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What I’ve been up to

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It seems like just yesterday I was writing inspirational quotes and making music video parodies with friends. The Grady School of Journalism has made me switch gears and try my hand at reporting. You can watch my latest news package by clicking here.

April 1, 2017 Posted by | Education, Videos | Leave a comment

HOBY: An Experience of a Lifetime

Last weekend I went to an amazing youth leadership conference at Bentley University, called HOBY. The main idea behind HOBY was to promote leadership and to discover the hidden potential within teens to make a difference in society. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how much I would get out of the program when I was first going into it. But I would come to realize that HOBY would far exceed my expectations. The schedule was pretty jam-packed with activities: From attending lectures given by successful guest speakers, to going to a local organization where about 300 of us helped kids in need. I loved all of these experiences.

What impacted me the most were all of the new friends I made. Nearly everyone I met at HOBY, from teens to adults, were very like-minded and we shared common opinions about everyday matters. This made it much easier to quickly make new friends, who I hope to keep in-touch with for a very long time. Bottom line: This experience was life-changing for me, and if I had to sum up the HOBY conference in one word, it would be: OUTSTANDING!

If you get a chance to go to a HOBY conference or something like it; believe me, it will be well worth your time!

June 11, 2011 Posted by | Education | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Drive to Drive

If you’re at that age where you’re thinking about getting your learner’s permit… don’t “jump the gun” too soon. You just turned 16 and you’re anxious to go get that permit to get behind the wheel… but ask yourself, are you really ready yet? Driving a car or truck is very serious business.

The best way to prepare yourself is to take a driver’s education course.  Here you’ll learn the rules of the road and get a good understanding of what’s expected.  You’ll also learn a great deal about what it takes and what you should do to be safe. 

Besides preparing yourself through driver’s ed., you really need to have a couple other things in place.  You have to be aware of your surroundings at all times.  And you have to have a certain level of responsibility in order to take this new endeavor seriously. 

There are so many benefits to driving, but remember… driving is a privilege, not a right. To achieve the ability to drive a car, you must reach a certain age, right? Well, in my opinion it’s not so much the age that’s important, but the maturity level you must attain. When the day comes for you to drive, remember to stay aware and always drive responsibly.

May 5, 2011 Posted by | Education | , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Do Community Service?

First off, what is community service? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like: it’s any form of non-profit help or assistance you give to the community. This could be like cleaning up a park in town, staying after school to tutor other students, or helping your community food bank. This is an obligation that usually goes hand-in-hand with high school. In my school, if you don’t fulfill all your hours of community service, then you aren’t aloud to graduate. Needless to say, this is a pretty big deal for some people.

But why is it that some just don’t want to do it?  Do you realize that the benefits, not only to others, but to you – outweigh your “sacrifice”?   When you offer your assistance to the community, you are most likely helping a lot more people than you would imagine. A simple park clean-up helps everyone who uses the park—the workers and the clientele.  When the park is clean, it’s safer so people can avoid certain injuries.   Not to mention, all the garbage in a park will draw people away from that public area. And, pay attention to this . . . when you provide assistance, you will be drawing more positive things into your own life. So, not only is it important to many others whom you’re helping, but it’s important to you, for your own benefit, to give to the world and offer a helping-hand.

Not sure how to help?  Look around and discover ways.  You can ask your school principal, public administrators, local charities, and even local churches.  Point is, there’s always someone who could use your help.  When you help out, you assist others & make others happy & you will be assisting yourself and will feel great about what you did!

February 14, 2011 Posted by | Education | , , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s keep this simple . . .

Texting Do’s & Don’ts

Do:
      –  Text when you have a clear & concise message to pass on to someone and can’t speak to them directly.

      –   Text when you don’t want to be heard by others around you but have something important   to communicate to someone else & they have to get it right away.

 

 

Don’t

      –   Don’t text if you have something lengthy to say.

      –    Don’t text if it takes your attention off something else you’re doing that’s important which could cause harm to yourself or others if you lose your focus.

      –    Don’t text if you’re with someone else.  This makes the other person you’re with feel unimportant.

      –    Don’t text if you’re at a party with a bunch of friends, even when others are texting at the party.  You’re supposed to be socializing face to face with your friends – that’s why you’re there.  Just get back to your texting buddies some other time.

      –    Don’t text your friends when they’re sitting right next to you!  Just have a conversation with them!

      –    Don’t text if you don’t have to.  Have a phone conversation instead.

Have fun and get ahead by having real live conversations with people!

February 2, 2011 Posted by | Education | , , , , | Leave a comment

Next Time You Text, Consider This:

Texting has become a trend . . .  practically everyone loves to text on their cell phones. It’s now a common form of communication. But the question is, what’s the limit? How do you know if you’ve gone overboard with texting? Simple, if you spend any more than a few minutes at a time texting on your phone, that’s way too much.

Texting can be great if you have a quick message to pass along – that’s what it was designed for.  It was not intended to replace speaking with your voice. Wouldn’t you rather see the person you’re talking to or at least hear their voice if you can’t be together…rather than pressing a bunch of key on a tiny keypad? When you think about it, texting wastes a lot of time!  It’s much quicker to speak what’s on your mind instead of  typing it out. Besides being a time-waster, another very big problem with this impersonal form of communication is that often, your text messages can and will be interpreted the wrong way by the person receiving the text. This is because neither one of you can notice crucial details like a person’s tone of voice or facial expressions. Many misunderstandings, unnecessary arguments, and delayed solutions to problems have all occurred due to this inferior form of communication.  There is a time and a place for texting, just understand when that is so you don’t create problems for yourself or others. 

Here’s something else to consider… it’s called “text talk.” That refers to those little abbreviations that you use when texting, like “ttyl”(talk to you later), “lol”(laugh out loud), and “u”(you). If you get so accustomed to writing this way through texting, you might just find yourself slipping up on a test or writing assignment in school, consequently losing points.  Bottom line, next time you pick up the phone, instead of texting a greeting to your best friend, call them! That’s what phones are for! Talking in person is definitely the way to go.

January 30, 2011 Posted by | Education | , , , , | Leave a comment

Paper or Plastic?

You probably already know the answer . . . it’s neither!  What am I talking about?  The check out line at the grocery store.  Some stores ask you if you want your groceries in paper or plastic bags.  Here’s the problem w/ that – either choice presents an environmental issue.  Paper is made of trees and the more paper bags being used, the more trees have to get cut down.  Our planet needs trees in order to be healthy.  There is already a problem w/ too little trees on our earth because of people cutting them down for things like paper and building materials. 

Plastic is a problem because it does not break down very well, therefore pollutes our earth if not properly re-cycled. 

The best alternative is to purchase a few reusable bags and bring them with you every time you shop.  They are made from recycled material, are real sturdy, and last a very long time.  You can find these in most stores for only a dollar or two.  Even department stores carry these to encourage their use.  The next time you go to the grocery store or a department store where you’re buying a lot of items – or someone else is, notice how many bags the cashier uses to pack people’s stuff!  What a waste!  So remember to re-use & recycle –  you’ll be helping our planet and everyone on it!

January 21, 2011 Posted by | Education | , , , , | Leave a comment

Do Something Great for Yourself!

The year’s almost over, and it’s time to think about your new resolution for 2011.
So what is a resolution?  It’s a solution to a problem or a solution to acquiring something you want, and the decision (resolve) to carry out the solution.  Simply put, it’s setting yourself up for success, and not only that, but taking consistent action to accomplish your goal.

So why are so many people into New Year’s Resolutions?  Well, think about it, New Years Day is the start of a brand new year.  With that fresh start, many people like to start on a new path to a better life in some way.  It could be better grades in school, which would mean making an improved study plan, it could be getting great at a sport or physical activity which would mean getting involved in a program, team, practice schedule or lessons in the sport you’re interested in.  For some it may mean getting in better physical shape which would include an exercise routine or some sort of regular physical activity and good eating habits.

Take advantage of this time of year to set some good goals for yourself.  Write out your goals and write out a plan of action – you know – steps that you will take so you can actually reach your goal.  Make a time-line.  I suggest getting a calendar and writing the steps you’ll take each day in it.  Then check the calendar daily and actually do what you set out to until your goal is achieved.  When you’ve reached your goal, set a new and exciting goal using the same process, so you’re constantly learning, growing, and improving. 

And have fun with this!  Give yourself rewards and incentives when you reach a certain level of succes.  This will help to keep you going.

December 29, 2010 Posted by | Education | , , , , | Leave a comment

Obstacles – What to do Now!

We come across obstacles throughout life… but the important thing is to never let these obstacles get in your way. Don’t let problems bring you down.  Instead, figure out a way to solve them.  When putting some effort toward problem solving, you often fix your situation and make the problem go away.  Then everything starts working smoothly again!

Let me give an example: you wake up and get ready to go to school, but when you finally reach your first class of the day… you realize that you don’t have your homework ! You forgot your lunch at home, and your teacher tells you that you have a pop-quiz… too bad you weren’t paying attention all week. Oh yeah, AND… you’re in the wrong class! WOW!!! You must be having one heck of a day! Needless to say, you seemed to have run into a whole lot of obstacles all at once. But let’s break this down and think about it… You’re in the wrong classroom so immediately fix that by getting to the right one. Consequently, since that wasn’t your teacher, you really don’t have a pop-quiz! And if you forgot your lunch, call home and see if someone can bring it to school, or borrow some money from a friend to buy lunch. So we’ve solved all of the problems but one… the homework you don’t have. Well, you can always check your backpack or locker and see if you left it somewhere. But if you forgot to do it, don’t worry about it. Ask your teacher if it’s alright to take an extra day to work on it. Normally a teacher should allow that, even if it means getting a little less credit for doing your homework. See! That wasn’t so bad after you really focus on solving the problem and evading the obstacle. It just takes a positive attitude, simple as that!

So, the bottom line is:  don’t worry and whine about things expecting someone else to figure stuff out for you.  Also don’t accept the problem without trying to correct it.  There’s so much to gain when you work on making things right!

Stay tuned for the next blog post where I’ll dig a little deeper into obstacles.

December 17, 2010 Posted by | Education, Success | Leave a comment

The Season of Giving

It’s that time of year again . . . when families and friends express their feelings to each other through the giving and receiving of gifts. Sometimes, however, people can be fixated so much on the commercialism, that they forget what this season is all about. It shouldn’t be so much about receiving gifts… although this is a nice part of the holiday. Rather it’s actually more about giving to others.  It’s wonderful to give to those we love and care about which shows our appreciation to them. However it should also be about giving, in some way, to those less fortunate. That could be through kind deeds like helping prepare food baskets for the needy, helping to organize clothing in your community clothes closet, or donating your time, food, un-needed clothes,  toys and other things to those who could use them. There will always be something to give to someone else.  And when you give in a kind and thoughtful way, you will receive so much more in return.

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Education | , , , , , | Leave a comment