Wow, looking back on the school year in Blue Jay Journal TV, I’d have to say that I’ve made many memories. This class was a lot of hard work, but it was well worth it. I became closer with so many fun people.
My top three favorite memories are hard to choose, but here it goes….
My colleague Jonathan and I were doing a PSA about "kindness." We had a pretty good plan to produce the best PSA ever. We filmed in the library and then again in the hall.
Everything was going dandy until another friend of mine, Jacob James Jinkerson, was helping us. We were going to film in his car. He started the car and it was running okay, but then he turned it off so we could have a brief brainstorm session. When he went to start the car again, it refused to come back on! We had already filmed the last scene, but how was he going to get home?
As we were trying to figure out the problem, we called his dad. While this was happening, the camera was on and filming everything without us realizing it. It even captured us pushing the car.
After the situation was handled, we packed up and left to go watch the PSA footage. Imagine our suprise when we realized we hadn't turned the camera off and the breakdown was captured on video. Man, that was funny watching all of us try to figure out this travesty.
SLU Trip for JournalismSTL
BJJTV all went to Saint Louis University to listen to many key speakers in the broadcasting world. I knew it was going to be a lot of fun and we were going to learn a lot.
Entering the school, Jon and I saw over a hundred flags in the room. Instantly, we began reciting countries of the flags we saw. We were pretty loud because many of the other students started to join in. We all bonded over naming the countries. We proceeded to call the place the United Nations.
For some unknown reason I never looked at the camera in the first stages of Blue Jay Journal TV. It got to the point to where it became a thing, “Oh boy, Jared isn’t going to look at the camera again.”
I proceeded to never look at the camera if I didn’t have to. Now I will pass the legacy to another member. I had fun while doing it and I hope the next person doesn’t look, too.
All in all Blue Jay Journal TV was an unforgettable experience with unforgettable people. I’m so glad I took the class. I was happy to work with such good people and make great memories.
Fourth quarter has just started and everyone is waiting for the end of the year. The question comes up almost every day at school, “How am I going to make it through the rest of the school year?” Well, you’re in luck! I have tips to help you get through these slow months.
Buckle Down: just because it’s close to the end of the year, doesn’t mean school gets any easier. Try hard and get those good grades that you’ve been pushing all year for. You have to keep up with school, homework, and classwork. Don’t get burned out, push through and it will be over in no time.
Find hobbies: fill your time with things to make your days go by faster! You may find a new hobby and stick with it. Try anything you’re interested in. You can find many cool things to check out and try. Before you know it, these last three months will go by FAST. You can try different things to fill your time because being busy makes time fly, especially if you like what you are busy with!
Invest in friends and family: spend time with people you like and develop relationships with people you care about. This can help time fly by and make others feel good.
Whatever year in school you are, just push through these last months and try to cherish every moment you can. Eventually, you start doing bigger and better things. Honestly, time in High School will be over before you know it. It may feel like it's taking forever, but soon enough you'll be walking in cap and gown to get your diploma.
I often see news headlines like these: “Another Robbery in Saint Louis” or “Rioters Loot Store.” Too often, we see this as a normal news day.
We live in a society where we’ve become accustomed to horrible things that happen everyday, but what we do not talk about are the little things that go unreported. My dad told me that his change jar was taken at his job site the other day. He wasn’t surprised, nor was I, but when I think about it, what is going so wrong in someone's life that they go into a job site and steal $14 dollars worth of change!?!?
I was appalled that one recent morning, after staying the night at a friend’s house, to find the center console of my car open. Items were carelessly thrown everywhere. My wallet and change jar were both gone!
I really didn’t know how to deal with this situation. I finally had something of my own that was worth someone’s time to steal. I had about $150 worth of gift cards from various family members from Christmas stolen, too. Hopefully the thief has a good time spending my $25 dollars at Bass Pro.
Since the incident, I have thought a lot more about all the horrible things that happen to people who would never hurt a fly. I am absolutely fed up! Who are you to steal from people that barely have things worth stealing? I now know to always lock my bike or car because some low life will be there to take anything they can get.
In the end, it amazes me that those big crimes we hear about on the news get all the attention and the small crimes that impact people like you and me in Washington, Mo seem to go unnoticed. A crime is a crime. It's time for all of us to do the right thing and stop this before it gets totally out of control.
Many girls make it known that guys are not very good “gentleman,” which based on recent news articles appears to be true. The more I look around, the less I see men treating women the way that we were raised to.
Men are influenced by social media posts, movies, and music that say we should treat women like an object. Most men were taught differently, but thanks to the influence of the media, they changed.
I really believe that social media should stop treating women so roughly and guys can start treating women like we used to, with respect.
On the other hand, I can walk down the halls and see guys do nice things for girls. No one ever talks about it. I constantly see guys open doors for girls and pull out chairs at dinner.
If chivalry is dead, then how am I seeing all these nice things done for women?
Guys need to change the way society treats women in general. Yet, women are not totally ignored or disrespected. We just almost had a female president.
Here is a message to all guys, “Step Up!” Step out of your comfort zone. Ask girl on a date, and if she accepts, treat her right. Don't hide behind phones because you think asking a girl out over text is the same as face to face. It is not. Get out and do things in person. Treat women with kindness. And, do not give into the media message that women are less than men, because that is a lie.
Chivalry is not like it used to be, but neither is society. Guys, in general, might be a little worse, but chivalry is not totally gone. However, we certainly have room for improvement.
Everyone dreams of the day they'll be able to drive. It’s the feeling of being free, radio turned all the way up and no one there to tell you to turn it down. This dream, that every 14-15 year old has, does not incorporate all the costs of driving.
Driving as a teen is very dangerous because you are a new driver and have an enormous amount of distractions. According to dosomething.org, “1 in 5 teens have been involved in an accident within their first year of driving.”
Teens are just learning to drive a car while they have friends and cell phones to distract them. It is extremely important to keep eyes on the road. I can drive down the road and see about 1 of every 3 drivers doing something other than driving.
When it comes to driving, I think people take the responsibility of it for granted. At any moment a person could pull out in front of you at 45 miles an hour. While you’re taking a snap chat, you could die because you didn't see them coming and didn't swerve to avoid them.
People take driving too lightly and need to stop worrying about what’s going on in their phone rather than what’s happening on the road. Teenagers can be careless drivers. They think it’s more important to see what their friend just posted on Instagram than to pay attention to the road.
33% of deaths in 2010 were caused by distracted teen drivers. If teens would just buckle up and not look at their phone until they get out of the car, I think the world would be a safer place.
Every high school student I know complains about coming to school tired. It seems no matter how much sleep they get, it’s never enough.
Typically, they say they are up all night doing homework, but how true is that? I know that I am doing my homework, but when I get a text or snapchat I always respond regardless of the time.
Teens need around 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. It helps with growth and emotional stability. Sleep is needed to live, it’s almost as important as having air to breathe.
The National Sleep Foundation says sleep helps with stress management. Teens in high school always have to deal with homework, due dates, and tests. This can bare quite a burden on most kids and some have a pretty hard time dealing with it. Sleep can always help with that.
Lack of sleep can lead to inability to learn, can make you very forgetful, and can even cause teen’s worst nightmare ACNE! Not Sleeping can really mess up your mind and body, but yet kids still stay up late unaware of the strain it puts on their bodies.
Time management can play a huge part of getting enough sleep for the night. Teens should get all their homework and other tasks done before they play on their phones or watch videos of funny cats.
People say, “you can always make time for what’s important.” People need to make time for sleep. It affects your mood and your whole lifestyle. So the next time you stay up late or pull an all-nighter, think about the horrible things you're doing to yourself.