senior pictures // graduation

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I graduated today. It was bittersweet. (Though mostly sweet.) 

Although the ceremony took place more than eight hours ago, it’s just now hitting me that it’s truly over. My diploma has been signed, my tassel swung, and my cap has been thrown. I am officially an alumni, as well as a freshman in college. 

I’ve kind of shuffled my way through the past semester. Work, school, and even dance has felt so pointless up until this now. I think the last semester of senior year is like that for everyone though; it’s hard to care about high school things when you know you’re going to be at college in a few months. Everything felt sluggish and strangely underwater-like for me.

Until prom. As soon as that was over, finals and the election hit. Then graduation. Next comes the senior trip, (we’re leaving on Monday,) which will be followed by my last dance recital, and my open house. Then it’ll be time for the Junior Leader’s achievement trip to Chicago, after which will come 4-H fair and State Fair, and my last family vacation to AL. And then I’ll be moving into a dorm on August 17th. 

August seems so far away right now. But I know that the summer is going to fly by scarily fast. 

It’s all so strange. And new. And exciting. 

– Tress

p.s. My senior pictures were taken by this gal. check her out because she’s incredibly talented and a super awesome human. 

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politicing

 

i know. i posses mad editing skillz.
i know. i posses mad editing skillz.

I am exhausted and brain dead, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Please, for the love of Pete, (whoever the heck he is,) vote during the primaries.

dinner after working at polling locations
dinner after working at polling locations

It doesn’t matter if you’re republican, democrat, or independent. Just do it. It doesn’t take long, and afterwards you’ll be filled with a sense of belonging, and possibly the immediate urge to stroke your chin philosophically as you mentally ponder the decline of the American economy, as well as the general populace’s overall lack of common sense. Also, you may get free candy and/or stickers. I am failing to see a negative outcome.

But in all seriousness, voting in your primary allows you to help select your future leaders. And that’s kind of a big deal.

waiting for results -- we'd been up since 5 am at this point.
waiting for results — we’d been up since 5 am at this point.

If you are able, I highly recommend getting involved with a local campaign. It’s a wonderful way to get to know people who live in your area, help out the community, and meet really cool people. It’s also an incredibly satisfying way to serve fellow humans, and help to make your county/city/state/country a better place.

Many politicians are corrupt, vile, and mean spirited. Get involved early on in the elections, and cast your ballot for men and women of integrity. If you do your homework before voting, you may be able to help weed out some of the nastiness.

Politics are cool.

– Tress