A Thank You Letter to My Boyfriend

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Dear Boyfriend,

As our relationship nears its first anniversary, I want to take this time to thank you for everything you’ve done, and continue to do for me.

Thank you for making me laugh, even when I’ve had a terrible day and only feel like crying.

Thank you for kissing me in public, even though you claim to not be a “PDA kinda guy.”

Thank you for thinking I’m beautiful, even when I look homeless.

Thank you for constantly reminding me not to take life too seriously.

Thank you for loving me, even when I feel hard to love.

Thank you for bragging about me to your friends and family.

Thank you for taking me to see Hamilton.

Thank you for giving me more self confidence than I’ve ever had in my life.

Thank you for being a total nerd and playing Pokémon, Minecraft, Mario Kart, and chess with me.

Thank you for loving my family (and especially for loving my niece as much as you love me).

Thank you for buying me food when I get hangry.

Thank you for taking me to the liquor store just to get free samples of wine (and then inevitably buying some, too, because we can’t resist).

Thank you for being genuinely happy for me every time I get a good grade on a test or a paper.

Thank you for goofing around with me.

Thank you for taking cute pictures with me.

Thank you for loving my friends as much as I do.

Thank you for spending all your free time with me.

Thank you for going to antique stores with me (and for getting as excited about them as I do).

Thank you for making me like beer.

Thank you for trusting me, and for being so easy to trust.

Thank you for having one of the kindest, gentlest hearts of anyone I’ve ever met.

Thank you for your simultaneously hilarious and annoying sarcasm.

Thank you for being honest with me when I’m being irrational.

Thank you for running with me, even when neither of us want to.

Thank you for buying two packs of cookie dough so we can cook one and eat the other raw.

Thank you for always singing in the car with me.

Thank you for loving me, despite being around for my awkward high school phases.

Thank you for showing me what true love is.

But most of all, thank you for being my best friend.

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My All Time Favorite Human

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We come into contact with countless people in our lives, some who have huge impacts on us and some who have none. Out of everyone I’ve ever had the pleasure (or displeasure) of meeting, I’ve never met someone as wonderful and as annoying as my little brother, Max.

When my brother and I were just little kids, our parents got divorced. They shared custody, so Max and I constantly had to go back and forth between the two houses. And where most people would find a little nuisance they couldn’t get away from, I found a best friend that I couldn’t get enough of.

Max is the best friend I’ve ever had. One of his best qualities is his willingness to help others. I remember a story he told once about a party he was at, where one of his best friends had had way too much to drink. He was lying on the floor, unable to move because he was so sick. So what does Max do? He picks him up off the floor, carries him to the bathroom, and shoves his finger down his throat to make him throw up so he’ll feel better. Now I don’t know about you but I don’t know many people who would do that for someone. Max is the most helpful and loving person I’ve ever met.

He’s also one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. I’ve never met someone who can make me laugh until I cry on  regular basis like Max can. He’s so goofy and weird, and his laugh is most definitely contagious. If you’re ever in a bad mood around Max, I can guarantee it won’t last for long. He won’t let it. He’ll crack jokes like there’s no tomorrow until he can get you laughing. He refuses to let people be sad (even if sometimes they don’t want to be cheered up).

In all my life, I’ve never stopped being grateful for my little brother. No one has ever had so much of an impact on my life, and I’m so lucky to have him. I often hear people talking about how they don’t get along with their siblings or how they aren’t very close and it makes me so appreciative of the relationship I have with my brother. He’s currently studying at Western Kentucky University, which is about two hours away. It’s extremely difficult to be so far apart from each other, but I know if I needed him here, he’d be here in a heartbeat. My brother Max is my all time favorite human and I love him more than life itself.max

My Top 5 Favorite Musicals

From an early age, my mom introduced my brother and me to musical theater. I can’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t singing show tunes in the shower and acting out scenes from my favorites with my friends and family. Although I’m not very musically gifted, to say the least, my love of musicals has become my all time favorite passion. Here is a list of the five that I love the most.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a dark, yet comedic tale of a barber who returns to London after being exiled, seeking revenge for the man who wronged him. Its mixture of tragedy and humor are unparalleled and its music is extremely catchy and well written. It’s also a great musical for people who don’t really like musicals, because there’s not a ton of singing.

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Jesus Christ Superstar is a musical retelling of the story of Jesus during his last days before the crucifixion. The movie, made in 1973, is phenomenal, and so are the performances many groups have done ever since. It’s hard for many to imagine the story of Jesus being told through rock music, but this musical does it in an amazing way.

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The Phantom of the Opera is the musical that got me into musicals. It’s about a young woman who is torn between two lovers, one her childhood sweetheart and the other a secretive “phantom” that haunts the theater where she works as a ballerina. This one is a classic for a reason, and it’s one everyone should see in their lifetime.

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Hamilton is the newest of the musicals on my list, and has changed the Broadway scene forever. It’s the story of Alexander Hamilton and our other founding fathers as told through modern music, such as hip hop. One aspect of the production I admire greatly is its casting, which generally tries to employ minorities who often don’t have as much opportunity in the industry as others. It’s extremely popular right now, and everyone who sees it immediately falls in love. I had the pleasure of going to see it in Chicago this summer and it was simply magical.

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My all time favorite musical is, without a doubt, Les Misérables. The plot of Les Mis is somewhat hard to explain, since there are many different characters with very different lives. For example, there’s Jean Valjean who stole a loaf of bread to save his starving nephew and ends up becoming a slave in prison for 19 years. There’s Marius Pontmercy who is a wealthy young man who plans to lead a new French Revolution but ends up falling in love at first sight with the beautiful Cosette. Then there are the Thenardiers who are greedy innkeepers who want nothing more than to make as much money as possible, and will do just about anything to do so. The intertwining of different characters, as well as the breathtaking musical compositions that Les Mis contains will leave you on the edge of your seat. Whether it’s a live performance or the movie that came out in 2012, the story and the music both are astounding.

5 Fun Fall Activities to do in Louisville

September has finally arrived, and while many people say it’s too early to start talking about Halloween, if you’re like me, you’ve been counting down the days since the beginning of August. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and now that it’s feeling like fall in the Bluegrass State, I’ve started preparing all my fall themed activities. So here’s a list of 5 things to do around Louisville this Halloween season.

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Whether you’re a parent with kids or a college student looking for a date idea, Huber’s is a must every fall. With pumpkins to pick, wine to taste, and lots of homemade spices to try, Huber’s has it all. Although it’s a bit of a drive to Indiana, it’s definitely worth it for a fun filled day with family or friends.

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If you’re a little more adventurous and looking for a bit of a scare this Halloween, Field of Screams is for you. A huge corn maze turned into a string of haunted houses with all kinds of terrifying characters running around is definitely worth the drive down Dixie Highway. They also have a haunted hayride for an added fright.

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If spooky haunted houses aren’t your thing, Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Iroquois Park will definitely get you excited for Halloween. This quarter mile display of over 5,000 hand carved Jack-O-Lanterns is an amazing sight that every Louisville native should witness.

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If you’re looking for a fun fall activity but don’t want to break the bank, you’ve got to go on down to Hillcrest Avenue for Louisville’s “Halloween Street.” All the houses on this street are dedicated, year after year, to having the best (and the scariest) Halloween decorations. It’s definitely a must see for all fall fanatics.

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Finally, if you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids (or the kid in you), head on down to the Louisville Zoo in October for the World’s Largest Halloween Party. The Zoo is decorated with all kinds of Halloween decorations, and they even have trick-or-treating for the kids. Take it from someone who’s been going since she was an infant, it’s definitely one of the best Halloween activities in the Ville.

 

What I Wish I Knew as a College Freshman

They say our college years are the best years of our lives. We finally get to move out of our parents’ house and live on our own for the first time. What could be better? But although this new chapter can be very fun and exciting, with great freedom comes great responsibility. Here are some things I wish I knew as I prepared for the start of my college career.

1. Never, under any circumstances, take an 8 a.m.

Don’t get me wrong, getting classes out of the way early in the day is definitely a good thing. No one wants to still be sitting in a lecture at 7 p.m. But learn from the mistakes of many unfortunate college students before you, wait at least until 9. Otherwise instead of becoming very good at calculus, you’re going to become very good at making up excuses to stay in bed.

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2. Avoid classes on Fridays if at all possible.

Only having to go to class four days a week will make college infinitely more bearable. The three day weekend is undeniably worth the slightly longer classes. Also, your body will thank you for relaxing all day before going to parties at night.tenor.gif

3. GO. TO. CLASS.

If there’s anything I’ve learned in my experience as a college student it’s that school is a lot less work if you actually go to class and pay attention. Trying to catch up and teach yourself the information the night before the exam is so much more difficult than taking notes the first time around.

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4. Make at least one friend in every class.

Having at least one person in each class to be able to get notes from if you miss and to study with makes everything a million times easier. Plus it’s  lot less stressful to text your buddy if you have a question than to email a professor who may or may not take three weeks to respond. Also, the possibility for a long lasting friendship is an added bonus!      does-anyone-want-to-be-my-friend-gif-1.gif

5. Get involved!

At the beginning of the year, there are constantly organizations everywhere on campus, bombarding students with information and sign-up sheets, desperately trying to get new members. Do yourself a favor and at least look into a couple. Organizations are a great way to make new friends, but also to be able to put extracurricular activities on your resume. No matter what your major is, having these extra activities to show you’re a valued member of your community will be a huge benefit.

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So as you prepare yourself for this new adventure, keep in mind these little tips. Just five little pieces of advice could make or break your entire college experience.