Things I Learned In APUSH

Things I Learned In APUSH

They have nothing to do with the US or history

My APUSH (AP United States History) teacher was everything you could have ever asked for in a teacher. He prepared us for the AP test and put the pressure on us to get ready for the expectations of college classes but he also prepared us for the realities of life. Over the 2 years I had him as my teacher he shared many drops of wisdom with us, here are a few of my favorites.

"I'm forty-three, I don't do cartwheels, neither am I in a pissing match with a little girl."

Things seem so important when you're young, it's like fighting with a little girl over who can do more cartwheels. As you get older you realize what battles are worth fighting and when you just need to lay in the grass and let everyone else worry about the little girl challenging you to do one handed cartwheels.

"Oh my god, you Bernie Sanders supporting, pot smoking freaking hippie."

Your actions and words say a lot about you, people will make assumptions about who you are based on things you don't even realize you are doing. You need to be aware of the person you are showing to the world because the world is quick to judge.

"I don't care about your learning right now. I'm trying to figure out this fricking words with friends thing Kate made me download!"

Don't let your life be controlled by what you think is the most important, live in the moment and have some fun. There will always be time to finish the work and learn the material but how often do you get to beat your teachers in words with friends?

"We were going to do a research paper but at this point, I'd rather slit my wrists and I don't wanna die right now, I love my family and stuff."

Teachers aren't trying to make you miserable, they feel the same way you do and they just want to move on and get the year over with. Everyone is just doing what they need to do to get home to their family, give them some credit.

"There are no friends in the boy-girl world. You're either are doing the thing or you aren't."

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Don't over think it, you're never "just friends".

"What's the date? Don't write the date just write 'last god darn lecture with Pogel.' Thank fricken god it's over."

The details don't matter, remember the big things. Let yourself be happy and stop concentrating on the specifics.

"Get all dressed up, take a cute picture and say too bad you can't have me, it's over."

You will always be more important than any of the relationships in your life. Remember to celebrate yourself because you might get lost in a relationship and forget how beautiful you are and how much you really deserve. Don't be afraid to make a change because you will always be worth the risk.

"Awe Tucker you shaved! You should do that all the time, that whole unshaven rugged thing isn't really working on you."

Don't let a mistake hold you down no matter how long you have been making that mistake. There is always time to take a chance and mix it up, you might find something that works even better than what you know.

"This is why I love you guys, I can come in here Friday afternoon and not get stupid answers. The other classes are idiots. They're the reason I'm a borderline alcoholic... not an alcoholic, a borderline alcoholic don't be going home telling your parents you don't want me anymore because I'm 'unmoral'"

There are two parts to this one. First, people appreciate your effort and they will always be more willing to come to you when they need something. They will notice your effort and even if they don't say it, they will give you special treatment over the others. Secondly, don't judge someone too harshly over their actions. Everyone has their way of dealing with their day to day stress and you shouldn't lose respect for someone just because they deal a little differently.

"Angel doesn't have feelings, she's a robot. That's why she comes in here and creams all you white people.

Don't let your feelings get in the way of doing your job, go in there and crush the competition. Nothing about you will ever mean you are less than anyone else, even if you are the only "different" person in the room, you can still be the best.

"Get a fixed-rate loan not a dumb-ass variable rate loan when buying and a house or a car. Then take a moment to think of me and how great I was."

This is some basic financial advice but also a prime example of having confidence in yourself. Don't be afraid to say you think you are right and that you know what you're talking about. Stand up for your opinions.

"Don't kill yourself over a test grade in class... Or anywhere else. Don't kill yourself over a test grade or for any other reason, just drink heavily and break stuff it'll be fine."

There is always a way to deal with the situation you are in. Maybe drinking and breaking stuff isn't the best option all the time but hey, it will get better. It is never the end of the world.

"Play with some orange juice, you end up with a screwdriver but don't do that until you're 21. Although I'm sure some of you could use it now."

Just because you are young doesn't mean you don't have problems and stress. Your feelings are valid but that doesn't mean you should break the law to solve your problems but if you are going to break the law to solve your problems, try some fun drinks.

"Don't procreate until you're at least 30."

Take time to be yourself and have your life, there's always time to settle down later.

"Dump first, dump hard and don't eat Wonder bread."

Take your life into your own hands, put yourself first and don't worry about that loser's feelings. Wonder bread is also pretty bad for you so you should put yourself first and kick that to the curb too.

"Your genes are superior, I have faith in you, you'll get it done."

Away remember that you are here for a reason. You were born to be great and you can do anything you put your mind to.

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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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Mourning The Loss

She had no direction and already felt like she had lost herself, anyway.


She wore her heart on her sleeve but covered her innermost feeling with laughs, smiles, and awkward jokes that only some thought were funny at all. She was happy on the outside and this got her to the place where she is now. Faking it till she made it made sense until she realized she didn't know what she was making it to.

Regardless, she was a bright light in the hallways of her grade school filled with small plastic chairs and brown square desks. She acted most days as a clown in the classroom in order for her to get some kind of attention. She worked on Accelerated Math and reading books extensively, and in her free time her studying habits were almost obsessive.

Brianna Gavin

When asked to do anything for anyone, she dropped all of what she was doing to help.

High school came around and after being separated from her best friend going to a different school, she knew this time she really had to reinvent herself. At first, she stayed in the bubble of grade school friends and found it hard to ever speak up about anything.

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She kept her mouth shut for the first year of high school and lived in the shadows of her siblings' bad decisions. That first year, teachers even called her "little Gavin".

As sophomore year of high school came around, she met a teacher that would forever change her life and brought her out of the shadow of her siblings past. She was the first teacher in that high school to see her as her own person, different from her family.

After meeting this teacher, she stepped into the role of being a leader. She went to summer leadership camps and became actively involved in the Social Committee of Student Council. She created a service club and became the president. She got over 100 hours of service done each year, went on mission trips, led and spoke her story at retreats, went to every football game dressed UP in the theme, and still had time to get a high GPA.

Brianna Gavin

She was KILLING it.

In the mornings before school started, she sat in her car for five minutes by herself to separate her home life from her school life. She listened to "One Man Can Change The World" by Big Sean and sang the words to herself as she began to put on a mask for the day.

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She was sometimes a clown. She'd walk around the hallways and go to class while eating boxes of cereal and constantly made jokes about ANYTHING going on. One thing you could always count on her for was authenticity and hope.

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Even at her job teaching kids how to swim, the second she came out in her brightly colored swimsuit, her kids were already there and ready to say hi to her. Kids would make her cards and families constantly asked her to babysit and told her stories of how much their kids loved her.

One day during school, she was awarded with a scholarship called "You Can Count On Me", given to her because of how reliable, dependable, and important she was to all those around her. She remembered the words that were said about her when she received the scholarship and those were the driving force for her to continue helping others and being there for herself.

But then came college. And with the goodbye to all of her friends, family, and popular school life also came the goodbye to herself.

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She now became something she didn't want to be anymore. She stayed in her room, struggled extensively with mental illness, and looked in the mirror without knowing what she was looking at. She didn't have many friends and she felt alone most of the time.

With change and loss, she lost herself. She, in a sense, died as soon as her relationships with those close friends and family died. And no matter how hard she tries, she will never be the happy, energetic, inspiring, motivational, giving, faithful, loving person she once was.

The truth she has to share...she is gone.

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