A Thank You To The Most Influential People In The World

A Thank You To The Most Influential People In The World

Though the economy does not reflect the impact these people have on our future, the worth of a good teacher is invaluable.

Because of the constant thirst for economic success that our more competitive than ever society possess, many jobs that are integral to the success of others are often overlooked. One of these jobs is teaching. While, of course, there are occasional prestigious professors at private universities that are paid high amounts of money to share their immense knowledge with eager millennials, the vast majority are largely undervalued. According to the National Education Association in the 2012-2013 school year, the average national starting salary for teachers was just over $36,000. Not to say any of the following jobs are not valued by some, but considering the large worth of good teachers in our growing population, it is shocking to see that teachers are often paid less than dog walkers, tollbooth workers, and house sitters.

Now, the purpose of this article is not to rage about the teacher’s pay gap. It’s to acknowledge that nowadays, many people are teaching for all of the wrong reasons. All it takes is one bitter teacher who hates his or her job because of its low pay and long hours to ruin a child’s outlook on education. However, there are few astounding teachers out there that are truly passionate about having a hand in developing the minds of the upcoming generation. It is those people that inspire, motivate, and challenge students to be the best they can be, even when the whole world around them is telling them they can’t.

To the teacher that never let me reach perfection, thank you.

While you consistently frustrated me, you helped me realize that what is considered perfect is not represented by a number or some quantitative measurement. I applied this to so many aspects of my life...the number of college acceptances I received, the number listed on my report cards, and the number on the scale - no number is perfect because perfect is unattainable. What is attainable, though, is the ability to be self-content, no matter what numerical labels society places on you. I am pleased with who I am because of you, and the self-confidence you gave me that allowed me to not conform to society’s definition of success.

To the teacher that took a chance on me, thank you.

Leadership is something that is truly never earned, as we all make mistakes, but you gave me the opportunity to grow more than I ever thought was possible. I learned that while the easy way to lead is tyranny, the right way is to be an example. I worked hard not for myself, but to motivate others. To be given a purpose that is so much more than self-accomplishment was more meaningful than anything else I’ve ever experienced. While, of course, celebrating my own feats under your direction was a fantastic feeling, watching others succeed was just as, if not more exciting.

To the teacher that always challenged me, thank you.

Though I was young, I will never forget all of the things that your competition oriented class did for me and my desire to learn. Once I reached a goal, it was immediately on to the next one. You taught me to never settle, to always push myself, and to not let anyone else tell me what I was capable of.

To the teacher that took the seriousness out of the classroom by livening it up with humor, thank you.

So many kids dread school just because of the sheer boredom of many classes. Making learning fun is such an important concept and I am so thankful that, because of you, school was not given a dreadful connotation.

To the teacher that didn’t view me as a student, but rather a person, thank you.

In this midst of this crazy world that is centered around acceptance and success, it was always refreshing to know in your eyes, success wasn’t always academic or even social, but rather individual. You took the time to know my goals and aspirations and applauded me each step of my journey.

To the teachers that view their work as nothing more than preaching a textbook and grading exams, please realize that your role in this world is worth so much more than that.

As cliche as it sounds, if it weren’t for each of the teachers described above, I would not at all be the person I am today. You have the primary role in shaping our future. You could have a hand in the developing the next President of the United States, the curer of cancer, or the pacifist that helps us reach world peace. YOU are in charge of what’s to come. Please, realize how important that is.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college


Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries


It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner


With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram


Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate


The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity


If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in


If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one


Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities


Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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