Around this wintry and cold time of year, people are gearing up for finals, family, food, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, and much much more. For me, this time of year it means my birthday, and then finals. As I turned seventeen this year, I was surrounded by people who I love and enjoy being around. I got to spend the Sunday after my birthday with two amazing people. I did not ask for much for my birthday, I just asked for letters. Of course, being friends I was asked things like “are you sure that’s it?”, and “that is really sweet Kyra”. To all of these I simply said, “yes, that is what I want, one from each of you in group”. If I had to choose a sentence that made me smile most, it would be from one birthday letter, stating, “…you requested a letter from each of us. And honestly, that is such a small request from someone who deserves so much”. It is crazy to think at one point I thought I was all alone. Well I can tell you that right now I am NOT alone. Not here on earth, nor will I ever be alone, I am walking with God and He has blessed me with people to cherish. Anyway, these encouraging things, the Christmas songs in the hallways, the Christmas parties, and of course the hugs and smiles, have each given me a bit of strength in order to look with a positive mind for finals. Students across the nation, including myself, are studying, getting ready to study, taking a break from studying, sleeping, going on Pinterest, etc., I mean we all have our own way to deal with the stress that comes with the end of the semester and the feeling that break is so close and almost close enough for us to grab and hold on to. However, the tests, papers, presentations, or if you are lucky, study days instead of a final, take a tole on things like sleep, social life, and in some cases personal hygiene. My goal this year is to get all A’s, and I can guarantee that I am not the only one with this in mind. I can do it, I know I can. Stay strong my friends, only one more week!! Study hard, smile sweetly, and in the voice of one of my close friends, ALWAYS keep it classy!!