So I have about a week left before I sit in a hot gym with a piece of cardboard on my head, walk up on a stage and collect a piece of paper while everyone claps. With graduation days away, all I think about are my plans for the next part of my life. I also have been thinking about the people who put the hunger for knowledge in me and the idea of living my life as a skeptic and a benefit to those around me.

As I sit back and reflect on those four years I remember those who have helped make me the skeptical crusader that I am today.

My Father: Introduced me to the skeptical world via Skeptics Guide to the Universe. He has also been there to give me books as well as guidance. And in my opinion the perfect example of a great skeptical parent! Happy Birthday Dad! 😀


I had a great science teacher in eighth grade and a wonderful literature teacher who really pushed me to do my very best at everything I did. They put the idea of success and college in my head and I am very grateful for that.


There are also these two amazing science teachers at my high school who’s heads are probably going to double in size when they finish reading this sentence. 😉 They really do care about the kids at my high school. Whether they know it or not, they have and will continue to make a difference in the lives of the kids they will teach.


And of course, Rebecca Watson and the other Skepchicks: Best role models ever!


So to all of you, thank you for being a positive influence on me and everyone else that you encounter.


And I know that some adults read this blog. To you, I ask that you please reach out to the youngins in your life, and dare them to do the best they can with their lives. Make them think about the future they wish to have. Challenge them to be better then they themselves thought possible. You see, when kids see that other people care about what they do with the rest of their lives, then they will in turn begin to care.


Thanks guys!  

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  1. June 10, 2009 at 8:32 pm —

    Congratulations! Just out of curiosity, what do you have planned for the future?

    Although my own daughter is only four months old, I’m excited about helping her develop her critical thinking skills. Hopefully she’ll be as happy about it as you are. =)

  2. June 10, 2009 at 10:08 pm —

    Aw. Congrats, Cassie! I’m glad there were a few stand-out role models for you at the ol’ high school . . .

  3. Cassie
    June 12, 2009 at 2:49 pm —

    Oskar- I have a year left at my local community college before I get my associates in psychology. Then I plan to transfer to a four year school. And I am glad to hear that there are other skeptical parents out there. I am sure your daughter will be happy about developing her critical thinking skills. Best of luck with that.

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