To All Of The Stressed High School Seniors Out There

To All Of The Stressed High School Seniors Out There

I know I'm not your guidance counselor, but here are some pieces of advice.

Congrats! You’re approximately halfway done with your senior year. I know the past four months probably went by painfully slowly, between college applications, the September ACT, school work, and sports.

I think you’re done with the harder part of the school year because now you just have to wait and wait and wait to hear from colleges. And this is tedious. I get it. But, here are five pieces of advice for you, from me, someone who was "in your boat" exactly a year ago.

1. Focus on your acceptances, not your friends' or classmates' acceptances

Some schools’ acceptances come out earlier than others, but don’t let that “scare” you. Your friends may commit to college before you, which is OK. Just wait it out. You'll feel like your whole grade knows where they're going by February. Trust me, it's not true.

2. Do not ask your classmates about specific college acceptances

As soon as you ask, you may regret it. I've done it and it only took one time. "Hey, did you hear from X University? I saw on Facebook that people heard today!" You may get a look or "I didn't get in." You’ll feel like a jerk if they say they didn't get into a school that you did. Just focus on yourself and this problem can easily be avoided.

3. Stay on top of your school work and grades

I know senioritis is a real thing, but you still have about five months left of school! If you’re deferred or waitlisted to a school they’re going to ask for your transcript. They really do. The time to slack off a little is once you’ve committed to a school…not before.

4. If you have the opportunity to stay at a college you’re interested in, with someone who goes there, take it

Going on a college tour with your parents compared to staying in a dorm room are two very different experiences. See what it's really like, without the "sales pitch."

5. Although it may feel like there is only one school in the entire world for you, it's not true

Be proud of yourself and know that you'll be happy at more than one school. Most college freshmen are happy where they land. Be open-minded. There really are pros and cons of every school.

Good luck and remember…you’re so close to the finish line. Happy second semester of senior year!

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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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If 15 College Majors Had Their Own Drake Lyric

"And really I think I like who I'm becoming." -Drake


One of the most popular rappers today always seems to find a way to relate to us "regular folks" through every song he writes. Thank you Drizzy for never disappointing us!! With the recent release of his new album "Scorpion", it is only appropriate to take a stroll down memory lane. While I went through some of his old lyrics, I found that some of these lines very clearly describe the life motto of some college majors. Below you will find what 15 college major's own Drake lyric would be.

1. Political science

"Nobody really likes us except for us"

2. Computer science

"If I die all I know is I'm a m********** legend"

3. Sports Medicine

"Last name ever first name greatest"

4. Engineering

"No new friends"

5. Psychology

"Know yourself, know your worth"

6. Education

"I'm just saying you could do better"

7. Pre-Med

"If you'll let me, Here's what I'll do, I'll take care of you"

8. Advertising

"Shout goes out to NIKE, checks all over me"

9. Criminal Justice

"Pray the real live forever, man / Pray the fakes get exposed"

10. Communications

"You talk all this s*** and we still lack communication"

11. Mathematics

"How could something so familiar be so strange?"

12. Business

"Money over everything, money on my mind"

13. Fashion

"It ain't about who did it first, it's 'bout who did it right"

14. Theater

"I'm the greatest man. I said that before I knew I was."

15. Accounting

"Numbers do the talking, I have nothing for reporters"

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