A Letter to My Younger Self – Mary Bartkus

 

Hey Little Mary,

YO! Mom gave birth to you on November 28th, 1999. But let’s skip forward because you obviously can’t read yet.

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Hungry baby Mary

You’re 6 now. You moved to a new school and just asked some girl to be your friend on the third day of 2nd grade. You’re embarrassed, I know. But don’t worry, she’ll be one of your best friends for a very long time, even through COLLEGE. Ew! College? You mean the place your sisters are right now instead of hanging out with you? Don’t worry, when you get older you can hang out with them whenever you want.

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Awkward 9 year old Mary

Elementary school! Cool! I don’t remember much but I do know your 4th grade teacher will be your only friend in your class that year but honestly you’ll be fine with it because you were weird. Your 5th grade teacher will show up to your volleyball senior night and send you a card for high school graduation, so give her lots of hugs for me.

 

You’re in middle school! Already. You feel so grown up. Truthfully, looking back, you are a typical annoying, bratty little kid still…but you own it. You are loving life, school is a breeze, and you are a three sport athlete. Good for you! I wish I had that kind of energy now. Honestly, I don’t know how you went to three different practices some days. But hey, here’s a sneak peek…volleyball is going to be the one that changes it all.

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Even more awkward middle school Mary

High school! It feels like I was just you yesterday. But it really has been a long time. You stopped running track (no longer a running girl, huh?), but keeping up with basketball and starting to put your heart into volleyball was a very good choice.

Look at that, the same friends you made 10 years ago are still with you. They are going to be in it for the long haul. Be thankful for your tight-knit class, your friendly teachers, your coaches, and especially mom and dad. They are all rooting for you and want you to do great things!

And look, you will survive AP Biology and Calculus. You are doing all the right things.

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Senior year class trip to Virginia Beach with Chloe and Alexander, the friends I made in 2nd grade!

 

You are looking at the right colleges. Thank god you listened to mom on the way to that Rochester volleyball tournament about SUNY Geneseo and reached out to the coach. That is going to end up being really important.

Now, I don’t really have much advice for you, young Mary, because I truly believe every decision you made brought me to be in the place I am now. I’m sure the only thing younger me would want to know is what I’m doing now…

I’m a JUNIOR in college. How. Weird. You decided to continue playing volleyball in college too, just like you dreamed of. You decided to stick with science, as expected because you were always good at it (…but it got a lot harder so please pay attention in class).

You’re still going to be the same weird person you’ve always been, sorry about that one. Fortunately, you decided to go to SUNY Geneseo, where you could make friends just as weird as you. Believe me when I say, those people at Geneseo are going to be there for you for everything. Pretty much you are going to have the best time in college, just like everyone keeps saying.

Mom and dad are doing well and they moved back to Long Island! Look at how it all comes full circle. That girl you asked to be your friend when you were 6 is still around, and still one of your besties. You scammed some other punks throughout the years to be your friend and they seemed to stick around as well.

Here’s some random facts you may also want to know about the future:

-No one says “swag” anymore besides you in 2020…that went out years ago.

-The world did not end in 2010…obviously.

-You will get a few small tattoos, oops.

-Jenna Marbles still makes YouTube videos for some reason.

-There is a new app out called TikTok that is more addicting than Vine. Spoiler alert!! Vine is gone now, like the app is gone forever.

Before this gets any more ridiculous, I am signing off. In all seriousness, don’t worry about the future and growing up. There are so many good things to come.

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