Summer 2018 Was One of The Most Memorable Yet

Thank You, Summer '18, For Giving Me Memorable Experiences I Will Always Be Grateful For

I am sad to see you go so soon but I will always remember this amazing summer.

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"Time flies by when you're having fun" is the biggest understatement. You've probably come to realize this as you grow up and time quickly slips away. You blink and the whole summer has gone by. I think a lot of people can agree that summer is the season that we all look forward to the majority of the year. The weather is warm, people are happy, it's acceptable to take time off from work to be with your family, and it's a time when unforgettable memories are made. However, this season seems to be the one that goes by the fastest. We try to soak up every minute of it and live in the moment and when we think back on it, it feels like it was only a dream.

I have been looking forward to summer 2018 since summer 2016 when I finished my freshman year of college. It was this summer that I decided I wanted to partake in an incredible study abroad trip that my major was offering two years away in the summer of 2018. As a Dance major, my program at school doesn't offer a semester-long study abroad program. Instead, they offer a 3.5-week dance intensive in London every 2 summers. I knew I wanted to experience this amazing once in a lifetime opportunity. I had never been overseas to Europe and I was excited to expand my dance studies to a culture abroad. Even though the native language in London is English, I knew I was in for a unique experience like no other.

Summer 2018 finally came and I was counting down the days until I took off for London. To say this trip was one of the most amazing and memorable ones doesn't truly do it justice. I had the privilege of spending a month in one of the most beautiful places in Europe. The architecture was absolutely beautiful. There's something about old architecture that blows me away. There's so much history surrounding it. Each building, church, or even street light that I passed by had such intricate details engraved in it. It was like nothing I had ever seen.

I was lucky enough that in addition to taking multiple dance classes throughout the week, I was able to do a lot of touring not just in London but also all around England. I checked off over 20 items on my bucket list. Just to name a few, I visited:

1. Stonehenge

2. The Roman Baths

3. The Wimbledon Championships

4. Dover white cliffs

5. Canterbury

6. Buckingham Palace

7. Abbey Road

8. The Parent Trap House

9. Camden Market

10. British Museum

Being able to take a variety of classes from some of London's well-known choreographers was a surreal experience. I acquired knowledge that I wouldn't have gained if I hadn't had this experience. I soaked up everything that I could from the 7 2-hour intensive classes I took each week. I learned a great deal about myself as a mover and how I can move forward in my training. Taking this knowledge I gained back to my training and studies at school has inspired me as a choreographer with a new vocabulary of movement I was exposed to.

So thank you summer 2018 for giving me one of the most memorable experiences that I will always be grateful for. It flew by, but that's how I know I had a blast.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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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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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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