Senior Year Tango.

Senior Year. A time in your life when you learn more about how the world really works, and you also figure out how (in some way) you will contribute to the community that you live in or move to.

This may sound cliqué, but my senior year really went by fast and I felt like I gained responsibility. I think most people go through this change and it is honestly for the better. Can you imagine if you still had your mom do your laundry and doctor’s appointments, while being on the break of your twenties (my mom would probably do it lol).

I am here to give you some things that I wish I had a redo on and some things that I did great with. I will also add in some tips on how to achieve the best you in senior year.

Some things that I would redo about senior year:

I would be more social:

I have never a “social butterfly”, but I think I could have done better with being more social. This is one thing that I plan to become better at while I attend my future university (I will make a post about my university in a later time). I think I can achieve my goal by going to more places and having more conversations with people.

I would have probably got a job:

I did not get a job because I was in the Early College program (this was a excuse in the beginning, which was valid due to my 20 credit-a-semester schedule). My current excuse is that I am going off to a university soon, so I want to make sure I spend enough time with my parents. It would be beneficial to get a job though because I could then buy my own stuff and treat my parents. (Update: I got a job.)

Dedicated more time to me:

Similar to what I always do, I dedicate so much time to school and not much to my own projects. I plan to work on this issue by making myself put time aside for leisure time (most likely planner based).

Some things that turned out good senior year were:

My grades:

 I studied a good amount of the time, and always remembered my end goal was to graduate with my associates degree. I hope that I still have that drive when I continue to further my education in the future.

Scholarships:

I applied for scholarships CONSTANTLY (partly for a grade and partly to see how many I would get). So far I have won two, which I am happy about.

Graduating:

I ended up achieving my goal, and graduating with my Associates in Applied Science before my high school diploma. I achieved the goal that many said was impossible, so I think that was the best part of my senior year. 

Study Tips

I have compiled a list of study tips that will make your studying experience sweeter.

1. Study with a group:

This works for certain people because they may study with a group of friends, but do not study anything at all at the study session. I would suggest studying with classmates that you may not consider a friend, but an acquaintance.

2. Play some music:

Some music is good to listen to while studying. The perfect music to listen to is something that you normally don’t listen to (not annoying though). For example if you are normally listening to rap music, then I would suggest music that is softer (i.e.: Johnny Goth). Music is also an option for break time.

3. Take breaks bi-hourly/ every half hour:

Breaks insure that your brain won’t explode by all of the knowledge that you are intaking. Also in most cases, the student will forget all of your study material if they don’t take a break.

4. Think about your goals (short and long term):

Goals can be things like wanting to read a certain amount of pages per day or wanting to understand something by a certain day. Planners can assist with this.

5. Make target spots to reward yourself:

This is similar to the photos I see on Pinterest about placing gummy bears on certain points in a book. You can do this or have something else for yourself.
What do you think of my tips? What are some tips that you personally use?

Pros and Cons of joining a Early College: From A Early College Student

To be a student in a Early College is a one in a life time opportunity and a great privilege. Even though I enjoy my program a great deal, I still have some issues with it. These are some of my Pros and Cons of joining a Early College Program:

Disclaimer: I would like to start off with a brief description of what Early College is. Early College is a program that allows select students to take college classes on a community college campus (how my area’s program is set up), and the goal is to obtain your Associates Degree.
To be a student in a Early College is a one in a life time opportunity and a great privilege. Even though I enjoy my program a great deal, I still have some issues with it. These are some of my Pros and Cons of joining a Early College Program:

Some pros are:

To interact with people who are older and have different backgrounds than you (students and professors):

Professors are different than teachers in some aspects. The most obvious one is that they are more ‘free’ in the subjects they talk about. Also depending on the class you are in, the professor or students will express their thoughts about certain situations which can lead to a friendly dialogue. 

To receive a free college education:

College is constantly getting higher, so it is important to try to seize on any opportunity to get a free education. Think about it as ‘free food’ at a party.

Understand the importance of higher education:

Sometimes the importance of education really isn’t explained fully, which it can’t be. Due to the fact that I am a person that likes to experience things hands on, I enjoy the opportunity of being able to go through college before going to my university. This also helped me learn about community college because most high schools tend to over look community College as a alternative after high school. It really is a great place to start your college journey.

Some cons are:

Not really being included in things at your high school:

Sometimes, if you are in Early College, you may not get news on the same day as others. This is why it is important to have someone you know that is on campus, so they can tell you the latest information.

There may be a disconnect between the different sides: 

My school has some tension. This is due to miscommunication and sometimes other situations that may arise.

You may not feel obligated to go to any of the “original” high school functions:

For example, some of my peers are not going to all senior activities and some aren’t going to any. In my case, I am not going to any of them.

What do you think about Early College program? 

Why Creative Classes Should Be Offered

Creativity is the advantage of being able to not rely on convergent solutions or thinking; it is actually being able to solve issues or come to solutions by using unorthodox actions. The creativity index in the United States has steadily declined. This lead to the proposal of creativity courses being recommended. The creativity courses should be taught because they help students become more relaxed and create solutions to complicated problems in society.

One way that creativity classes would help society is by helping students become more relaxed. Even though it seems cliché it has been shown time after time that these classes are beneficial. The stats are actually coming from creative classes that are in place currently.  For example, one evaluation of how music affects the body was found in a study with a 9-year-old children who was provided with piano instruction. They gave the child a spatial-temporal task immediately after, and they scored higher than before the lessons. If the child continues these lessons for the rest of their school year and beyond, then there will be an incessant increase within their knowledge. Additionally, if more schools and parents introduced their children to musical elements, then this might lead to an increase of more creative generations. Another creative class that is currently in place is art class. One way that art class has improved creativity within students is by providing a source that can be used through expression. Another example would be when I took art class, my classmates and I were able to release some of the tensions that school provided. We were also able to decorate the school and have a pride in our work, which lead to an increase of confidence in students and that confidence lead to students preforming better on their assignments.

In addition, creativity courses would be beneficial because they may inspire students to become innovators and problem solvers. Most children observe the world around them and notice situations that are not the best. For example, if a child constantly witnesses mental illness and becomes aware of the different effects it has on the body, then the child would most likely become interested in what sparks the light to this disease. This example applied to me; I grew up with a father that had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and was untreated all of his life until recently. When I took a music class I remember how soothing and relaxing music can be. I decided to combine the two life experiences, and create a plan to produce music for individuals that have severe mental illness. Rather than a life of constant pills and therapy, a patient may use music to reduce their manic behavior. Without taking the creative music class, the thought of music producing and trying to be an innovator would have not taken place.

Some people might argue that creativity courses are a waste of time because some individuals believe that you cannot teach creativity. The class is to help with tapping into the divergent thinking within a person. This is possible for everyone, but they have to be open minded with the course. Another common argument is the class would put a limitation on creativity, but there are creativity classes that are on-going now and there is not a problem with the grading system. For example, art and music classes have been assigned for decades, and there has not been issues with providing grades to students. If other creativity courses were designed and offered to students, then the school system would not have any difficulty with grading students in those classes. But if the school were to run into an issue with someone saying that their creativity is being limited, then it would be a good idea to set some boundaries for the class. Teacher could say that if a person adds a certain object into their drawing or activity, then they will get credit on the assignment. This would not limit creativity because the student can do whatever they want to with the object, and their work is not being limited.

Hence providing more creativity courses to students would not be an abnormal situation, and possibly would help many students unlock their hidden potential. Creativity courses would help handle the issue of the steady decline of creativity in generations, which would lead to more innovators and issues in the world being solved. If individuals took time to understand the details of creativity courses, then people opposing may change their thoughts on the topic.

What do you think about this topic?

FRACKING

Fracking has created many conflicts within the ecosystem. The process of hydraulic fracking started in 1947.

Fracking has created many conflicts within the ecosystem. The process of hydraulic fracking started in 1947. It was later used commercially in 1949. The process of fracking or also called hydro-fracking involves drilling into the earth. The drilling occurs in places believed to contain trapped natural gas. A mixture of water, sand, and many chemicals are pumped into the drilling area, which makes the trapped gas release. The popularity of fracking has grew very much since 1949, which has influenced drilling firms to start drilling all over the world. The drilling firms fail to realize the drilling creates many problems for surrounding citizens. Fracking leads to health problems, shifting of land, and impacts natural resources. Fracking is dangerous to humans, because of the many risks it carries.

Some of the health issues exposed to people near fracking include air pollution, respiratory problems, and cardiovascular problems. Fracking was attached to air pollution in 2014. While the drilling occurs, the trapped gas surfaces from the underground. The gas trapped includes carbon. This carbon that is released into the air contributes to local air pollution. This pollution combines together with car and factory pollution. With the air pollution from factories and cars very high, carbon pollution just creates a tipping point. All the air pollution combined together create damage all over the world. Air pollution contributes to global warming. Global warming is the gradual increase of temperature on the earth’s atmosphere. Global warming contributes to the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is trapping the sun’s warmth. One example of the effects of air pollution and global warming is the melting of the North Pole. In the North Pole, glaciers and ice caps are melting and drifting away. Due to the fact drifting is occurring, polar bears and other organisms have an unstable environment. This is a much known problem all over the world. This top is also included in children’s movies. One much known movie that showcases the melting of ice is Happy Feet. Even though there is no hope of there being an end of global warming, many people hope that one day it will not occur anymore. Respiratory and cardiovascular problems have been linked to hydro-fracking. Due to contaminated gas being released into the surface from below the ground, there has been reports of people suffering from respiratory problems. The people who reported these problems say they experienced shortness of breath, lung disease, difficulty breathing, and asthma attacks. The victims where mostly young adults and children. Due to the fact victims being mostly younger individuals, there are possibilities of future problems occurring after their accident. Pregnant women put are in danger while being near drilling firms. Air pollution could produce birth defects to growing baby’s that are in their mom’s wombs. These health defects could include problems for baby’s hearts, brains, and nervous systems. These problems could create generations of children with many birth defects that could be passed down to their following children.

Fracking affects the earth, because there is drilling that happens. This drilling opens the ground and releases gas into the surface. While releasing this gas, the ground becomes unstable. Many people report earthquakes happening to them, and these individuals usually don’t experience earthquakes. One example of this is the hydro-fracking that occurs in Texas. Texas is usually a stable place, when it comes it comes to earthquakes. This all changed when fracking was introduced in Texas. Drilling firms located to Texas, because of the many possibilities that were located there. After this locating, people started to report earthquakes occurring. Some people call the earthquakes occurring in Texas, man-made, because of the possibility of it occurring from the fracking. One location that hydro-fracking occurs in Texas is Irving. A couple who lived in Irving, Texas for 14 years, reported about earthquakes occurring where they live. They blame the fracking for the earthquakes that happened around their neighborhood, because they never experienced them until fracking refiners appeared near them. Scientists, studying the effects of fracking, say that fracking causes earthquakes. The earthquakes tend to be 2.0 and higher magnitude. Fracking has also been attached to earthquakes happening to Oklahoma, like Texas. Even though there are people who say that fracking causes earthquakes, there are also people who defend that fracking does not cause earthquakes. Researchers from SMU, South Methodist University, say that fracking should not be confused with Underground wastewater storage. Underground water storage tanks are used for storage of drinking water, wastewater, and rainwater. These tanks are basically just like water pipes that link drinking water to taps or toilets. The difference is that tanks are portable and can be used for virtually anything a person wants. The researchers, from Southern Methodist University, say that underground water storage tanks are the reason for the earthquakes occurring in Texas and Oklahoma. The reason for the earthquakes point to two reasons, underground water storage tanks or fracking. Even though fracking seems like the main reason, there are people disagree.

In conclusion, fracking sends mixed feelings to many people around the world. The individuals truly affected by the drilling are people who live in a near radius of it. Drilling firms seem to only care about what seems to be a great new spot of drill, and not think about the effects that it may cause to surrounding citizens. Many people tie fracking to many health risks including respiratory issues, cardiovascular issues, and air pollution. These ricks leave a long lasting effect on people who it comes across. The worst part about these risks is that is mostly attacks people with immune systems, which are fetuses, infants, babies, and children. These issue could lead to many problems including defects, diseases, and asthma. Individuals who have been living peacefully in their houses for many years, have been disturbed by drilling firms. Earthquakes that start occurring in Texas and Oklahoma and are tied to fracking and underground water storage tanks. The earthquakes are most likely from fracking, even though underground water storage tanks are a possibility. Overall, fracking seems to be very harmful and damaging to everyone in the whole world. Fracking leads to other harmful events that happen in the world including global warming. If fracking does not stop, then there will be more earthquakes and harmful things that happen to the land.

 

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