A Message for My Niece Before She Goes to College

Dear T,

I have been privileged to watch you for the past 17 ½ years, learn, grow, laugh and love. I am excited to watch you move on to this next chapter of life where all of your amazing qualities will continue to shine.
You have much ahead of you. Don’t let this senior year pass you by without actually experiencing it. Know that the stress you feel right now with college applications and the daily work required by your classes will pass.  Also know this, you are a young woman who is smart, strong and who is destined for greatness. Your choices will not define you but how you manage yourself as a result of those choices, will. Know you are a leader and that others look up to you and use that knowledge to make change, not just any change, but meaningful and momentous. Make choices that feel right in your gut. Be kind to yourself in every possible way. Don’t forget who you are or where you come from.
Be strong, keep your sense of humor, always ask questions and be open to others. 
I love you,
Auntie Risa

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