The eternal cycle of waiting for a text back.
The sting of being left behind, and other feelings.
My secrets, crushes, mementos, and other things I wish would never resurface.
“You are not alone, however much it seems that way.”
Letter to a guidance counselor, and close encounters with an actual manatee.
There’s no relief like end-of-semester relief.
This year was supposed to be different.
Other people’s accomplishments don’t have to dictate my own.
Doing well in school can be its own form of rebellion.
It’s totally doable, if you keep a few things in mind.
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