A Thank You Letter As I Graduate

A Thank You Letter As I Graduate

To all of the things and people who got me through college.
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When you begin your first day of college, graduation seems so far away. Like everything else in this crazy life, those years, however long it takes you, fly by. Before you know it, you are ending your life as a student and entering the real world. It doesn’t hit you until you realize you are in line at the bookstore picking up your cap and gown. That’s when you realize, oh shit, it’s actually happening. For me, I never thought this day would come. But in just a few days it will finally be my turn to walk across the stage and get my diploma. It took a lot of hard work to get there but I didn’t do it alone.

With the help of endless pounds of coffee, I survived endless amounts of papers, projects, presentations, and exams. Coffee got me to stay awake long enough to do anyone of those things. With the help of Google, I was able to pass countless of homework assignments and actually understanding the material. With the help of actually opening a textbook and reading, I was able to grasp basic concepts of the material at hand. With the help from a glass of wine here and there, I was able to keep my stress levels just low enough to not lose my mind completely. And with the help of Netflix, I was able to forget about all the work I had to for a short amount of time.

I could have picked any school in the country, but I am thankful for the university I chose. With the help of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, I was able to find a home away from home. I was able to meet people along the way that I could relate to when it came to the average struggles of a college student. With the help of this university, I was able to figure out what my true passions are. I was able to become part of Habitat for Humanity and meet some awesome people, travel to some pretty cool locations, and help families in need of more affordable housing. With the help of UWGB, I was able to go to a school that helped me focus directly on the end goal of graduating.

Without the support of my family and friends back home, I would have never gotten to this point. With the help of my parents, I was able to believe I can actually graduate and do it away from home. I was able to talk to them anytime I felt home sick and got to see them when they would visit me. With the help of my friends at home, I was able to know that I had friends that would have my back no matter where life takes me. It’s because of my support system of my grandpa, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, best friends, old coworkers and even my dog, that I had the strength to jump out of my comfort zone and make my goal of graduating a reality.

The best thing I ever did was leave my small town in Illinois and go away to a school that was far enough that I could put my focus only on school. If I didn’t do that, I know I would have never had 100% focus on just graduating. Now, the goal that I’ve waited five years for is finally here. It is time to say goodbye to a place I’ve fallen in love with, and time to welcome an exciting new adventure in my life. Here’s to embracing new beginnings! Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone, something beautiful is waiting for you on the other side.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.

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In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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