To The Graduates

To The Graduates

A List of Things That I Have Learned Since High School
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I sit here writing this out thinking about how I felt at my high school graduation. I sat there this past Thursday at my younger brother's high school graduation. I sat there and since then I have thought about my high school graduation. When I was in high school, I was not so much as a different person than who I am now. But I have changed. Sometimes I feel as if it were for the good. And other times I feel as if it were for the better.

Graduates, you will learn in your time in college, the military or the workforce how to do things that you did not know when you were in high school. So I have now provided the list of things that I have learned over the past two years of independence at a college that has shaped who I am more than I can ever describe.

- I learned how to not take crap from people as much anymore. Sometimes I sit there and take it at my job because I like money, with my family because there are just some battles that you should just let go, and with people in general. But when I do decide to stand up for myself I do it, occasionally, with dignity and grace. If you do not stand up for yourself or your own beliefs then people will walk all over you.

- Know the company that you keep. I have had friends drift away that really should not have. I had friends that I really wish that I never would have met because they have caused so much grief and anger. Keep the friends that are with you 100%. No question. Do not stay with friends that cause you so much drama and cause you to question yourself because then they are not truly you friend and you need people in your life that care and love you because of who you are.

- Please take care of yourself. I have neglected to take care of myself for as long as I can remember. But one of the many ways that I treat myself is by working out. That rush of adrenaline and the feeling of toxic feelings and waste leaving your body is euphoric. I also read, play video games, and write some pretty good articles on the Odyssey. Find what makes you happy and treat yourself as much as you possibly can. Because if you don't you end up with all this stress and anger in life.

- Some of the more non-serious things that I have learned: macaroni and cheese is heaven to eat, condensing laundry saves you time, sleep on top of your sheets to make sure that you don't have to change them all the time, Applebees has half apps on the weekends to save money, but the generic brands of stuff (sometimes they taste better).

Please be careful with whatever you may be doing this weekend. Congratulations graudates. You have made it.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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