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Letter to my freshman self: Zoe Thatcher

First off, just so you know. You're going to make it! (Or else this letter wouldn't exist).

As I first thought about this letter I wished that I could tell you some sort of profound super secret formula that would make all the struggles or challenges of the last four years avoidable. That way it could be nothing but success and smooth sailing.

There is no secret formula for a perfectly smooth sailing life

Then I thought about it.

First off, there is no secret formula for a perfectly smooth sailing life.

But that's a good thing!

I know, younger me, that's not what you want to hear but it is true!

Sure, I can tell you the little stuff like don't park in the parking lots of any of the businesses on Magnolia to go to class, you will get towed.

Seriously, don't do it.

But the big stuff, the hard stuff, the stuff that is long and hurts, I'm not going to tell you how to avoid it. Why!? Because those hard moments are what made you the stronger, smarter, more successful person you are going to become.

You are on this earth to learn and grow into something greater! The challenges and struggles are here to make you better. If I told you how to avoid all of the challenges ahead, then you would never improve!

I know, it kind of stinks, but there is always a light at the end!

I know you've probably figured this out by now, but just a reminder. Life is a bit like a big swimming practice. If you start thinking about the whole thing at once it's overwhelming. But focus on doing your best one lap at a time. Focus on the moment you are in and make it the best you can! And don't forget to enjoy those little 30 second breaks on the wall with your lane mates. Keep it fun, and keep it up!

You've got this!

Trust me!

Zoe Thatcher
Jan. 14, 2018




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