The Letter Project May Be What You Are Looking For

Why I Became A Writer For The Letter Project

Believe it or not, letters can change lives.


Ever since I have gotten to college, I have felt the need to become a better person. Not to say I was not a good person before… of course, I would like to think I was. I have just found that being at a national university with people from all over the world, all involved in these inspiring projects, I have never wanted to be part of something more. There are community service projects of all types offered at UMD - ones that focus on girls, children, people with disabilities, people in financial troubles, different races, religions, etc. - it is hard to find something that doesn't intrigue you. Finding your passion and an organization that supports it has never been so easy.

That being said, one of the organizations I recently joined is actually not sponsored by the University of Maryland, but it is one I believe in. Recently, after scrolling through my Facebook feed, I joined The Letter Project. One of my friends posted the package of ten pretty letters she received from people across the United States saying how grateful she was for the organization. I was intrigued, so I searched up The Letter Project, and to my surprise, I was actually very interested.

The Letter Project is an organization founded by Whitney Saxon, a life coach who has devoted her time to founding an organization to uplift girls everywhere. Basically, the process starts by a friend or family member of a girl who is going through a hard time who wants to help her out. The friend/family member will request a letter bundle for their friend by filling out a short questionnaire. In the meantime, writers (like me!) pick a girl to write to based on their current situation and write a meaningful, handwritten letter. Ten letters are then bundled up from ten different writers and sent off to that girl with a pretty bow.

I am passionate about girl positivity and mental health - making people feel less alone, and making girls in society feel empowered and confident. This project is something I am interested in, and I feel it betters me as a person when I read what others go through and give them advice and quotes that I can then apply to my life. It is therapeutic and crafty - the perfect way to give back, even on a busy college schedule. It is easy to become impersonal with your gestures in a world where technology dominates a lot of our encounters... something about a handwritten letter is so timeless and so personal. It is so much more meaningful. I encourage you to write too… it is worth your time and makes you feel good about yourself. Maybe I can even create a chapter on campus here at UMD.

Whether it is The Letter Project or not, joining an organization that supports your beliefs and makes good use of your time is well worth your time. I recommend using your free time in college to your advantage. It is a great time, with many opportunities, to choose to do something good. Be the change you would like to see!

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On June 22nd I Celebrated My 22nd

*Insert cliche Taylor Swift song "22"*


It's about time I turn 22. I've been told that after your 21st birthday, the years begin to fly past you in a blur. I don't know if I agree, but I can definitely say that I don't feel 22. Sometimes I look around at all the people who are freshmen in college, or juniors in high school, and I begin to reminisce about when I was their age. One thing getting older does do is make you a skeptical, cynical person.

I've thought a lot about my birthday as another day that I get to eat cake because let's face it, I'm not really here for anything else, except maybe a shot. I remember celebrating my birthday when I was younger was much different from what it turned into after I turned 20. Back in the day, I would celebrate my birthday with a pool party. Pizza, chips, cake, and soda. A few balloons and candles and that was it. I'd only invite my closest friends and we'd have so much fun.

I miss that kind of birthday. The kind you pick out an outfit for days prior, the kind you get so excited for and can't sleep, the kind that makes you feel special. It doesn't feel like that anymore. What it feels like now is, "welp, there goes another year." This line is also applicable to New Year's Eve, but we'll cross that bridge six months from now.

My birthday is pretty uneventful. It feels like the spark is gone, the excitement is gone. I wish I could feel happy that I'm turning 22, but I also know that it's just a reality that we all get older and things like birthdays begin to feel strange. You're faced to realize that you're supposed to have gained another year of experience and intelligence in the aspects of life, but it's almost like you feel the same.

It's safe to say that this has been a bit of an existential-crisis-themed birthday, but I'm just a little scared of getting older. I think we all reach a point where you realize you aren't invincible anymore. It's time to see what's in store for the future, what your career goals are, where you plan to move to after graduation, how to eat better, and how to feel like you've reached your full potential. It's a bittersweet moment in my life, but I'm ready to see what's next.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.


1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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