A Tribute to Our Teachers

A Tribute to Our Teachers

Because every day should be Teacher Appreciation Day.

Teachers. These are the people we spend the majority of our time growing up with. They are the people we thought we hated but actually loved after it was all over with. We really appreciate the hard work teachers do to help mold our young minds. From the day we stepped through the doors on our first day of kindergarten, to the moment we will be (or already have) walking across the stage at our college graduations, we owe it to our teachers. So this is 500 words dedicated to thanking teachers; whether you are a future educator, present educator, or past, we appreciate you.

To our future teachers — thank you for choosing this path in life. It takes a special person to teach, and this is what felt right. You know what kind of an impact it will have on those you teach and whether it is with children, teenagers or adults, you will be influencing these individuals in some way. How incredible is that? All of the time you are devoting to studying, classroom experience, student teaching and so much more is going to pay off when you apply it in your classroom and your students see how much they can learn from you. The Pinterest boards, lesson plan ideas and classroom activities that you have invested time in will not go to waste! You will soon be able to use these, and once you walk across that stage at your college graduation, a whole new world of possibilities will arise. You can do anything you put your mind to. We appreciate you.

To our present teachers -- thank you. You put endless hours into grading papers, helping students, and making sure every one of them is receiving the best education possible (even when you know you won't get paid for all of those extra hours). Without you, we wouldn't have a fun song to memorize the quadratic formula for calculus, or be able to write the best research paper known to man in English (thanks Mrs. Dye and Mrs. Miller!). We wouldn't be able to release some stress for an hour in art class or cry a little bit while watching "Selena" in Spanish class every year (thanks Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Goeller!). Even though at times what we had to do was difficult, you made it fun. You have the power to make it easier to learn. We definitely hated research papers and memorizing helping verbs, but we knew if we put the hard work into it, we would be happy in the end. Math could very easily be one of the worst subjects ever, but if you had a rhyme or tune to memorize an equation, it made it that much simpler. You've already put in the hours of studying, walked across the stage, and now you are here. Whether you've been a teacher for one year, or 30, we appreciate you.

To our past teachers — thank you. For the time you have committed to educating students. Your time has come and gone, and now it is your turn to relax. You have already devoted your time to shaping the minds of students, and you have helped them to become the individuals they are today. When you see them all grown up with lives of their own, you beam with pride and think I was their teacher. You had a huge part in the lives of so many, and now you are able to see where these lives take off. It is such a privilege to know that you were once an educator, and that you had a part in the futures of all of these people who you now see doing so many great things today. For this, we appreciate you.

This is a tribute to all of our educators, past, present and future. The appreciation for you should be endless, and so many of us definitely acknowledge that you don't receive enough of it. Every day should be Teacher Appreciation Day, and we love you for all that you do! Thank you!

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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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