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Farewell From the Editor and Publisher of Trojan Turf

Laura Bowen, Editor, Publisher

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Goodbye, so long, I bid you all adieu. Yes, the seniors are leaving. For good. For ever. It really is hard to believe. But, here we are. How did we get here? Obviously, by growing. We do not look the same as we did twelve years ago. But an even more drastic growth took place—personal. We as people are completely different than we were in kindergarten, 5th grade, and junior year. We look similar to our younger selves, but we look so different. We have almost the same personality, but we are oh so different. The thing about both these changes is that they are gradual. We look totally different than we did twelve years ago, but none of us noticed until we looked at our baby pictures that we turned in to the yearbook. This gradual change continues all through life. This gradual change is proof of how we continually grow as people. My advice to everyone is this: Don’t settle. Yearn for more. Learn everything about yourself, and then learn more. Do the best that you can, and then do better, because you deserve nothing less than the best effort. Your integrity is counting on you to put forth the best effort every day. What happens when you let your integrity slip? It starts off with just getting an F on a test, but landslides into you watching your best friend kill themselves because you were too scared or embarrassed to say something. Live with integrity. Integrity is what makes people different than dogs. When you lay on your deathbed, it doesn’t matter that you were rich or powerful. When you are in the ground, six feet down, it doesn’t matter how many dollar signs were in front of your name or how many jewels you have sewn into your clothes. Eventually, we are all on the same level. However, treating people with love and respect always—ALWAYS—will keep you above animals, above people who act like animals. Lastly, don’t give a crap. When you care what other people think of you, you compromise your self. When you hide in the shadows of other people’s beliefs, you lose yourself. I started following this advice at the beginning of this year, and I have never felt more complete. I speak my mind and I make myself heard. I am not a wallflower, I am a wild flower. I respect myself. I have dreams that don’t scare me. This is the best advice that I ever took. Don’t care about what other people think. You are you. You are unique. You deserve to care about what you think more than you care about what others think. What do they matter? If you are giving up your potential, what’s the point? Care about people so much that you would die for them if needed, but sure as heck don’t live for them.

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