50 Free: A Reflection on Categorizing

There are good blogs, and there are not-so-good blogs. I strive to create the former. In the past six or so months, I have worked hard on creating a blog that would reach out to other high school students alike and effectively present my thoughts in a clear, entertaining way. To assist me in reaching…

Specificity is Special

For years, it seems as if adults have been telling students and kids to be more specific and concrete. In English and writing classes, the suggestion to add more details is ubiquitous. However, this is for good reason. An essay, Let’s Get Specific by Beth Johnson, depicts how using more detail will aid any piece…

Grades Fade

In this generation, school has become more competitive and more focused on than ever before. This is one of the reasons students have had less time to play and do other activities that teenagers in the past would normally do. Grades are typically the focus of every student, and for good reason, as grades are…

To Play is To Learn

Recently, I watched a TEDx Talk detailing the decline of play  — play as in spending time with peers of the same age, using toys and exploring the world, and being able to express oneself in any given manner. One of the claims the talk made was that play is healthy, as it is natural…

Ani(me) – Continued

Until recently, I was on a break from all things Anime, TV, or likewise. That break would end just two days ago, when I watched, in my opinion, the best animated movie of all time: Your Name (Kimi no Na wa). In short, this anime depicts two star-crossed lovers who learn about each other by…

Zero Class

Recently, my class read an article detailing the recent election and the social classes. What really struck me was the divides and gaps among the social classes in the USA. The issue of income inequality has never been more relevant at this point in time for the country, and this even allowed Trump to take the…

The Journey Has Just Begun

Three years ago, I came to my very first Divisional Council Meeting for Key Club. This is an event in which students from a multitude of schools come to a sole place and do Key Club related things whether it be volunteering, conversing, bonding, etc. There was one person leading this whole thing, and it…

Finding Money in Your Pocket

You know when you occasionally find random money in your pockets? Well, imagine this but in millions. A man was cleaning out his office for the heck of it, and he happened to find an unacclaimed lottery ticket that was eligible for one million dollars. He had purchased this ticket last year and failed to turn…

Seeing is Not Believing

A week ago, my teacher showed my class a picture. In short, he told us to figure out if the picture and the header were real or fake. Shockingly, a large portion of the students in my class thought it was real, despite the picture giving off no telltale signs of the situation being real…

Talent or Lack Thereof?

A few days ago, my makeshift band, WiSi, performed at a talent show. Although this was our 9th or 10th time performing on stage in front of a crowd, our result wasn’t the best.   With no practice coming into this performance, we were not prepared what so ever. However, these were not new songs….

Fervent Beliefs

It is not uncommon for protests nowadays, but with the construction of a new pipeline in North Dakota, Indians have been fighting for their land. Again. Back in the late 1830s, Andrew Jackson ordered Indians to move out to make way for the settlers rapidly moving from the East to the West in the United…

Confide in Confidence

On December 3rd, 2016, I took the December SAT. Oh yes, the infamous SAT. Whether you be for or against standardized testing, some sort of standardized test for college is taken by the majority of high school students and help colleges determine how good the students are when applying. This wasn’t my first rodeo, as…