With a pet comes great responsibility, and if we travel back in time for ten years, great neglect. That's right. About a decade ago, virtual pets were all the rage, namely speaking: Tamagotchis. These Japanese-created handheld digital pets were the epitome of youth's entertainment in the 2000s. Not only did the pocket-sized toys leave teacher's all frazzled up, but they also left a nostalgic and loving impression on most of the 90s babies.
1. You begged your parents for one when all of your friends started owning them.
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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!
It's college committing season, where a ton of high school students are making a pivotal decision in their lives. Committing to a college is a difficult task since it's one of the first life-changing decisions people make. It's the next four years of your life and what jobs look at when you apply. Personally, I'm extremely indecisive and picking a college was an extremely difficult and daunting task. I would be so for a college, but then look at the other colleges I applied to and want to go there instead. After talking to people close to me, I was able to decide where I wanted to be for the next four years.
I applied to four colleges early in my senior year. Three of them were in-state and one of them was out of state. UMass was the out of state college I applied for because the application was waived and I just wanted to see if I could get in. I had no intention of going out of state, but I was open to going to Massachusetts since I absolutely love it there. I also applied to NJIT, Rutgers- New Brunswick, and Stevens. I was accepted into all four, which was a blessing and a curse. The validation was an amazing feeling, but the fact that I had to actually decide where I wanted to go scared me.
Right off the bat, going to UMass was out of the picture. I didn't want to be far from home and being out of state meant it cost more to go there. Although UMass gave a substantial amount of money, it wouldn't balance out the costs of dorming and other expenses. Stevens was the same situation. Although Stevens is an amazing school with a great engineering program, it was out of budget. Stevens also gave a lot of money but compared to Rutgers and NJIT it was way too expensive for me.
Then it was down two. Rutgers and NJIT both had amazing engineering programs and are both the same distance from my house. I visited both colleges to really decide where I wanted to spend the next four years. My brother went to NJIT and had a good time there so my parents and I were partial towards that college. When I visited, I was very impressed with the facilities and all of the labs. NJIT also gave money so I was really looking towards committing to there, but it didn't feel right.
When I visited Rutgers, everything just clicked. I felt like I could spend the next four years there. Although I didn't get any money from Rutgers, I just felt the need to be there and looking back I feel like I made the right decision. I've had a great time at college since Rutgers is so diverse and has so much to offer. I tried my best to have my friends not influence my decision, but we all ended up at Rutgers which has made my first year great.
Although it was logical to pick the college that cost the least, my gut feeling was pushing me towards Rutgers. This article isn't meant to bring down the colleges I denied. Those colleges are great, but they weren't great for me. Some days I get nervous about the student debt I'll acquire, but I'd rather attend a college I'm happy to go to every day than one that I won't enjoy.