How many of you like a certain character from a TV show, movie, or book series? How about a celebrity? Well, that means you have a fandom! A fandom is a group of fans that have an addiction or love for a fictional character, a sport’s team, or even a real person. You could have a fandom for anything from Harry Potter, to Zac Efron, to the Michigan State football team. Tomorrow, Saturday the 25th, The Teen Tribune is pairing up with the Cedar Springs Public Library to host the February Fandom Party from 2-3:30pm. Come dressed as your favorite character or represent a series, and even prepare your own form of fandom art! You can do this through acting, writing, drawing, painting, etc. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creativity! The best part is, you might even get paid for your masterpiece. The winning representation of their fandom will receive $20! Even if you don’t win the money, you can still enjoy free snacks, drinks, and great company! You will then travel together around the church gym with other teens on a fandom scavenger hunt. There will be much fandomonium and fun to be had! Groups of fandoms will be formed and battle it out for awesome prizes like free pizza and free movie rentals courtesy of Hungry Howie’s and Family Video of Cedar Springs. Not to mention the random fandom paraphernalia awards for best costumes as well. This will all be taking place at United Methodist Church, located at 140 South Main Street. In my opinion, it will be such an incredible experience to interact with new people, especially with shared interest for fandoms! I encourage you to put yourself out there. You never know who you could meet!
In my opinion, people should not dread it if they do not have someone to exchange lovey, dovey gifts with on Valentine's Day. Instead, they should focus on the things they do have. Make the best of it, and spread the love. If you do not have a significant other, I am most certain that there is someone else on this earth that you can simply compliment and make their day. Everyone deserves to feel the amazing warmth of love on Valentine’s Day. In fact, it is sad to think about all the people who become more lonely on this specific day. Maybe they wouldn’t feel so down if they received love, unexpectedly! So, I am challenging every one of you to spread the love. Compliment someone, offer help, or even just let someone know how well they deserve to be treated. I know life can be tough at this age, but all of us are in the same situation, and there is no sense in being mean to one another. Let’s stick together.
Ask yourself this, what if everyone felt the love they deserved, every day of the year? Well, you might think that's impossible, but I do not. If you work to make just one person’s day, every day, and a different person each day, imagine how many lives you could have impacted just in a month or two. Times twelve. That is 365 lives that you could have changed for the better, just by a simple act of kindness.
School dances are a lot of fun, but they aren’t for everyone. Some people don't like to dress up, some people don't like to dance, and some people just don't like going out in public. This makes me feel sad for them and how many high school memories they are missing out on! However, most of these characteristics are of the male persuasion. Guys seem to not care as much for “high school memories.” As for girls, we seem to enjoy the dances a lot more than the guys, and I definitely fall into this stereotype.
I am a girl who is all for every part of school dances. I love to get ready with my girlfriends all day, take lots of pictures, go out to a special dinner, and most of all, dance. To me, I really love slow dancing with my date or pumping it up with my best friends. Although, I enjoy the preparation, pictures, and pasta more than the dance itself. It is something about the adrenaline and excitement before the dance, it always seems to be more fun for me.
On the other hand, there are the guys who are dragged along for the ride. Even if they decide to go to make their girl happy, I have only met a select few guys who actually love the dances. There is most likely other girls who don't enjoy the dance as well, but then again, these few students are in the minority, in my view. I always have such an amazing time at high school dances, they are such a big part of my high school memories, and I hope you all have the opportunity to experience them too.
Winter is my least favorite season, by far. I enjoy sledding and snow days, but I cannot stand the cold. Not to mention, the lack of sunshine is ludicrous! This past week, Grand Rapids has had absolutely no sunshine at all. For 7 consecutive days, we received 0% sunshine, making us the cloudiest place in the world! This also ties for the cloudiest week ever in Grand Rapids, only occurring one other time in January of 2011. To bring in more numbers, we have had 37 out of 59 days with no sunshine. That is approximately 63%! As for the days we do see the sun, there have only been 4 days that we have reached 50% sunshine. This is an outrage! Sun has an immediate effect on our bodies, especially our mental health. Have you been feeling down lately? More down than the usual winter blues? I believe that this cruel, cold, and critical winter has a direct effect on such depressive thoughts. People stuck in an endless loop of dreary weather are often more prone to being sad. It is harder to keep pushing through your days when there is no sun to encourage you. What do you think of when you imagine yourself happy? I bet one of the first things that comes to mind is warmth. Well, in the gruesome wind chills of Grand Rapids, or even Michigan in general, it becomes very difficult to pursue your happy life if you simply cannot get warm! And guess what one of the main factors of being warm is?? Sunshine!
As we have grown older, most of us have become way more fond of sleep. However, it’s quite hard to accomplish getting to bed at a decent time, to where you would have at least a good 8 hours of sleep. We all feel the effects of exhaustion from baggy eyes to falling asleep in class. In my opinion, we need more sleep each night, especially with our rushed lives. Sleep is the one thing that lets our body completely rest and escape all the chaos. There are so many beneficial things occurring in your body as you sleep, such as muscle repair, growth, memory consolidation, detoxification, and regulating hormones. I think sleep is so underrated! But yet, I still find myself staying up on my phone, when I should be getting a good night’s rest… and it is said that the blue light emitted from your phone, tablet, or even television can negatively affect your sleep. When put simply, blue light tells your brain that it isn’t time to sleep. This causes your body to take longer to shut down and fall asleep. Symptoms may even carry into the next day with fatigue, drowsiness, and limited awareness/alertness. All in all, as society plays out, we are becoming more prone to procrastination. For high school students, this results in late nights doing homework, or simply avoiding hitting the hay altogether. Sleep has dropped on the majority of teens’ priority lists. You may think you enjoy sleep, or at least are good at telling yourself when it’s time to rest. However, if you had the option to do something you loved instead of sleep, which would you choose?
There is one thing most of us high school students can agree on, and that is the unnecessary stress of exam week. It’s beyond hard on a normal week of high school to get good grades, 8+ hours of sleep each night, AND have a social life. Lots of us have to do chores too, and then you throw in things like sports, band, clubs, etc., on top of that and it’s chaos. The high school life is inevitably stressful, so why must we take exams too??? I understand they want to test us upon everything we learned throughout the semester, but that’s why we have quizzes and tests! I would rather take a lot of mini tests than one huge exam, that way it can be broken up. Connecting back to my article on education, I don’t think teachers understand how difficult it is to remember all the material we’ve ever went over in that class, as well as 5 other classes. And what if we aren’t very good test takers? For me, it takes a long time just to finish normal unit tests. I know most will say, “Well, what are you going to do when you take the SAT?” Honestly, I believe we shouldn’t have to take those, either. With the major tests, we have to be finished by a certain time, and that pressure is what kills me. We should be graded on what we’re able to accomplish and comprehend, not how much we can get done or how quickly we can understand, in a period of time. All of us might know the material really well, but for some people, it takes longer to process it than others. Everyone is different! Exams and SATs should be graded on quality, not quantity. Until then, I am completely against them.
We may be too dependent on technology, but it definitely has its advantages. There was a recent advancement in the physical therapy field that will change lives. It is a wired device that connects to your hand and is able to read your body’s motions. It doesn’t replace the physical therapist, but it certainly helps to improve your advancement with the use of numbers, instead of qualitative phrases like, “you’re doing better,” or “you’ve hit a downfall.” You can also attack your injury in the peace of your own home instead of having to go to a physical therapist’s office! The machine costs $99 a month to rent, but physical therapy bills could very well exceed that, and quite fast. Additionally, it boosts the confidence of patients that are unable to complete simple everyday tasks. Something as easy as squeezing a lemon could be very challenging to do physically, but users can now progress virtually and even see their improvement as they go! The sensors of the wired hand can read how much you are clenching to squeeze the lemon, and rate you on how well you did. The use of virtual physical therapy in general has become more popular with this generation of techno-geniuses. It supports a higher rate of effectiveness and hope within the patient, due to the very encouraging results. The environment of the virtual world enables the patients’ muscle memory to bring back what they had learned before their injury or surgery. This allows the user to advance more quickly and effectively. With improvements at such high rates, the virtual physical therapy world continues to spring into popularity, leaving patients highly satisfied!
New Year's resolutions are quite effective… for the first few weeks of the new year anyway. I am not a fan of these resolutions for many reasons. One, most people will soon begin coming up with excuses as to why they are avoiding their resolutions, and eventually stop them altogether. For example, gyms will fill up dramatically due to resolutions of working out more or losing weight, but it never lasts very long. About 2 months down the road, gyms become just as empty as they were before the new year. My point is, most people don’t follow through with their resolutions, so there is no purpose for them. If you have the intention to make a change in your life, you should stick to it! It may be extremely difficult to fit it into your busy schedule, but if you really want it, you should make that effort! Additionally, New Year's resolutions are giving people an excuse to prolong the transformation of their lives. You should not have to wait for the New Year’s Eve countdown to better yourself. If you see something in your life that you want to change, don’t wait for the excuse of a new year to put that effort in. Make it happen now. If you clearly see a chance for improvement in your life, take that opportunity the moment you see it! You never know how long that window of possibility will remain open. Even though it is better late than never, the best decision is to take the big opportunity right away. Don’t wait for the new year to make a change in your life!
Technology is ruling the world! It controls us, especially our generation. We rely on it so much, we would be lost without it. Most of us always have a phone in hand, or at least on us. When going out with people we should enjoy the company of those around us, not be sucked into our phones. I have seen parents give their children phones just so they don’t have to pay attention to the children. It is a sad reality we live in. I’m not saying all technology is a bad thing; I just think we need to be less dependent on it. Younger kids of our generation might never learn how to communicate with others properly, and express what they’re thinking or how they feel. Instead, they will resort to their phones to text their friends, avoiding yet another face to face conversation. This could also cause issues in the future when applying for jobs or giving presentations. This generation definitely does not have the speaking skills that past generations have had, and most believe it is due to technology. My opinion is similar; people from our generation will struggle to be comfortable in a crowd, and might be unable to stand in front of one at all. The majority of people are too used to relying on their phones for everything from auto-correct to social media. We are so caught up in the newest version of technology, we miss the important things surrounding us. Most people today experience things through a camera lens rather than their own eyes, therefore overlooking the little things. In the end, the littlest things matter the most, a smile or a gentle touch. Technology is preventing us from appreciating our world’s little things like we should.
We received about 6 inches of snow this Sunday; our first official snowfall of the year. When my boyfriend and I had been driving to my house around 9pm, the snow was still falling, so the city had not plowed any roads. My house is only a mile from his, but we averaged a good 30 miles per hour. Not to mention, his truck doesn't have 4 wheel drive at the moment, so we were extra terrified. We witnessed much fishtailing, and a car that could not make it up a hill after an intersection. The experience was very frightening, but in an exciting way!
To add to the scare of the first snowfall, the amount of residents who lost power was outrageous. My boyfriend's neighborhood and many others had lost power Sunday evening. Before the power completely shut off, it flickered on and off like strobe lights for approximately 10 seconds. It seemed to be an act of Krampus, the evil Santa!! As for Monday, I thought for sure that we would have a snow day, but we all ended up attending school... but only for 3 hours. I was in the middle of an assignment when the power went out for the majority of Cedar Springs. It was like a message from the god's that we were supposed to have a snow day, and this was karma! Of course most people enjoy snow days, but I also like the adrenaline I receive from snow storms and power outages. There's something about the dark chaos in the crowded high school and the slippery nighttime driving that excites me.
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