Life lessons can come to you in an abundance of ways. They teach you new things that will stick with you for the rest of your life.
Teachers have always told me deadlines seem closer than they appear and that couldn't be more true. At the beginning of the year in BJJTV, I often procrastinated until the day before a deadline. I soon realized that this couldn't happen anymore. Life in BJJTV got busier and busier as the year went on, so I decided I had to change. I started using a calendar and set up reminders so I would not miss my deadline.
My parents have always told me to be polite and use my manners. This has came in handy while in BJJTV. It pays to be nice and polite when talking to someone to set up interviews or asking them if you can tell their story. The people you're interviewing will more likely open up and talk.
Be grateful for what you have. When editing stories, I learned that some people have it way worse than I do. It gets me thinking about how good I have it. Being in BJJTV has been eye opening.
At the beginning of the year, I thought that taking this class might be a mistake, but I was proven wrong immediately. I met so many great people through this class. This class has also opened my eyes to new possibilities that I might pursue in the future. Even within the military there are many options within the areas of communications and video work.
I am very grateful for the equipment we have and that the class is even available as an option at WHS. I have really grown fond of journalism and am looking forward to learning even more.
Dear Incoming Freshmen,
As you start your high school career, don't worry about pleasing everyone. Don't become someone you're not. Being yourself is the key to having fun in high school. Wear clothes that express who you are. Listen to the music that you like. Be involved in the things that matter to you. Don't change into something you are not just to make other people like you.
Get your homework done. Nobody wants to see you retaking a class or falling behind. We all want to see you succeed. Trust me, if you have a project that isn't due until the next week, get it done in the next day or so because due dates will sneak up on you when you're least expecting it. Work ahead, not behind!
If you have time, join a club, be in the band or choir, or play a sport. There are so many options at WHS. Get involved with your school. It's a great way to make more friends and it will make a year of school fly by.
Although I say join clubs and get involved, remember that you need to make sure you balance your time. If you don't, you'll feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Focus on school work first, clubs and activites come second.
I have to add this, don't let high school be the best years of your life. You have so many more years down the road to do something amazing. Reach for the stars and work hard for your future. High school is just another step on the path of life, there is much more to look forward to.
See you next year!
In today's society I believe that teens do not have enough self-discipline and respect. I see examples every day. As teens, we wonder why we don't get any respect. I believe it's because we do not give respect.
For example, I can walk down the halls of my high school and hear music playing. That student doesn't care about what anyone thinks of the music, even though it is not appropriate for school. That person thinks it's ok to distract everyone from learning and couldn't care less if they offend anyone else.
How about this? I know teens who believe that buying the next big thing is a must, even though they're struggling to pay for insurance or gas for their car. Where is the common sense?
Human beings in general have to control what we do so that it doesn't lead to worse decisions. For teens these days, it seems to be even harder to practice that self-control.
I've noticed a lot of people my age don't seem to respect anyone because they think they are on top of the world, or better yet - that the world revolves around them. When teachers try to teach, many students are rude. They talk and focus on other distractions. When they are asked to focus on what the teacher is trying to communicate, they back talk the teacher. Yet these people are the same ones complaining they aren't treated the same as others. You have to give respect to receive respect.
I have to mention this. Why are teens eating Tide pods? Are you serious? What has my generation come to? This has to stop. We are a laughing stock at this point and will probably never be taken seriously by anyone over the age of 20.
Of course kids who do not pay attention or cause problems are singled out. Adults are trying to help them make better choices, but by ignoring their behaviors, they are going to go nowhere fast. I believe that we ALL need to crack down on these behaviors. If these problems are not fixed now, they will continue into the future. Teens are going to be the future of this country someday, that is if they stop eating toxic products for a few "likes" on a video!
Have you ever seen a trailer for a new movie and just think about it nonstop? Or, maybe you hear a song and can't get it out of your head? Well, that's how I feel about college and life after college. I'm always thinking, "What will happen next?"
College is a big step. When I think about the possibilities, I have several areas I am interested in. I am interested in studying business or becoming an athletic trainer.
Also, while attending college, I plan on being in ROTC. I've thought about becoming a Marine Corps officer. I've always felt like serving in the military was the only way to truly repay those who have come before me. Perhaps, I may be able to help protect the freedoms we take for granted. I would like to serve in the military for as long as I can.
My thoughts don't end there. I think about life after my career. When I retire, owning my own muscle car restoration business would be an amazing second career. My friend and I have already made plans about what cars we want to fix first.
I've always loved old muscle cars. My father and I take on projects at home. I'm in the middle of restoring a 1971 Ford Maverick. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, "Why a Maverick out of any old muscle car?" Well, I wanted something that isn't well-known and that nobody else has. I like to be different.
When I think about the upcoming chapters of my life, it is a lot like that movie trailer that replays itself over and over in your brain. Sometimes it's hard to stop thinking about it. My possibilities are endless. I can't help but wonder how this will all unfold as I near the end of my high school education.
What makes you sit down and think for hours on end? Are you filled with thoughts about your future, too?
Sleep deprivation is becoming a very serious problem in the U.S. Roughly one third of the U.S. population is only getting about six hours of sleep a day, but if you work a night shift you are more likely to get even less sleep. I can't even imagine getting only six hours of sleep a day.
Not only can drowsy driving increase the chances of an accident due to falling asleep behind the wheel, it also could lead to injuries at work. Being sleep deprived also makes you more vulnerable to depression, a weak immune system, and memory issues.
A good way to combat this problem is to get enough sleep. The recommended amount of sleep an adult should get is seven to nine hours of sleep. Teens are encourages to get eight to ten hours of sleep.
Get in the groove of having good sleeping habits. Make sure to turn your phone's screen downwards (or off) so it can't distract you from sleeping. Make an effort to go to bed earlier. Restrict your caffeine intake in the afternoons and evenings too.
I don't know about you, but I sure am looking forward to a good night's rest and feeling great the next morning. Let's make this a habit for all of us.
Are you already stressed about homework? How about stress at work or home? There are many different ways to handle stress. Personally, I like to head outdoors to get peace of mind.
The outdoors has many ways to take your mind off of the stress of daily life. Stress relief is as simple as the rustling of the trees when a gust of wind blows past. Another thing that I like to listen to are the songs that birds chirp. Just being quiet and listening to nature can calm the nerves.
It is not secret that I love fishing. If i have the time to spend fishing, it's a good day! I normally end up fishing if I have time or not, because I make time to do it. It is a priority!
Many times I will be thinking about questions on my homework assignments, and I will solve them in my head as I am fishing. I don't have the pressure of all the other homework and people around me, so the answers just pop into my mind.
Any time I am out fishing, the last ten minutes before I pack up to leave, I like to remember to take my life problem by problem. Remembering to face stress in life one step at a time, is always important.
Being in the great outdoors, more specifically fishing, is my way of relieving stress or figuring out what is causing my stress and how to handle it. I encourage you to get outside, get some fresh air, and let go of your stress.
The world has endless possibilities of what you can do. This has me thinking about what I want to do before my time is up on earth. Some people say they have a "bucket list" of what they want to do before their time is up. This is my bucket list.
1. I'd like to go to Europe. I love history, anything from the Rose War to WWII interest me. I want to visit Verdun and the Eiffel Tower in France. Next, I would want to go to Spain to catch a soccer game with Athletico Madrid or FC Barcelona. Then, I would travel to Germany to tour the battlegrounds of WWI and WWII. After Germany, I'd like to visit the rest of the countries nearby and enjoy the culture.
2. I want to go skydiving. I want to feel my heart pounding on the way up and the dread right before the jump. I can imagine it. As I step up to jump, I will feel the wind trying to suck me out of the plane. I want to feel the wind as I fall and hear the silence after I pull the parachute and float down to the ground.
3. Ever since watching Finding Nemo, I have always wanted to go scuba diving. I want dive in the Great Barrier reef in Australia.
4. I have heard stories from my father about how beautiful Guam is and it intrigues me. I can imagine myself sitting on the warm, sandy beach looking at the clear water. Guam is on my bucket list for sure!
5. It would also be great to take a trip to every state with a group of buddies and just spend one or two days in the state sightseeing.
The list goes on and on, but I am wondering, what is yours like? Do you have a list of what you want to do? If not, write one and make it happen! Go wild with your dreams. The sky's the limit!
My favorite outdoor activity to combat stress is fishing. The quietness that comes with fishing calms me down. While fishing, my mind is as clear as the sky on a peaceful day.
That changes when I hook a fish. I get a sudden jolt of excitement that makes me forget all about the stress and responsibilities that were weighing me down before.
One of my most memorable fishing experiences was when I caught my first catfish at the Lake of the Ozarks. I have never fished for catfish before. In fact, I had never even got to hold one.
That night, my dad and I were lying on the dock around midnight wrapping up an evening of fishing. Right before I started to reel my line in, I got a bite. I set the hook and came to life knowing that there might be a catfish on the other end. The fish put up a great fight, but I tired it out.
When I got it to the surface, my dad had to use two hands to get it out. We weighed the massive cat on the scale and it ended up weighing 25 lbs. I will remember that night as long as I live.
Fishing is a great pastime and I hope you’ll try it. Here are a few sites to visit to learn more about it:
Where to Fish in Missouri
MO Fishing App
Fishing in Missouri State Parks