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June 19 2016

Thank You, Dad

With Father’s Day today, it is a great time to share all the wonderful things that our fathers do for us starting from a very young age. Personally, my dad has made the biggest impact on me, and without him, I am not sure at all what I would do, but I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Image published with permission from Z. Puskuldjian

Images published with permission from Z. Puskuldjian

Now that I am older, I have a better understanding of why my dad did the things he did for me, even though I was a pain in the butt. He always worked hard to make sure that the rest of my siblings and I were always happy, healthy and had everything we needed. I will never forget all the times with my dad when I was younger, like when he would take me to all my sports games, sometimes being the one father on the sideline cheering us on, or when we would get up early to go fishing in the mornings, and, of course, all of the best family vacations we went on.

Last month, I graduated college. There were points when I really wondered if I would ever really make it to that day, but I did proudly. If I didn’t have my dad there by my side the whole time, I know that it would have never been possible. Growing up, there are so many things that my dad has taught me, and two of the biggest ones that will always stick with me are:

Never give up, and always try your hardest.

Never give up: Growing up, there were times when I didn’t believe in myself, but my dad always did. He never gave up, especially when I was switching schools. I sometimes felt like I hated him for that, but now I realize that he only did what he knew was best for me. I can always count on my dad to remind me to keep going and to encourage me that I can do anything I set my mind to. There is no giving up.

Always try your hardest: No, not everyone is perfect, and yes, I will make mistakes because that’s just how life goes. My first year of college, I struggled with my grades and even just staying in college after a horrible accident my father had gotten into; I just wanted to be back home. With the support of my friends and boyfriend, I knew that I had to push through for my dad, and that’s what I did. I tried my hardest like my dad always told me, and I was able to get my grades up, keep them up and graduate this year with a high GPA. I know that he is proud of me, but I am also very proud of myself.

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Image published with permission from Z. Puskuldjian

Happy Father’s Day to the best dad a girl could ask for, and to all the fathers out there!

I love you forever,

Your daughter, Zara

About Zara Puskuldjian

Hi, I’m Zara Puskuldjian! I am from Long Island, New York but I currently reside in Boca Raton, FL. Recent graduate from Lynn University with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Photography. I love traveling, my friends, family, photography, warm weather and my 3 lbs. min pin, Nova. Oh and how could I forget my undying love for… chipotle. I am a firm believer in the wise words of Coco Chanel “Beauty begins the moment you decided to be yourself.” (:

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