To Somebody Who Thinks "Tomorrow Will Be Better"

To Somebody Who Thinks "Tomorrow Will Be Better"

Tomorrow can be better, but what happens if it's just a motto?

To those who say, “tomorrow will be different”,

It seems like a similar story—a normal week, whether at school, or at work. One has a dream in their mind, but don’t take the steps to come true. Let me tell you mine.

Every day, I wake up, go to class, eat my meals and do a bunch of assorted things, then go to sleep. Considering I get around seven hours of sleep every night, I have seventeen hours to spare to do other things. Most of them are in class, but I also go to clubs, do homework, and procrastinate.

The latter has been a big part of my life, and I haven’t fully recognized that. It was something which a lot of people try to find the causes of and advised everybody from middle schoolers to even adults with paid jobs. While I’ve had a bit of struggle from the beginning of those days, it seems like something which threatens to usurp my life.

Not to say I’m the only one discussing this—in fact, I’ve heard of weekend stories which featured fun on Saturday, and work on Sunday. Minutes of doing homework turn into surfing the web and watching Netflix. And divides on between getting the best grade possible and just scraping by to simply pass and graduate.

For me, I want to be the former: to get onto the Dean’s List consistently, so I could get into the best programs, the best scholarships, and get enough credentials to get a decent career start. I write stuff into my planner, I wake up expecting a new me tomorrow, and emulate the people I see in television or the friends who go off and chase their ambitions.

It usually doesn’t work out; when it does, it’s nice until I hit a wrench, and then my plans collapse again and I go back to my old habits. Yet it is also so insidious: it feels good, then hours and days and weeks go by, and then I’m shocked about the lost opportunities.

Recently, I tried setting myself goals for a month, but don’t find myself following them. I think of doing so again, but I don’t take the time to seriously think.

Amid the world and its diverse directions one can get pulled into, I get distracted, and I assume you do too?

In that case, it would be a good time to turn off the music and the videos and keep a journal, even for a simple moment in time. Think about not only what goes on your day, but also what you want to achieve. Clichéd, but true in many peoples’ circumstances.

Second, I wouldn’t be afraid to start over. It may not be the beginning of a new school year, a new school term, or even a new administration…but life doesn’t wait for anybody or any circumstance. I notice how people transition from one status in life to another; I think by the time I meet my high school friends after graduating college, we would have almost nothing common. So, start today, and take serious initiative into making every tomorrow better.

And don’t be afraid to ask for help. Or find people to go on this journey with.

Good luck,

A student struggling on that same road.

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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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