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Dear Future Me,

First off, I’d like to state that I hope everything is going well! I hope that you have figured out what you want to do with your life, and I hope that you are happy doing it. In this moment, November of 2018, past you is worried about a few things: finals week, what will happen after graduation, how the Holidays at home will go, and how I am going to be affecting the future. Charlotte and I have started talking about composting, but we’re worried about how the flies will affect the apartment. We’re both trying to make an effort to recycle correctly, washing our jars before tossing them in the bin, googling what can and can’t be recycled (is google still a thing?).

Knowing myself, I know that I’ll still be up to date on the newest technologies. I’m guessing that VR is a bigger thing now. Anyway, I hope that you have kept up on trying to be more environmentally conscious. Are you still recycling? Has recycling improved? Right now, recycling isn’t the most efficient thing in the world. The smallest impurities can ruin an entire batch. Pizza boxes are the bane of recycling’s existence. Trash collectors in Chicago benefit from marking recycling bins as having a contaminated bin, so there’s less reason for them to collect it.

My hope for the future is that things are better. For you, for the environment, for everyone. If you have been trying your best at helping the environment, hey, keep it up and know that past you is proud.

– Past you (Neal T.)
P.S. did you get Mom’s side of the family’s genes and start going gray already? Hopefully not Dad’s side. I don’t want to be bald. If you are bald don’t feel bad that past you is making fun of you.

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