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  • 4245 Holly Drive
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
    May 21, 2014

    Ms. Erica Terry
    13555 D Este Dr
    Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

    Dear Erica,

    Right now, high school has had some bumps and is not at all what I expected. I've met some really nice people but lost a lot of friends, which, hopefully, I won't even have to associate with ever again. Swimming is still a very important factor in my life and working at the pool is even better this year, considering I am finally a lifeguard; too bad Olivia is still a deck monitor though. It makes me laugh that Olivia and I still call ourselves "cleat chasers" even though neither of us have actually "caught" them. I hope we stay friends into adulthood. I also hope that I can get a scholarship to college for swim, just somewhere I can really enjoy and learn a lot. Hopefully I also end up in California after college to pursue my film career. My favorite bands are Imagine Dragons, Young the Giant, the Neighbourhood, and Two Door Cinema Club; the indie bands.

    I am writing this in Mrs. Caro's class, 10th grade, AICE General Papers. I hope when I graduate college I can go into the film industry, starting at Paramount Pictures in California. But before college, I want to graduate high school in the top 1%, ahead of everyone. Its the end of the year and summer is almost here, hopefully Olivia and I can still go to New Hampshire, and Hannah and I can go back to our secret spot by the beach to take more artsy pictures. We're still living in the same house, but I am trying to transform my room into more of a beach-y theme, it's not working out too well, though. Gardens is still ghetto and the people are stupid but it's just a process of ignoring those specific people. My favorite place to go is still definitely the beach and now this new spot that Hannah and I found, also, Palm Beach Island is really nice too.

    What do I like to do? Not homework, that for sure. Ms. Finder has ruined my social life because she likes to give us 30945908324 hours of homework each night. But now I know the entire history of the world from 8000 BCE up until yesterday. Junior year will probably be even worse, and then senior year should be the easiest, with only 4 or 5 classes left to take. This was the first year Gardens had a water polo team and I was on it! Although physically straining, it was fun, and at the end of the season, I got the scholar athlete award because I had the highest GPA on the team. Swim season for school is going well also, this year I made it to regionals with the relay. Maybe next year I can make it to regionals for an individual event. Hanging out with Olivia and Kelly is my favorite thing to do on the weekends. I think the highlight of this year was going to Coastline, seeing Young the Giant at Sunfest, and going to all the baseball games. My favorite game was when some of the guys came over to talk to me and Liv before we left; I love seeing old friends. Another thing that I love to do is going out with Alysha to record various things for GNN. We accumulated so much extra credit this year, there is no way we couldn't have an A.

    I've encountered many new situations when referring to people this year, and in high school altogether. I have found many new friends that I share so much in common with. But like any relationship, there were some friendships that came to an end. Megan and I are no longer friends, which is for the best. We were two totally different people and had different interests and different views on the friendship. She was selfish and turned some people against me, and made the entire situation sound like it was my fault. Rumors are also no fun, but we all know the truth. The good thing that came out of that fight was the new friendship I have with Allana, Paige and Chantelly. The "hunt" for boys is still unsuccessful. Hopefully by the time I'm 30 I'll have found a boy to marry. For some reason all of the guys I talk to "change their mind" or just lose interest. If all else fails, I'll just marry Drew, or get him to find me a cute baseball player (haha). Cassidy is in college and I miss her a lot, shes coming home soon though. I can't wait! Mom is driving up to Georgia on Friday and then they are going to follow each other home with all of Cassidy's junk in their cars.

    As for the future, I have a lot planned. My future house will be in California, hopefully in the Pacific Palisades or even Los Angeles, where ever the camera takes me. Maybe Olivia could live in my guest house. The one person I hope to stay friends with is her, she means so much to me and our friendship is unbreakable. We've already planned out our weddings: we are going to have a double wedding on a baseball field, shes going to marry her pitcher, and I will have my catcher. I want to work in the film industry, directing and producing movies. After high school, I hope to go to a florida school for two years and then transfer to University of Southern California for film and photography. USC has one of the best film programs in the country. Some people that I would love to meet that could help me in the future would be Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and David Yates. I would love to travel the world, especially Europe and visit Moscow. Getting married would be a plus but its not that much of a priority considering that I don't want kids. My plan for the future sounds great in theory, but I'll just have to see how well I can execute it.

    I hope you're living the dream!!

    With lots of love,

    Erica Terry, 16
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