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Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

I want to start off by saying that I love you. There are countless reasons why, more than I could ever begin to cover in this letter. I will try to focus on a just a few of the reasons that you are the best mom I could have ever asked for, along with one of my favorite people and best friends.

From day one, you have always been there to support me. You never pressured me to make decisions based on what you wanted, but always encouraged me to do the right thing. When I made those decisions, you supported me, whether you completely agreed with me or not. I will never be able to fully express my gratitude for that. In particular, I want to thank you for making my college decision process so easy. I know that I chose the right school, and it is only because of your support and encouragement that I am here today.

I also want to let you know how much I respect you. You taught me how to stand up for myself and encouraged me to be myself. You helped strengthen my faith – not pushing anything on me, but allowing me to discover things on my own, and come to you with questions. I aspire to be more like you. You are one of my biggest role models.

The love and care that you show to everyone in your life amazes me. You are always there for people who need you, even if they aren’t there for you. This kind of selflessness is something that I hope to show in my own life. There aren’t a whole lot of people like you around, and I can’t believe I am lucky enough to have you as my mom.

So thank you for everything, for all the late nights conversations, tearful phone calls, stories told and wisdom shared. You have made me the person I am today. I love so much.


This was in response to the “To My Mom” assignment. There are a lot more things I wish I could have said, but I did the best I could. I guess some things just can’t be expressed with words.

UMW, Here I Come!

Me (left) and my roommate on freshman move-in day.

It seems like so long ago, but it has really been only a few months since I started school at UMW. The “I Like To Move It Move It” assignment encouraged me to look back on that life-changing day in August and reflect on some of the different things I was feeling. So, here goes!

The night before I moved into my dorm at the University of Mary Washington, I didn’t sleep at all. I suppose this was partly because I had procrastinated a little lot on packing, but also because of all my nervous energy! I was excited about finally moving away from home and becoming a college student, but there was also some sadness combined with my eagerness.

The morning of move-in day was a blur. There was so much going on that I barely had a chance to think at all! I remember that my two younger siblings were being annoying and distracting to the point that my dad had to take them somewhere else while and mom and I finished unpacking. I also remember feeling very stressed… overall, move-in day was not a great experience for me. That’s okay though, because after all the stuff was unpacked and the goodbyes were said, I began my wonderful journey as a student at UMW!

I guess you could say that my favorite part of move-in day was getting it over with, so that I could start the next part of my life. Since that day, I have made so many great friends and have had many wonderful experiences. UMW is truly the place where I feel home, and I am so glad that I have the opportunity to be a student at this incredible school!

It’s Not Easy Being 12

Kendall circa 2012

Dear 12-year-old me,

There are many, many things that I would love to say to you. However, I’m going to keep it simple and straight to the point. The most important thing I want you to remember is to just be yourself. I know you’ve heard this a thousand times before, but seriously. Things are going to go a lot easier for you if you don’t worry about what other people think!

I know growing up seems really scary right now. I also know that 12 is a pretty terrible age. You feel like you’re too old for “little kid” stuff, but none of the older kids will take you seriously. It’s kind of the worst. But you’ll get through it! Enjoy being 12 before all that adult stuff catches up with you.

The future is gonna be better than you thought it would be. Yes, there will be rough patches, but you’ll always come out stronger in the end. Don’t worry about trying to get everything right, whether it be school or relationships or work. Life is a journey, you don’t need to know everything at the beginning. So don’t worry about always getting perfect grades on everything and don’t feel like you always need to be the smartest.

Through the years, a lot of stuff is going to happen. You’re going to lose some friends, but you’ll also make some really great ones! Things aren’t going to go the way you are planning right now, but that’s okay. There’s fun in the surprises! So don’t take things too seriously, and hold the people you love close. Make the most of each moment and enjoy being 12 while it lasts!

Love, Kendall

This letter was a response to the “A Letter To You As A Child” assignment. This was an interesting assignment to do, since it made me reflect a lot on my years growing up. I picked 12 specifically because that was a time in my life when I was very unsure about a lot of things. I decided to write a quick letter of encouragement, because that is something my 12-year-old self would have really appreciated. This assignment made me miss the carefree days when I was twelve, but it also made me really appreciate where I am in my life right now.

Top Secret-ish

“I’d be a terrible secret agent. I can’t keep a secret and I’m not sneaky.”

This quote by Katherine Heigl is one that I ran into last week when I was looking into secret agent stuff. I thought this quote was funny and relatable, so when I found the “Quote Me On That” assignment I figured it would be a good one to talk about! It’s also a bonus that it fits with the course theme.

Let me tell you… I would be the worst secret agent. I wouldn’t say that I am bad at keeping secrets, but I am HORRIBLE at lying. Like just awful. I lose any game that involves bluffing and struggle to keep things from people if they ask me for information that I know. I am also one of the clumsiest people you will ever meet. I trip over nothing all the time, and my friends laugh at me for stumbling over a completely flat piece of ground or losing my balance when I’m standing still.

So yeah… secret agent would definitely not be at the top of my list of recommended professions. However, it’s fun to pretend along for the course that I am a super stealthy secret agent who goes on all sorts of important missions and can keep any secret. The great thing about digital storytelling is that it doesn’t have to be true to life!

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