I have two pets in my household, one dog and one cat. Both of them are unique and special in their own ways.
My dog, Colonel, is a rescue dog that we’ve had for quite some time now. My neighbors are a foster home for pets and that’s where we first met Colonel. He was already an adult dog and we actually didn’t know his real age. Even though we missed out on his cute puppy years, it was very convenient because that meant we also missed his potty training years too! We adopted him and have given him the unconditional love and care that he deserves.
We don’t know what Colonel may have gone through earlier in his life, but knowing that my family was able to help get him out of the animal shelter and into a nice home really warms my heart. Even though he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, he’s filled with love and joy and he is certainly happy to be a part of our family.
My cat’s name is Kitty, and before you judge our creativity, my little brother named her when he was seven. She wasn’t technically a rescue, but she was from a litter of kittens that our neighbors had. Kitty was the very last cat that nobody had taken, and my little brother, Will, had been taking care of them while my neighbors were out of town. One night when we got hit with a really bad thunderstorm, Will felt bad for the poor kitten all alone during the storm, so he went down to our neighbor's house and brought her up to stay the night at our house. The rest is history, we’ve been loving and caring for her ever since.
I believe that adopting a rescue pet is the best route to take if you want a pet for your family. Most adult rescues are already potty trained and while a puppy (or kitten) may be cuter, it’s also important to keep the older dogs (and cats) in mind. They deserve a happy home and loving family just as much, if not more, than any cute little animals.
“I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” -Bill Gates
I love this quote so much because I can definitely picture myself as the lazy person that finds an easy way to do something. It’s also a very true quote! Without lazy people, we would be walking and running everywhere instead of riding in cars. We would still be sending mail via the Pony Express instead of emailing or texting each other. We would still have to actually look at dictionaries to see how to spell things! (FACT: I’ve already used spell check three times while writing this.) Without lazy people, our everyday lives would be much more difficult.
Also, I feel like I’m great at finding smart ways to do things, not necessarily cutting corners, but just getting something done with minimal effort. For example, when I started my high school career, my parents told me it was important to do well in class and try to get straight A’s. The minute I found out that a 90% gives you the same GPA as a 110%, I didn’t feel like wasting my time trying to do everything perfect for an A+ in every class. I could turn in a late assignment here and bomb a test there, as long as I still ended up with at least a 90% I was in the clear. However, it could be an 89.5% if the teacher is known to round up.
That’s just one of the many examples in my life where instead of showing up a day late and a dollar short, I show up at 11:59 with exact change! So, the next time you think being lazy is a bad thing, think again.
Something I just cannot live without is music. I have music on in the background whenever I’m doing anything from homework or driving to playing video games. If there wasn’t any music, everything would be so much more boring.
I rarely ever leave the house without earbuds, but sometimes I forget them. Those days are always the worst. It feels so weird not listening to music while doing school work.
Also, even when you think you're not exactly listening to music, you still might be. Think how much less exciting or scary movies would be without any music. How about your moments at work? For example, I work at Office Max and there’s music that plays in the background while people are shopping. Yes, music is in our movies, our stores, and more!
Overall, there is no way I could live without music. It is such a crucial part of my life. I spend so much time listening to music and I do so while doing almost anything and everything. I’m even listening to music as I write this blog right now.
Dear Incoming Freshman,
I’m sure that you guys are nervous about finally coming over to the high school. You are also probably pretty excited. I have some tips to make the transition from middle school to high school easier.
First, get to know your teachers. Life is a whole lot easier if you can comfortably talk to your teachers about whatever subject they are teaching. There is no point in trying to make a teacher your enemy, it just makes things a lot harder for the both of you.
Second, don’t be afraid to branch out a little bit. I’ve made a lot of close friends during high school, and I expect to make a lot more. Just by being friendly towards everybody, and not staying in a small group of people, you will be able to make new connections. The truth is that you never know who might become one of your best friends, so branch out.
Another piece of advice I have is to take advantage of any opportunities you get in high school. Whether it’s hosting a foreign exchange student or volunteering at a retirement home, you never what could be really fun until you try it.
Lastly, and this one is important, take your grades seriously. In terms of grades, high school is pretty much a fresh start. It doesn’t matter how well or how bad you did in middle school, colleges look at your high school grades. The difference between an A and a B could be the difference between thousands of dollars worth of scholarships. Now is the time to really try your hardest in school. While it may seem difficult at times, it will all be worth it when the time comes to find a college to attend.
Not to toot my own horn, but as a child in elementary school I was basically a genius. I cruised through school while doing all my homework at school and getting 100% on my papers. I finished my elementary career easily with all A’s. Even when I got to middle school, I kept my grades up.
By the time high school started for me, I had gotten an A in every class except for 8th grade challenge.
Once I started my freshman year of high school, I treated it just like every other year of school. I took it lightly and almost never did my homework at home. Everything started out fine, but once it got near the end of the 1st semester, I realized I may be in some trouble. I had a 87% in english and I wasn’t too confident that I would do well on the final. I ended up doing alright on the final, but it wasn’t enough to bring my grade up to an A.
Just like that I lost my 4.0 GPA in the first semester of high school. I was pretty bummed because I knew that if I had tried harder I could’ve gotten an A.
The next semester I started off well, but once again I fell behind in math class this time. I finished 3rd quarter with an 80%, which meant that the only way I could get an A for semester would be if I got a 100% in 4th quarter. I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but I tried my best and actually ended up getting that 100% that I needed! I was actually really excited about it and I learned a very valuable lesson from all of this.
I learned that in a lot of things, if you truly apply yourself and really put the effort into something, you can make almost anything happen. I also learned that even though it might be easier to slack off and procrastinate, it usually doesn’t turn out good in the long run.