To This Year's Graduating Class, We Told You Senior Year Would Fly By

To This Year's Graduating Class, We Told You Senior Year Would Fly By

Here we are now, in May.

You’re about to have the most sentimental month of your entire life so far. It’s your last month of classes. It’s your last month of high school homework, the student lot, and having to do assignments that at this point you know are just busy work. Take this time to live your high school life to the fullest. You’re going to miss it, whether you think you will or not.

You’re going to have prom at the end of this month. Let me tell you something about prom, no matter who you go with or what you wear or what you do after, you’re going to have a night that you will never forget. If you have a date who ditches you for most of the night like I did, you’re going to make memories with the people who are your closest friends. It’ll be that night that changes the way that you look at all the other memories you’ve made in high school.

Before senior prom, every other memory was just a memory, but once senior prom is over you start to realize how important everything else was too. Prom just signifies the memories truly becoming memories and maybe they’re better that way. Once you get to college you’re going to remember the day you asked someone to prom or the day you were asked to prom, you’ll remember getting ready for prom a year ago and finding a dress and getting more and more excited each day that passed by as we got closer to our senior prom.

And then one day it was here and it all happened so fast and you forgot to get pictures with half of the people that you wanted to, but its all okay because no matter how bad your night was its still perfect.

It’s your prom memory and no one is ever going to be able to take that from you. It’s something you’ll cherish forever and ever, take it from me. I remember seeing people on prom night who I hardly spoke to throughout all of high school that I talked to that night. It’s little things like that that you’re going to remember.

You’re going to start getting ready for your high school graduation. After seniors get to stop going to school, you start your summer vacation early. Until you have graduation practice, of course. I know what you’re thinking, ‘great I have to sit there in the morning and not want to be there’. Don’t look at graduation practice like that. Trust me. Take it for what it is and cherish your last few days together as an entire graduating class. It’s the last time that you’ll all be together and who knows when you’ll all be able to be together again.

I remember at our graduation practices it would always take us such a long time to listen to the principals because we were all goofing off. We were the first class ever to have to practice walking into the stadium more than once and despite our principal being unhappy with us, we owned it and we laughed it off and we got it down the second time.

For the class of 2017 at East, graduation and practices really were the last times that we were all together as a class and I don’t think that any of us were prepared for such a big loss so soon. Cherish your time together now, love each other, build each other up, and be there for one another.

May is a month of nostalgia for high school seniors. That’s one thing that I can tell you for sure. You’re going to see some people for the last time in your life, and that’s something that no one can prepare you for. I challenge all of you to take these last few weeks that you have left and have a smile on your face every day. Be happy and make more memories than you ever thought was possible. You won’t regret it.

To the class of 2018, I wish you luck in all of your future endeavors, whatever they may be. Reach out to the class of 2017 for advice, I’m sure we’re all happy to help you as best as we can. Cougars forever.

Cover Image Credit: Mekenna Passner

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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5 Songs Tony Stark Has Definitely Blasted As Iron Man

Iron Man, Iron Maiden, iron playlist!


If you've never thought about what kind of music Iron Man would bop to, where even have you been? As a diehard Marvel fan, I've done more than my own fair share of reading up on canon facts, fics, and more when it comes to Tony Stark.

One of my first loves, RDJ's egocentric billionaire-turned-world saver is for real the love of my life. As a metalhead, who wouldn't? Tony has an impeccable music taste! We already know he tinkers to Suicidal Tendencies, per the first film in the franchise, so... keeping true to MCU lore, I present to you five songs that Tony would most definitely blast through the Iron Man suit.

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" - Metallica, 1984

In the comic series Iron Man: Hypervelocity, Tony makes many references to an extensive playlist "heavily skewed" to '80s metal. If you don't have Metallica in that playlist, who even are you? This is a good track that perhaps compliments ACDC's Hell's Bell's featured as a prominent in the franchise.

"Amerika" - Rammstein, 2004

I imagine an alternative universe where Tony is a hardcore Euro metal fan. I am also completely confident that Tony would appreciate this song because I feel as if he becomes disenchanted with the uber materialism, flippant view of struggle in other countries, and the overall push for "Americanization" that he starts to take notice of following the first film...

"Back in the Saddle" - Aerosmith, 1976

I can see Iron Man digging in and working in his shop, be it on a muscle car or the latest Stark technologies. I feel like this is one of those songs that gets the ol' Stark blood pumpin', especially when he needs to be most in the zone.

"Irresistible" - Fall Out Boy, 2015

I also have an alternative universe where Tony is a post-MCR emo who has a lot of feelings, and he needs this song to cope with his relationship with Pepper — especially pre-Spiderman: Homecoming.

"Mad Sounds" - Arctic Monkeys, 2013

"Mad sounds in your ears, they make you get up and dance"

Iron Man is a softie, and we know it. He is not always the rock solid, mucho charismatic sex god we see on the outside. Tony is a flawed man. He has made mistakes, but I still think he needs a feel-good song — even if this one is tinged with a bit of melancholy. This track comes from my fav Arctic Monkeys album, and I firmly believe Tony needs this one. I like to think he sings it sleepily to Pepper in bed on a Sunday morning.

I hope this playlist satisfies that MCU fix you were craving because I know it did mine. Maybe check out these songs for yourself, and see if you can find a little bit of Tony in each.

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