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!
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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