Spring In Ohio Is Just A Myth

Spring In Ohio Is Just A Myth

Welcome to the buckeye state.

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It's finally April now. Yes, everything about April showers bringing May flowers is about to start. Don't get me wrong, I am super excited to finally get into spring and say goodbye to the winter season. I am so done with winter and I just want the warmer weather and put away my winter coat and my boots (but my boots were really cute). But the more that I see the changes in the season, the more I realize that I live in a very fluctuating environment in regard to the weather and it can get really annoying as to the weather.

Why? One word: Ohio.

It's been a while since I last wrote about the great state of Ohio. Ah, Ohio. Spent my entire life living in that state. I was born, raised, got my elementary and high school education there, and I'm currently getting my college education there also (in the middle of nowhere with fields galore). But there are only a few things with living in Ohio that can be annoying to anyone that lives here is the fluctuation of the weather. I can give a good example of this with what is going on right now.

On Sunday, it was super nice that it was probably in the seventies temperature wise. I was able to walk to elections for my sorority in a nice tank top-like shirt from my dorm hall to the middle of campus and then to get pizza and back to my dorm. Everything throughout the week was fine until we get to Wednesday. In the morning I normally check the weather to see what I could wear and when I saw that it was going to be in the forties throughout the entire day and that the next day, the high was going to be in the sixties, I let out the most audible groan of annoyance ever.

It can sometimes translate to living in an air-conditioned dorm hall where sometimes inside it can be freezing cold that I want to wrap myself in a blanket when outside I could be doing my homework outside in a t-shirt and shorts.

I did do that on Saturday, though.

Another story that I can say. My freshman year of high school, I had the amazing opportunity over spring break to go to Disney World with my high school's band and orchestra program and march in the Magic Kingdom itself. While that was going on, I got a picture from my mom and it was our front yard… and there was snow on it. All of this in Ohio while I was in Florida. I did not want to go back home after seeing that picture even though at this point I'm tired and sunburnt.

But the thing that I've always disliked about being in Ohio, even in the past, was the weather. Seeing how certain places in not only the United States but also the world have normal seasons and here is just… back and forth.

Can we just have a set spring soon?

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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5 Reasons It's Always Worth It To Be A Summer Camp Counselor

Summer camps have a special place in my heart, and I'm here to share that with you.

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Since I was 15, I have been a counselor at various summer camps. I have been a Program Aide at Girl Scout camp, a counselor at church camp, and a counselor at a day camp. These were all camps that I attended as a kid, so they already had a special place in my heart when I got a chance to work at them.

After being a camp counselor for five years, there are things that I have learned on the job that has helped me in life. Being a counselor has also helped me grow as a person. It's helped me gain skills that I don't think I would have learned in other jobs. I'm here to share what I love about the job of being a camp counselor.

1. You get to be the leader/role model

As a kid, there were many counselors in my life that I looked up to. They were people that I strived to be alike in my life, but now that I'm older, I get to be that person for the kid. What I say and do will influence how the kids around me act. That comes with a lot of stress, but it's also empowering. You can be a positive influence in a kids life, and hopefully, teach them important life lessons.

2. You can be your goofy self

One thing that I love about working with kids is that I can be silly around them. Kids won't judge you for being silly because they're silly right alongside you. They feed off your energy, and it can help them explore the world around them through communication. Plus, when was it not fun to be silly?

3. You get to hang out with kids all day

This reason might turn people off from the job, but it's a part of why I love being a counselor. Hanging out with kids tires me out at times, but they also motivate me to keep going. They're little balls of energy, and I feed off of other people's energies well. The kids also help me feel youthful and like nothing matters. Everything is fun to them; they help me keep a positive outlook on life.

4. Your coworkers become your best friends

Working at a summer camp can be difficult at times. It's emotionally and physically draining as well. But having a good support team helps with that. The counselors that I have worked with in the past have become my best friends, and I still stay in touch with some. They're there for you when no one else is, and they understand what you're going through. You know that their feelings for you are genuine, and they want to help as much as they can.

5. You get to watch the kids grow

Over the summer, I get to see the same kids every week at my camp. I get to see them grow as people over the summer and it's a rewarding experience knowing that I was able to help them. Watching them become leaders and grow into little helpers by the end of the summer is one of my favorite things.

I'm excited to have the opportunity to work at a summer camp again this year. I know that it'll provide an opportunity to grow as a person and I can't wait to see my favorite kids again.

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