The Orion

Letter to: discouraged students

College doesn't have to be discouraging for all. Stock image courtesy of freekpik.

Janette Estrada

January 30, 2019

Dear discouraged student,Fine, I admit it. As a college student, I frequently ask, “Why am I in school?” Although this question may be the result of stress from writing a last-minute essay due at midnight, it is nearly impossible to believe I am the only one. If you have reached this poin...

Letters to: Parents Back Home

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Danielle Cortes

May 10, 2018

Dear Mom and Dad,Hey folks, guess what? The semester is coming to an end and you know what that means… I am moving back for the summer!I wish I could stay here, to be honest. Don't take it personally, I miss being back home but at the same time I'm going to miss my freedom and independence even...

Letters to: People freaking out about finals

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Danielle Cortes

May 2, 2018

Dear Wildcats, We are two weeks away from the most dreaded week of the semester: Finals week. Good news, that means the year is almost over and summer is just around the corner. But it also means you have to finally start getting ready for finals. Be proactive about preparing for your exams,...

Letters to: Someone who ghosted me

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Danielle Cortes

April 23, 2018

Dear Someone who has ghosted me,Hey, there stranger, it’s me. I want to start my letter by telling you that, surprisingly, I do not hate you.But that doesn't mean I am going to talk to you, like ever.To be honest, what you did was pretty savage. It hurts to know that in your mind, you did not thin...

Letters to: Past high school teachers

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Danielle Cortes

April 20, 2018

Dear High School Teacher of my past, Hello, it's me! I just wanted to let you know that you are absolutely right when you said, “high school is nothing like college, kids.” Late work is never accepted past the due date, except under very few circumstances. Also, attendance in most classes...

Letters to: My future employer

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Guillermo Felix-Alvor

March 25, 2018

Dear Future Employer, Whether this is my dream job or a job that will help me further build my skills, I want to say thank you for giving me this opportunity. You've probably heard this cliché hundreds of times from potential candidates: “I am a hardworking person, who is a fast learner, great...

Letters to: My future self

Letters to: My future self

Nicte Hernandez

March 25, 2018

Dear Future Self, College has been one fun, stressful ride. All those all-nighters and hating yourself the next day at your 8 a.m. finally paid off. Sleep for dinner is no longer a meal, you have graduated into your professional life where your part-time job at Jack In The Box is no longer a reality. No...

Letters to: My past self

Letters to: My past self

Grant Schmieding

March 8, 2018

Dear past self, You are not thriving yet. The ride down memory lane feels more spastic in emotion than Billy Pilgrim in time. Better crack a beer for your own sanity because things are about to get a wee bit cynical—Oh wait, forget that last part. Just keep sipping that ginger ale. I always...

Letters to: My future boyfriend

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Danielle Cortes

February 26, 2018

Dear Future Boyfriend,We haven't met yet but I'm patient. Let’s hope we meet face-to-face and not on some dating app like Tinder. I want to meet my significant other the old-fashioned way.Let me start off by saying you are probably the luckiest guy in the world because you will be dating me. I ca...

Letters to: A future Wildcat

Guillermo Felix-Alvor

February 21, 2018

Dear future Wildcat, Getting through college can be hard no matter what your circumstances are. You’ll wonder whether you've made the right decision, but you did. When first getting to college, the first thing you’ll want to do is make friends because college can be a very lonely experience. Howeve...

Letters to: My Valentine

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Kendall George

February 15, 2018

Dear Valentine,First off, let me just say that I hate Valentine's Day. In my opinion, this holiday is just a way for big corporations to sell chocolate, roses and sadness to its consumers. I would much rather not celebrate at all but, in the spirit of love and sacrifice, here I am.Secondly, don't expect any...

Letter to: my pet back home

Couple enjoying their pet after a long day at work. Photo credit: Getty images - Alexsandar Nakix

Danielle Cortes

December 6, 2017

Dear Buddy,Long distance relationships are real difficult especially because there is no form of communication, besides the occasional FaceTime chats which don't even last too long and you most likely don't recognize my face on the screen.You are probably just confused as to where the familiar voice s...

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