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Tasha Farnaam
Class of 2014

Bad things happen everyday, to everybody, everywhere. This is an undeniable truth. Some situations are worse than others, but either way people just want to get through them. Some things you may not have control over. When I found out my dad had cancer, I realized that the only thing I could do was to support him and have hope. It killed me knowing that I couldn't just click my heels twice or press a magic red button for everything to quickly be okay again. Suddenly nothing else in my life mattered. But I soon learned that keeping hope alive helped me cope with the unbearable. Everything has a reason for occurring, and thus things will always end up turning out for the better. Even if you doubt this now, you'll soon see for yourself. Hope is the best remedy, as it makes you stronger and it gives you something to look forward to. Two simple encouraging words from my friend when I was sad about a bad test score made the situation much more bearable: "Have hope!" So whether you are dealing with the sickness of a loved one, struggling to prevent yourself from failing a class, or are hurting from anything else that has happened, just know that everything will get better somehow, at some point in the future. It always does. To get there, you just need hope.

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