How many times in one day have you thought about what other people think of you? If you are like me, your answer would be “too many times.” Honestly, who cares what others think? You are your own person and nobody’s thoughts should affect your life. I agree, it does take a lot of courage to be who you are without a care in the world. We are all too often afraid of being judged, and no matter what, someone is going to judge you. Whatever you choose to do, there is someone in the world who will not agree with your decisions or actions, and that is okay! As a person, we must accept the fact that people judge. It is almost like human nature to instantly categorize others. Realizing this, we need to go above and beyond. We need to take a deep breath and remember who we are as individuals. Close your eyes and imagine what you are passionate about. Are you really willing to change something about yourself? Are you willing to change who you are due to ONE person who doesn’t like what you are doing? If you answered yes, you will be changing a ton because, like I said, there will always be someone who has something bad to say. You are who you are for a REASON. You are unique in your own way, just like everyone else. That is what makes the world so great. So instead of being afraid of what someone might think of you if you do this or that, do it with pride because it is honestly something to be proud of. Be confident in your actions and the way you live your life; everyone lives it differently.
Amusement parks are heaven, in my opinion. However, you have to be a fan of that adrenaline rush you receive after racing down the tracks at crazy speeds. There are several types of roller coasters, but mostly all give you that rush of energy. You have your top thrillers, the ones that go really fast and fling you upside down, bringing you around multiple loops, they look really crazy. The Thunderhawk at Michigan’s Adventure fits this perfectly. If this doesn't sound appealing to you, maybe the old wooden roller coasters are more your style. They still travel pretty fast, but these kind don’t take you upside down. Normally, these ones follow a track in a car and are pretty generic, but still fun! At Michigan's Adventure, Shivering Timbers is the best example. If you are looking for something a little less insane, there are things like the Flying Trapeze which are flying swings, or the Bumper Boats. There are always calmer rides for the kids and many other little attractions. Amusement parks are amazing and always make such great memories. Also, most parks are like Michigan’s Adventure and have a water park as well. As for the water fun, it is endless, especially on a hot day! You have everything from the huge drops like in the Funnel of Fear and other huge water slides to the Lazy River and the Wave Pool. They also have a few joy rides like the Grand Rapids, where you just follow a “river” in a big like-bumper boat. Amusement parks will most likely have lots of little kid things to do in their water parks as well, like mini pools and slides.
Amusement parks are such a great experience and even if you’re against heights or afraid of going upside down, there is lots of other enjoyment for you. They cater to all kinds, and are perfect for a hot summer day.
First jobs can be difficult. They are slightly hard to acquire because you have little to no experience, and they are hard to stick with. Everything from washing dishes to planting flowers to serving food, whatever your job may be, it is going to be difficult. Even though you are getting paid, which is always nice, you are probably going to want to be going to the beach with your friends or sleeping, you’re not going to want to be at work. I guess that is how it always is with jobs, but more so for the first ones because you're not used to committing to something that demanding. When you’re young, there are a lot more things you would rather be doing, which can make your job very hard to stick with. Just remember, you are working for a reason. You need the money to buy a car or for gas, or even for something else. Either way, it will all be worth it in the end, and you just have to keep reminding yourself of that.
On another note, first jobs can also be difficult from a social standpoint. Most of us are not very experienced with talking to others while working for a business, which can be hard. You always have to be super nice to customers, no doubt, and sometimes, it can get tricky. But once again, you just have to remember that the customer is always right and at the end of the day, you will still get paid, unless you were mean.
All in all, hard work pays off, literally. If you work hard at your jobs and try to be as positive as possible, the best will come out of it. You will get paid and it will be worth it.
Time flies, even when you’re not having fun. Our days are jam packed to the max with things to do, with everything from working and socializing to sleeping and eating, all of it takes time. We are thrown into this whirlwind of time, along with all the little things we must/want to do. Everything adds up, and soon, the day is over!
It is crazy to think that I have already lived over sixteen full years, even though I have many more to come, (I hope). My days go faster and faster as years go by, even if it is a simple “at home” day with my family. As we get older, we will get jobs, create families, and have less time for the ones in our lives. Many think that the friends that you have now in school, you will not stay friends with as you grow up and grow apart. Whether that is true or not, I still believe that the ones you want to keep in your life, you can, no matter how fast our days go by. I also believe that it is important to cherish your friends and live in the moment, because this joyful age will not last forever. Before we know it, we will be in college or pursuing our own careers. You will most likely look back and miss these times of freedom and flexibility to do as you wish, for the most part. As we get older, we gain more responsibility and time passes even faster. I hope you all can see this as well and begin to enjoy your life. You will only be this young for so long.
Time passes too quickly; appreciate the moment you’re in, for you will never get that moment back.
To add onto a previous article of mine discussing how social media is portrayed, I will show my view on the evolution of it. I have heard that it all started with MySpace. From there, I believe, the next best thing was Facebook. On there, you can become “friends” with people you know, and all of your friends’ posts will show up on your newsfeed. The purpose of Facebook was to connect friends and family from across the globe, to keep in touch with the lives of those who live many miles away. Now, there is Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, which are the top 3 social media platforms. Instagram is like Facebook, but instead of becoming friends, you can choose who to “follow” and who “follows” you. With posts, you post pictures and caption them, and that becomes the basis of your profile; pictures. As for twitter, same goes for following who you wish. Your posts are called tweets, and have to be 140 characters or less. Your profile consists of all the tweets you have created as well as any tweets you have retweeted. Finally, Snapchat. Snapchat is more of a one-to-one messaging social media, but you can also post to your “story,” which your friends can view.
As for all of these different social media platforms, it goes to show how much our society is changing our interactions with one another. Not that online interaction is bad, especially when you're sharing with friends you don’t see that often. Enjoy the evolution!
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One major topic that brings controversy is the never ending battle between cats and dogs and the pending question: which is better?
Let's start with cats. They can be very cuddly and cute, even when they’ve grown up from their kitten stages. They are very self-sufficient, especially outdoor cats. However, what do you do with a cat besides cuddle it? All my cat does is sleep, but that is not a bad thing either. Dogs, on the other hand, can be wild. When puppies, they are mostly always filled with lots of energy. Also, with dogs, you can train them to control themselves, whereas cats, well, I have never seen or heard of a trained cat. Dogs are more of a companion. They can be taught to walk with you, you can bring them places, play with them, and work with them to be better dogs. Even though they are a lot more work, dogs are extremely worth it, no doubt. And at the end of the day, you can cuddle with your puppy too! Cats aren’t the only cuddlers.
Between cats and dogs, people are almost always expected to choose. Yet, I have both a cat and a dog. They don’t get along at all, but I still love them both. Cats and dogs seem to be opposites, but they have a lot in common too. They are great for company, both can sense when you are down. They can also both be your best friend, and that is what is great about having a cat or a dog, or both. Whether you are a cat or dog person, either could be your best friend.
The process to receiving your driver's license is way too complicated. I am working through the steps to become a licensed driver at the moment, and I thought I’d break down the information for you all.
First, you sign up to take Segment 1 of Drivers Training. This is a 3 week class where you learn about the basics of driving, physically drive 6 different times with your driving instructor, and observe a driver for 4 hours. To be eligible to take this class, you need to be at least 14 years and 8 months old. If you pass the written exam at the end of the class, you receive your Certificate of Completion for Segment 1. With that, you go to the Secretary of State office to get your level 1 license, also known as your learner’s permit. You will need to bring proof of identification: social security number, birth certificate, and Michigan residency. On your level 1 license, you may only drive with a parent or designated licensed adult that is 21 or older. With this license, you do not have a time restriction because you will always be with your parent or an adult. When driving on your permit, you will need to log your driving hours, the miles driven, and the date on which you drove.
The next step is to take Segment 2 of Drivers Training. This is a 3 day course to learn statistics to prepare you for the State Test, which you will take in class on the last day. To be eligible to take this class, you need to have 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice, 2 of those hours need to be during the night. You also need to have held your level 1 license for 3 consecutive months before taking this course. To class you need to bring a photocopy of your permit and your driving log. If you pass the exam at the end, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for Segment 2. However, to take the next step, you need to have driven 50 hours total, 10 of them being night driving. Once you have achieved that, you will set up your road test. You need to have your level 1 license for a minimum of 6 months and 50+ hours of driving.
Next, you take your road test. The big day you’ve all been waiting for!!! For your road test, you will need to have: the car you’ve been practicing with, a parent or legal guardian, your level 1 license, your Certificate of Completion for Segment 2, proof of valid insurance, current vehicle registration, and have a valid license plate for the vehicle. If you pass, you will receive a certificate for passing which you can bring to the Secretary of State to get your level 2 license. Your level 2 license has certain restrictions, but you are allowed to drive on your own for the first time!
After you have your level 2 license for a year, you will receive your level 3 license in the mail, if you are accident and point free. Your level 3 license is your final license and concludes the Graduated Licensing System!
Nature is a beautiful thing. If you just sit and listen to all the different birds chirping and watch the wind blow the leaves on the trees, it is beyond peaceful. There is something about the sun and the breeze, it’s magic. Imagine all the different types of creatures that live in the world, everything from ants and turtles to turkeys and fish. The diversity of every animal is crazy to think about, and how they all live somewhere on this earth. In my opinion, nature is the greatest. Just the balance of all the wildlife and the plants, and how humans are just a small part of the beauty of nature. Life is crazy, as is, with all of us living on a floating sphere that rotates around a ball of fire, I believe all created by this magnificent Supreme Being. That in itself is a miracle. Now to imagine inside this blue planet consists of 8.7 million different species… that is pure ludicrous. Yet, we all live day to day as if this is normal, which it seems to be. However, we need to acknowledge that our lives are a big, wonderful phenomenon. Even though we have scientifically proven laws like gravity, our lives are still chaotic, fragile and extremely precious. There are hardly the right words to explain how unbelievable our lives are.
All in all, if you just wander outside, you will start to feel the comfort that nature brings. Appreciate your life and count your blessings, because nature also has the power to take it all away from you at any given moment. Just be thankful and enjoy the nature life brings you.
It is officially the end of school which can only mean one thing: SUMMER!!! It is time to celebrate the sunshine! For me, summer is the greatest part of the year. Everything from pool days to camping weekends to bonfire nights, I live it all! Summer always brings this super positive vibe that just makes teens feel amazing, wouldn't you agree? As for activities, the options become too many to count. You have your big events like amusement parks, baseball games, in-town carnivals, drive-in movies, 4th of July fireworks, etc. But, there are also endless opportunities to make your own fun with your friends. You could go to Lake Michigan and hit the waves! If you go to Grand Haven, there are many new people to meet, volleyball courts, the Pier, and Pronto Pups for a yummy snack. Another great option would be to invite all your friends over for a bonfire, for me, those always seem like the best nights. Maybe lay back in a hammock, and stargaze while you're at it? Another major fun summer thing to do is to go on an adventure. Just walk through some woods and see what you come across! I love nature, so this would be a great day in my opinion. If you're looking for something to do for a whole weekend, go camping! Enjoy the outdoors. You can easily check all these previously mentioned fun things off of your summer bucket list (that is if you are camping in Grand Haven). My point is, the opportunities for summer fun are everywhere; all you need is some sunshine and an adventurous soul.
Good news ladies and gents! School is almost out for the summer!! That means saying goodbye to textbooks, early alarms, and late night homework sessions. Imagine how much weight will be lifted off your shoulders once the last bell rings! You will no longer have to go through the everyday stress of school days, and you will be able to do more for yourself. Once school is out for the summer, it seems as if it is easier to be who you are and do things you love.
However, school isn’t over yet. We only have a couple more days, but for most of us, that means exams. Please try your best to persevere through these last few days and focus on your exams! They’re more important than you think. Exams themselves can determine whether you pass or fail a class. Imagine if you spent no time studying and went into one of your exams having no clue what you are doing. Sooner or later you give up because you’re too tired from partying last night about the upcoming summer. You then fail the exam, fail the class, your parents ground you, and you end up in your room all summer doing nothing.
Sure, that is worst case scenario, and is slightly unlikely. But please, for these last couple of days at least: get good sleep, eat a healthy breakfast each morning to fuel your brain, and study for your exams. You don’t have to over study and stress yourself out, but just be sure you are comfortable with the majority of the material you learned over the course of the year. Don’t let yourself down and undermine what you are capable of accomplishing.
Hi, I'm Emily Brown, the opinions writer here. I attend Cedar Springs High School as a sophomore at age 15. I enjoy writing and softball, as well as music.
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