even when you think you've given up completely and you can't procrastinate anymore, you can. I thought my first semester was rough, I didn't want to be in high school anymore and felt like I had outgrown that place.

I had always been an amazing procrastinator, but the minute second semester happened I wasn't just procrastinating, but I stopped doing homework altogether. We all know that every person you meet will tell you to not let senioritis get you and to complete everything, but there's the reality of being a teenager and we all know listening to others advice doesn't always happen.

So although people do tell you to not procrastinate, actually listen.

For many second semester is when you receive your answers from colleges, If you don't get into your top college don't be to upset, that next best school might actually be the best fit for you. I had no intentions of uprooting my life and moving to another time zone, but it was the biggest blessing for me. I'm in love with my college and I wondered often if I had got into my top school if I would have loved it as much as Columbia.

The best thing about high school ending is the drama and scandals that came with its ends too. As you leave high school you will forget many people you graduate with. All through high school, my therapist told me, "High school is not reality," this was the saying that kept me going and it even became my senior quote.

I waited to go to prom for senior year and even then I wasn't what you see in movies. If you don't want to go to prom don't. You won't regret it later, go out with friends for a night out, theres no reason to waste money on an over-rated experience but if you do go at least you can say you did. This is also the same for senior trips and picnic, no matter how great these opportunities are nothing is better than graduation and that's a fact.

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And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.


To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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Additionally, that connection you build with your students can last a lifetime. You can witness the growth of a student right in front of you. In fact, I am still very close with some of my teachers from elementary school. Many of them inspired me to become a teacher. Because of those great bonds I built, I had the opportunity to intern with some of my past teachers, which was a rewarding experience for everyone. Being able to develop such a connection with someone so different in age is something that is so powerful and that doesn't come with many other careers.

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