To The Senior On Their Last First Day

To The Senior On Their Last First Day

You have some of the best memories from college and some of the worst, but cherish every second nonetheless, because you can't turn back time.

I'm not going to lie, I can't believe this Monday August 28th, 2017 is my last first day of undergrad. The feeling is so exciting, but kind of daunting. I mean, this could be my last time walking onto a campus for the first time. This is my final moments to have the "college experience." I don't know the future, but I do know that things will be okay. I have so much advice that I give others in my position but now that it's me, my advice is different. I told people, "you have plenty of time to figure things out," but honestly I don't. The clock is above my head and it's ticking away. Here are some things I tell myself each day, to make the big changes coming up a little less scary.

One: What is meant to be will be. I can't control the future but I can choose how I handle the present. I can tell what I do now predicts what I do when I finish this year. I can only work towards my goals and never give up.

Two: Never let anyone tell you you can't or drag you down. People are always wanting you to fail so they feel better about themselves. Whether you are being bullied or you have "unrealistic" dreams, no one can take away your imagination. Only you can tear yourself down. If you decide to listen to the hateful, jealous words then that's on you. You are the only one who can hold yourself back, so chin up and move on, because you can do anything you put your mind to.

Three: Breathe and enjoy the moment. I tell myself to enjoy the moments I have left in college, because the big girl world is coming up quickly and I have to be ready. The thoughts of getting my dream job freaks me out, but I tell myself to breathe. Nothing else. Time flies and I can't get caught up in the future because I'll forget the time I have now.

Never waste your time because it's precious, but also treasure every second. The most surprising moments happen when you least expect them, and this year will be my best one yet. This may be my last first day of undergrad but I know that I'll have the time of my life this year. I love school and I'm excited to finally finish it and get my degree! To the seniors having their last first day, spend the day observing everything you see and carve it into my memory. Take your time and watch the little things, because it may be the last time you ever see them. Take everything and store it away for your last last day and you're crying because damn it, you did it. You have some of the best memories from college and some of the worst, but cherish every second nonetheless, because you can't turn back time.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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3 Things i learned at pride in NYC

The people, the flags, and the glitter are even more magical in person.


On Sunday, June 24th, my girlfriend, my best friend and I, all hopped on a train to the World Trade Center in New York City. After a short subway ride, we arrived at 16th Street, where the parade festivities began. Dressed in our decked out rainbow attire, we entered a vibrant crowd of flag wielding, self-loving having, beautiful people. Pride is something the LGBTQIA+ community knows how to celebrate well. Lesbihonest, I think its safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community essentially created loving yourself, along with embracing those around you, whether you know them or not. While at Pride, I learned a few things about myself, about how to love others, and what it means to be apart of a community.

1. Love thy neighbor

Because pride is such an important event to the LGBTQIA+ community, the number of people that attend each year is increasing by the thousands. There were an expected 48,000 people this year and when you're amerced in such a large crowd keeping your cool is super important. I learned that in most cases, giving love will result in receiving it, especially in 84-degree weather. So when I was making my way through energetic crowds, I used my p's and q's and was met with the same energy from strangers.

2. At pride, the dress code is no dress code

If you're in the mood to wear your birthday suit, glitter, or witty t-shirt and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community as a member or as an ally, pride is the place to be! The extravagant outfits and expression of self-pride through clothes and even lack of clothes made me feel extremely comfortable in my own outfit. I think we all have had our share of being uncomfortable in our skin or clothes, but being around thousands of people dressed in whatever made them most comfortable that day was a beautiful experience.

3. Pride is not solely about the LGBTIA+ community

Heritage of Pride, the nonprofit organization that organizes New York City's LGBT pride events each year, strives to work towards creating a future that consists of equal rights for all under the law. The march is an annual civil rights demonstration that brings awareness to the fight against aids, the Black Lives Matter movement and memorializes those who have lost their lives to illness, violence and neglect. This year over 450 different organizations participated in the march and about 110 floats were shown, each float bringing awareness to different organizations.

As an Afro-Latina, lesbian, I felt very represented and extremely grateful to participate in a civil rights event such as pride. The opportunity to educate myself and even feel more comfortable in my own skin, and enjoy myself with the people I love most, is something I will truly cherish. Hopefully, my experiences and knowledge will expand next year at the 2019 NYC pride!

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