When I think of something that I can’t live without, there’s one thing that really comes to mind. It has always been there for me during both the good and the bad times. Basically, this thing has been there for me during every single moment of my life when I have needed it.
What could I be talking about?
Would you be suprised to know that this isn't a thing at all, but actually a person?
My stepbrother Jules means more to me than any product I could ever buy in a store. I can talk to him about anything happening in my life. He’s always there to cheer me up when I’m down about something without even trying.
If I didn’t have Jules around, I would be lost and stressed. He’s also pretty smart, so he helps me with a lot of my homework and teaches me new material. Even if it’s not something he’s into, he will still try to like it so we can discuss it. For example, I really like basketball and he doesn’t, but over time he’s gotten to know more and more about basketball just for me.
So many times I find myself stressed out or mad about something my dad said, or other things like that. When I feel that way, I go to Jules' room. I sit in there and talk to him. We just laugh and have a great time. He really keeps me sane. I don’t know where I would be without him.
The next time you think of what you cannot live without, the odds are you are like me. It's not a thing you own or can buy. It's a priceless person who has impacted your life greatly.
With all these memories (and more!) my top three are hard to choose, but I think I have decided.
Doing my first backpack story was one of the more proud moments of my life. I didn’t know what topic I wanted to cover at all, so I looked on a list of options MT made. I saw one over how teens cope with grief. It seemed challenging, so I wanted to take it on.
Getting interviews was the most challenging part about this. People kept cancelling on me and saying no, which is totally understandable. It's not easy to open up like that, especially on camera. MT was getting irritated because I was so late with the story, so she helped me get some interviews, so I could get the process started.
When it was all over, I was really pleased with the outcome! Here's a link to the story, CLICK HERE to see it!
Dear Future Freshmen,
High school may seem really scary at this point. Trust me, I know.
I remember the first time I ever walked into WHS. It made my heart race and a huge frog began to form in my throat. I’ve never seen something so massive and intimidating in my life. Then I saw some kid with a full beard and I couldn’t believe it! So, I understand it’s a whole new place full of many people.
My advice is pretty simple. GET INVOLVED! It’s that easy. You’ll gain friendships, good relationships with teachers (who make really good references) and much more. There is literally so much you can participate in during high school. Find something that interests you and go for it.
Another tip I have is don’t argue with teachers, they always win. This is not a good way to get a teacher to like you, which is actually important.
Something else that is helpful would be do NOT make out in the halls. This is a big no. Trust me, no one wants to see that.
The most important thing to remember is to just have fun. Don't worry too much. There’s a happy medium between having too much fun and just being too stressed out.
There are always people to talk to if you are scared of high school, so just be open and friendly. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Believe it or not, we were all once freshmen, too.
When I think about traveling, there are a few places that come to mind. Currently, my top travel destination is Paris. The city is full of history, monuments, and artwork. One of its nicknames is the "City of Love." Me, being a romantic, has to see why it is called that. I also have a huge interest in the Eiffel Tower. To me, it's one of the greatest monuments in the world. In the 5th grade, I wrote a paper about the Eiffel Tower. That experience really showed me the rich history of how it was constructed.
Italy is another country I would like to visit. A lot of my bloodline comes from parts of Italy, such as Sicily, which is the largest island in the Mediterranean located just off the "toe" of Italy's "boot." It would be awesome if I could learn more about the country and my heritage. My grandma always told me that my great-grandpa was a member of the Mafia. How true that is, I have no clue, but I definitely want to find out.
Greece is just a country I would like to see because it is so beautiful there. I've only seen pictures and heard what people say about it, but thanks to those sources, I think it would be amazing country to tour. One thing I find very interesting about Greece is their Mythology, along with their Gods and Goddesses, and also the Olympic history.
I would travel every single place in the world if I could. These are only three of the places that I would visit and have the most interest in. I hope someday I get to experience all of these places.
One fear is not being able to get a class I want, or it not living up to what I thought it would be. I also fear having to take the ACT, along with all the other tests and projects I have to deal with.
I must add, in my opinion, I feel that the worst thing that this upcoming school year has in store for us is waking up early. That is gonna be a battle every single day.
I have a feeling that this could be a really good school year for me, but I always have to be prepared in case it turns out not to be as great as I hope. Overall, I make the best out of any situation, so I am going to take that attitude into this coming school year.