An Oath To Senior Year

An Oath To Senior Year

A personal commitment to making this last year of college the most memorable it can be.

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Every senior in college that I talk to always seems to share the same experience of getting struck with the realization that college life is nearing a close when the beginning of the last year starts. In my case, it happened just yesterday as I was walking back to my dorm in preparation for my classes which started today.

I arrived at my room confused because at first, I could not really place a feeling to the emotion I was having; an emotion which I did not even identify first to actually be some type of premature nostalgia. I somewhat remembered experiencing this upon the realization that high school was coming to a close years back, but this one was more intense because, without the promise of grad school in the wind, I know that my life will soon change drastically.

I will no longer be around my favorite people for extended periods of time just chatting about our lives, our interests, what we're going to do this weekend, or even what we're going to do the next minute. I know that my current status as a part-time employee and full-time student will become a full-time employee.

I'm not necessarily terrified of what's to come, but I am nervous about the uncertainty of it all because we all have expectations we want to be met and may not reach. Regardless of the various mixed emotions, I felt like I needed to make a brief oath to myself, and any of my fellow seniors reading this can feel free to relate.

This senior year I hope to unravel into the best version of myself that I can be. I hope to grow personally in all aspects of my life and will appreciate the small and grand moments. All the times I'll be staying up late or not sleeping at all to finish assignments that I procrastinated are to reach the end goal in sight. Every time we struggle and stress about it, it's because we care about the end result. I will make sure to check in on my friends and make sure they're surviving the year just like I am.

My classes will not get the better of me. I will pass every one of them and still manage to have free time to myself among work and school. I will attend more campus events and befriend as many new people as I can so that I can say that I always had someone to talk to or attempted to broaden my horizons.

I'll try to keep active and not remain just within my dorm but also go to the gym or do some physical activities to relieve stress and tension. I'll make sure to be responsible at parties but also have the necessary amount of fun that I should be getting. For more personal activities, I will make sure that my laundry isn't procrastinated and that I actually fold it when it's done so that it doesn't get all wrinkled in the process. I'll try to get a head start on internships or job offers for post-graduation.

On a more important scale and the crucial topic to mention: I will make sure that no matter what happens throughout this senior year, that I remain optimistic. I will not let one bad experience outweigh the many amazing ones to be had and can guarantee that this senior year will be the year to remember.

The years of education have amounted to this climactic year of adventures and it will stamp itself as an unforgettable time in my life. I will get to graduation, I will succeed, and I will find joy in this school year and the post-college years to come.

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10 Things I Learned When My Best Friend Got Pregnant In High School

In this world where you can be anything: be a friend (and be a good one).

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Life: full of amazing, unforeseen circumstances. How you roll with the punches only reveals your strength.
True friends are like diamonds: bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style." -Nicole Richie

I remember when I first heard the big news. I didn't want to believe it. My heart dropped. I was worried for you. What would happen? How would you get through this? Nothing we knew would ever be the same. Our world was about to change forever. I recalled the verse Isaiah 41:10, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you." I knew God was with you and would always be. I knew God needed me to be here for you, no matter what.

Turns out, you had this all in the bag. You handled everything with grace and dignity. You were strong even on your hardest days. You were overwhelmed with faith and you inspired me with your perseverance through the hardest times. I could not be more proud of who you became because of the cards you were dealt.

To Meaghan: I love you. I'm always here, no matter where. Hudson is so lucky to have you.

Here's what I learned from you and your sweet baby boy:

1. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT the end of the world

Start making plans for the future. Pick out clothes, decorations, and toys. Help with all the madness and preparation. She would do the same for you. Plus, 9 p.m. runs to Toys-R-Us just to buy the baby some socks (because you do not know the gender yet) is always a good idea. You have to focus on the big picture. Life doesn't stop even when you want to.

2. No matter how much you want to freak out, remain calm

Getting unexpected news is never easy to hear. If needed, cry. Cry until you cannot anymore. Then, get up and be strong, she needs you. Be flexible (You want to come over to hang out? Right now? No, I'm not in the middle of ten thousand things, come on over). Be available (yes, even for her 3 a.m. insomnia calls just to see "what's up?") "Meaghan, why are you even awake right now?"

3. Radiate positivity. Always. 

This is an emotional time. The LAST thing she needs is someone bringing her down. "No, honey, you're glowing!" "You do not look fat in that bikini!!" "You are rocking that baby bump!" "Oh, that's your the third day in a row you're eating a Sonic burger for lunch? You go girl!"

4. Be ready for all the times: happy, confusing, stressful, sad, (but mostly) exciting

Mixed emotions are so hard, but look for the silver lining. With your support, she will be strong.

"Who knew picking out the brand of diapers to buy was so stressful?"

5. This world is a scary place. You never want to be all alone, so don't be. 

Like the song says, we, really do, all need someone to lean on. Just being there for someone goes a long way. "Meaghan what the heck are you doing in MY bed? How long have you been here?"

6. Lean on God. His plan is greater than we could ever imagine. 

When you don't know where to go, or who to turn to, pray! Pray for the burdens you feel. Pray for the future. Pray for patience. Pray for the ability to not grow weary. Pray for a heart of compassion. Pray. Pray. Pray.

7. Something we never knew we needed. 

Some of the best things in life are things we never knew we needed. Who knows where we would be without this sweet face?

"Hudson say Lib. Libby. L-- Come ON!" "CAT!" "Okay, that works too."

8. "Mother knows best"...is accurate, whether you believe it or not

Turns out, seventeen-year-olds don't know how to plan baby showers. Our moms have been there, done that. They want to be involved just as much as we do, so let them! Listen to their guidance. After all, they're professionals.

9. There will *almost always* be a "better way" of doing something...but, be a cheerleader, not a critic 

This is something many people struggle with in general, but it is not your DNA, it is not your place to be a critic. Let her raise her own baby. You are there to be a friend, not a mentor. ****Unless she's about to name the baby something absolutely terrible -- for the love of that baby, don't let her name that kid something everyone hates.

10.  At the end of the day, it's not what you have or what you know; rather, it is all about who you love and those who love you

Life has adapted, but for the better. We grew up, learned, and became stronger. All the while, we stayed friends every step of the way. We still have the same fun and most definitely, the same laughs.

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6 Devastating Moments In My Life And Why I'm Thankful For Them

Heartbreak, loss and devastation are all a part of normal life. This is what I learned from it.

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My life has by no means been bad. Still, bad things have happened. Luckily I turned all of these events into something to learn from rather than something to destroy me.

1. The day I discovered prejudice. 

When I was in 3rd grade, I was on the playground with a guy friend. His sister was in middle school, but they got some free time and were allowed to come outside. He decided that I should meet her, and I was super excited because I had a crush on him and thought this was a good sign. We walked over to her on the swings, and he said "Hi (her name)! This is my friend Bobbie!" He was so giddy to introduce us. She said, "Bobby? That's a boy's name. Pull down your pants, I bet you're really a boy."

I didn't crush on her brother after that.

This taught me that it doesn't matter what I look like on the outside or who I am as a person, some people will always just have their automatic and unkind prejudices. It taught me to be ready for them and to fight against them.

2. The day I discovered adulthood. 

This was the day I was assaulted in a relationship.

It taught me that I need to learn how to fight back because sometimes the people that are meant to fight for me will be the ones fighting against me.

3. The day I realized how clueless some people are. 

This was the day my assaulter told me that he didn't deserve my anger. He had gone through more in his life than I had, and I needed to cut him some slack.

It taught me that I can fight for myself. I learned to stand up and put my foot down. I realized that I wanted to be a role model for any girl scared and confused about leaving a relationship due to an assault. So that's exactly what I did.

4. The day(s) I realized that you just can't be friends with everyone. 

Honestly, this has happened so many times. Sometimes a guy won't stop asking for a relationship or getting mad at me or maybe a friend clearly doesn't care about me anymore.

At some point, if your "friend" is treating you like trash or just ignoring the things you say, they're not worth it. You only need to support those who also support you.

5. The day my grandmother died. 

I was called down to the office at school randomly and saw that my sister was also called down. When I got there, my parents told me that my grandma had died. We went home and cried for hours.

It was a hard day, but after it, I discovered that my family is strong. We are capable of getting through the toughest of times. And I gained a new angel that day.

6. The day my mom was told she needed new lungs. 

One of the events leading up to this was the first time she went to the hospital for an extended amount of time. One day I got home from school and my mom wasn't home. I realized it was the day she had meetings after work so I became less concerned. Then, a few hours later I still hadn't heard from her. I called multiple times with no answer. (Sorry, for these calls, Mom, I'm sure they were slightly traumatizing.) Then we got a call from the hospital. When my dad finally answered, they told us that my mom had an episode and that he needed to go to the hospital.

A short time after, they told my mom she could never smoke again, needed to have oxygen supplied to her and needed a lung transplant.

This event and all events since then have taught me how to be strong even when everything is going wrong. It also taught me how to be independent and to be a caregiver for others.

I learned from these moments in my life and hopefully, you can too.

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