BJJTV had a big impact on my life. I learned a lot and met some really great people, but mostly I learned about some social issues in my school and community.
There are people all around us with different experiences and lives. I have seen and heard so many stories while being in this class that my outlook on life has changed. Our staff has produced stories on anything from school sports and Spikeball to more serious things like death and tragedy.
I am so happy to say that I got to help create impactful stories and PSAs that change lives and make a difference. This class taught me to be aware of various social issues and to help those around me and in my community. I am so thankful to know the steps to take if I see problems or anyone in need.
Lastly, I just want to say a quick thank you to all the fellow staff members for helping me learn so much this year. I am thankful we were able to form bonds and gain friendships with each other. I was fortunate enough to have this time on staff.
To all of 2017-2018 BJJTV staff, thank you for teaching me so much!
Thanks for reading,
From Being More Aware of Social Issues to Gaining New Friends... Cassidy Looks Back on a Year Spent in BJJTV
Have you ever heard anyone say “mint” before? I have many times! Oh my goodness, people say it a lot!
When people say this, they are meaning that it is really cool or in “mint” condition. Where did it come from? I have no clue, but it has caught on like a new slang word! This is definitely a word that could go out of style any day now!
Whether it be about their “mint” truck's new paint job, or their “mint” shoes, or even a “mint” sign. It seems like anything new and fresh, can be labeled “mint.”
Honestly, I didn’t really think about it too much when people started saying it, but now I bet I hear it at least once or twice a day!
Now that this is becoming such a popular word to describe something, maybe I should just try it out? Maybe I won’t hate it so much if I hopped on the bandwagon of saying it.
Have you heard many people say it?
Eh, maybe it’ll die off pretty soon!
Anyway, thanks for reading my “mint” blog post.
The other day, I saw a little boy who was just the sweetest thing. He was probably about six years old, and he just made my day.
He asked me how my day was going and if I was happy. He was so kind, and it gave me a different attitude. It suddenly hit me how that little boy made my day. Scratch that! He made my life. He changed the way I see others by just exchanging a few words with me; a complete stranger.
Since that conversation with that little boy, I’ve started trying to being the best version of myself in everything I do. The little things in life can change a person's day from absolutely awful to fantastic! I just want everyone to know how a few little words can change someone’s life in an instant.
So, this is me saying it's time to start being that person that lifts another person’s spirit when they are down low and need a smile. Everyone has a rough day, and could use kindess. Be that person for a friend, or be that person for everyone!
Thanks for reading,
Being raised Catholic, I’ve grown up believing in God, and his son, Jesus. In this blog, I just want to bring up the topic of Faith.
I think about how the world came to be a long, long time ago. It is just so crazy to think about how He (God) came up with the Earth. I have some questions, though. For example, I can’t stop wondering why God created some animals like snakes. WHY DO SNAKES EXIST?!?!
Anyway, it is so difficult to fathom that our God created this entire beautiful thing that we call Earth, and that same Earth is populated by so many people from so many religions, lifestyles, beliefs, etc. People from different ethnicities and walks of life all come together her on God's creation to live. We survive on earth, together.
There are times I sit back and think about Creation and am awestruck. I just can’t believe that we all came from one week of hard work by one God. It is just WILD!
I love this world God created, and I so very much appreciate it!
Thanks for reading, Cass
Recently women of all ages were posting on different social media platforms “#metoo." That simple little hashtag had a bigger meaning.
This trend created some confusion on the internet. I didn’t understand it myself until I did some research.
When I found out what it really meant, I was really upset. I found out that any woman who has been sexually assaulted or sexually harassed were supposed to post this on their social media for the world to see.
Now, sexual assault is one thing. I do not condone that behavior what-so-ever. Yet, to say that sexual assault is just as bad as sexual harassment is a stretch. To me, there is a huge difference between being catcalled while walking down the street and some of the descriptions of assault we have seen in the news in recent months.
So where did women posting #metoo draw the line between assault and harassment? They didn’t.
I also am frustrated that some women just wanted to get involved and put the blame on men. Yet, in my life, I have observed that most men in this society are good people. False accusations and blanket statements can ruin lives and reputations. Also, stereotyping all males as possible attackers will only cause more division in a pretty divided world. We cannot forget that.
I know that this may seem odd coming from a woman, but those few days that women were posting “#metoo” (especially women who I knew first-hand did not have such horrid experiences with men), I was embarrassed to have been associated with them based on my gender.
I am not alone in my fears that the #metoo movement went too far by having some people simply jumping on a bandwagon, and by not differentiating between harassment and assault. For further reading visit this site: Columnist Questions Whether Viral #metoo Movement is Going too Far.
Sleep deprivation is a serious issue for our generation, and there is an easy solution!
I know it. You know it. We all know it! It is so difficult to keep up with school, work, and all our other commitments.
But for real, sleep is seriously important.
Not sleeping is more common than people think. People all across the nation don’t take sleep seriously. I understand how petty and dumb it may sound to go to bed early so you get an adequate amount of sleep, but it is very important!
Without the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep each night, you will suffer. It could cause many different problems that include drowsy driving accidents, depression, aging, weight gain, high blood pressure, and many more nasty health issues.
Who really wants old wrinkly skin, depression, and high blood pressure before they are 30 years old? I sure don’t.
I am just as guilty as anyone else when it comes to not getting the right amount of sleep. I understand how hard it is to turn off a favorite Netflix show. However, I promise if you start sleeping more, you will feel better. I know I do when I manage to get my eight hours in!
For more information about how a lack of sleep can impact you, click HERE.
Some say the outdoors is gross. There are spiders, snakes, and all kinds of other nasty creatures crawling around. I am not one of those people.
Camping, fishing, hiking, or whatever your outdoor passion may be is refreshing. Fresh air can literally change a life.
Do you ever sit at your kitchen table staring at a ridiculous math problem? Maybe you are trying to figure out your budget? Sometimes life feels like just another step towards the next-to-impossible challenge.
I can tell you that for a fact I have the cure to life's stress: THE GREAT OUTDOORS!
It is incredibly refreshing to step away from all major worries and take a deep breath. I know that the outdoors has made a huge impact on my life. I basically grew up in the woods with my sisters climbing trees, fishing, and causing all kinds of mischief!
A few words of advice for my people that stress out easily: Take a step outside and breathe! I guarantee you will feel better instantly!
And, after you take that moment to refresh your mind and soul, you may be able to focus to solve that ridiculous math problem or figure your budget out. Scientists back me up on this. Nature has been proven to help our minds work better, feel less stressed, and be more focused.
So, give the great outdoors a try. Odds are that you will be glad that you did!
1) Visit Caño Cristales in Colombia (Rainbow River)
2) Find the oldest girl in the world and take a picture with her
3) Climb the tallest mountain in Switzerland
4) Go see the Taj Mahal
5) Take a trip from coast to coast of the US
6) Go to an island, any island, outside of the United States
7) Pet a seagull
8) Participate in a tractor pull
9) Hang out in a real igloo
10) Ride an elephant (a tame one, of course)
11) See a turkey in the country of Turkey
12) Ride in a hot air balloon
13) Learn to speak and read a different language, fluently
14) Eat pizza in Italy
15) Pet a stingray
16) Run a marathon
17) Ride in an Uber
18) Go ice fishing
19) Have a food fight
20) Meet the Pope
21) See the Northern Lights
22) Donate blood (even though I hate needles)
23) Tent camp in the middle of nowhere
24) Stay the night in a castle
25) Send a message in a bottle
These are all things I want to do before I am unable to do them. What's on your bucket list? Have you made one? It's not too late to start planning your adventures!
Upperclassmen. That is now a word that can define me. WOW!
I still remember my first day at Campbellton Elementary. Starting grade school (kindergarten to be exact) was almost as scary as high school. Instead of learning how to tie our shoes, now we learn how to balance chemical equations and solve some rather extreme math problems! Where'd the time go?
I hope that I can keep my focus this upcoming school year, as well as meet new people and have fun. Oh, and I hope I learn new things of course!
INHALE, EXHALE, we got this! I got this!