Your World Will Change

By Karissa M. Gaughan1851 Staff 

“4-year-old Karissa Gaughan outside her house in hometown Connecticut”
By Karissa M. Gaughan

Dear Little one,

You’re going to carry burdens you’ll wish you never endured, nevertheless, your perseverance is why you’re here today. You kept your head up, and I’m proud of you.

You’re going to question a lot of things growing up. Preconceptions you’ve made as a child will show to be facades, but this isn’t meant as a trick or an act of deceit. The world is not as soft and caring as Mom tucking you in at night singing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ until you close your innocent eyes. You see, as you grow older, you’ll discover the world around you is what you make of it. It can be cold and scary, but what you have in store is a lifetime filled with adventure and jubilation.

Experience the ammeration of traveling to the islands and seeing clear Pacific waves crash into white sandy beaches. Climb Mount Everest and marvel at the beautiful curves of the land you walk on. Tour the seven wonders of the world, keeping in mind the thoughts of their creators, but create your own original thoughts. Initiate a context with people from backgrounds estranged from yours, and understand the different walks of life around you.

You’ll learn that people are nothing more than stories told from different perspectives. Listening to others’ stories will allow you to be yourself through the acceptance of diversity.

Every story has a beginning, middle and end. This is just your beginning.

Always take the road less traveled,

Love, not so little you.

A well deserved “Thank You” I never got to give

By Kaie QuigleyFeatures Editor

Former “Life Changer of the Year” nominee, Amanda DeBisschop speaks at Leland & Gray Union High School’s graduation in 2018 after the yearbook was dedicated to her by the graduating class.
Photo courtesy of Linda Sperry, The Brattleboro Reformer

As I was transitioning into high school in 2015, I began to ask my older friends about some teachers and classes. Which ones to take and, more importantly, which to avoid. I began to notice a pattern: most of my friends didn’t really “enjoy” any classes they had taken… Unless the class was led by a particular teacher— “Ms. D.” I would come to find out that Ms. D was the best in the business: everyone’s favorite teacher, many students’ friend. Appearing to vanish in the blink of an eye, Amanda DeBisschop will be sorely missed in my high school community.

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Welcome Class of 2021

By Seán McGlone – Editor-in-Chief

Dear Class of 2021,

Congratulations! You have officially made it through your first month at Lasell. By now you are probably better adjusted to the campus and you are settling into your classes and workload. For many of you, I’m sure you’re starting to understand what people meant when they said “college is a lot different from high school.”

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