Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dear 24

Dear 24 --
This is going to be quite a year for you. There are some GREAT things ahead, but also some pretty difficult things. Can I offer you a bit of advice?
  • On January 24th, don't take your water bottle to the dinner party. Just trust me on this one. 
  • 176/200 does not equal 76% 
  • Don't drive to school the first day of Fall semester, you'll be late. 
  • Make really clear and detailed Lesson Plans as you are teaching 
  • When you buy your new glasses, take someone with you for a second opinion. Also, they did in fact get the prescription correct the first time. It is just going to take some time getting used to such a change from your old glasses. 
  • When you go to Sand Hollow State Park, bring your beach umbrella! 
  • DO NOT, DO NOT drive from Las Vegas to California on a Sunday afternoon. Also, only one lane exits off in other states, be sure you are in the farthest right lane. 
  • Your key is fine, the door just needs some WD40. Call Daniel, he'll fix it. Also, do it before your date with Dad to see Fiddler on The Roof. 
  • Apply to TA the London Theatre Study Abroad program and suggest having two Graduate students go
  • Submit abstracts to present at conferences 
  • You are going to make some amazing friends in the graduate program. Seek out the red head with bangs, you are going to need her this next year. Trust me. 
  • Buy the Norton Shakespeare Anthology 3rd edition on Amazon, you'll save $40. 
  • Go to the Weepies Concert with Tammy
  • Don't park in the parking spaces at BYU Salt Lake Center that have the pole in front of them 
  • Leave yourself open Martin Luther King day and be sure to bring your black dress. 
  • Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself. Be kind, but be firm. 
  • Either rent the boogie boards, or buy the nicer ones. Also, Casa del mar is going to have the easiest boogie boarding waves
  • West Coast Swing will get easier and better; keep practicing. 
  • Don't buy that foam mattress topper
  • Don't leave the garage door open on Christmas Eve
  • DO NOT wait in the drive through line at Wendys to get Tammy her Dr. Pepper. More importantly, do not attempt to balance the Dr. Pepper on the pizza boxes. Also, don't decide to put those boxes on the Kitchen table. Trust me on this one. 
  • Try to catch the bouquet at each wedding you go to.
  • Don't wear your yellow Toms to Liberty Park after Sarah's Wedding Reception. On second thought, do. It will be a good lesson for you. 
  • Bring speakers to the 4th of July Fireworks. You'll be disappointed with the lack of music otherwise. 
  • Dance, stay up late, laugh 
  • Listen to both your head and your heart 
  • Try to get that first writing assignment in your Poe class done earlier. You think you're going to have time to revise during Conference weekend, but trust me when I say it will be nigh impossible to get that paper written that weekend. That's going to be a hard weekend. I'm sorry. 
  • Embrace your superpower
  • Remember your anchors 
I guess I'll see you next year!

Love, 25