Advice to younger siblings rehashes lessons learned


I’m a freshman. That comes with a bit of stress. Some upperclassmen would say I won’t know what stress is until I have this teacher or that class or those grades. But this is what I know now. I came into high school unprepared, and uncertain. I want to eliminate some of that uncertainty for my three younger siblings. I have two little sisters named Katherine and Colleen, whom I think are the most adorable girls on the planet. They enjoy writing notes on my mirror when I’m not at home and eating cake. I have one brother named Jonathan […]

May 20, 2015

GPA inaccurately measures knowledge


Throughout our high school careers we are defined by our grades, class rank, and GPA. Three numbers that that are constantly changing, is it fair to measure someone’s intelligence and capability based on these three things? As I listen to my peers, the question to ask seems to be, “what’s your GPA?” Just because person one’s GPA is lower than the person two’s does not mean that they are any less smart. The reason I believe grades and GPA are an inaccurate way to decide someone’s intelligence and abilities is because of the different ways people obtain information as well […]

Musical taste clashes with popular culture


On the night of August 15, 1998, my mom found that it was particularly hard to fit her favorite Queensrÿche T-shirt over her seven-month pregnant stomach. It was heavy-metal-date-night, and I was along for the ride. My dad’s ten-year obsession with the band fired up again when they went on an unannounced tour to Texas. Eating the festival hotdog she’d been craving and dancing in the mosh pit with me in her stomach, my mom introduced me to the music scene. Growing up five minutes away from Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, most of my Friday nights were spent sitting on […]

Teenage relationships merit respect


I always get overwhelmingly annoyed when I am in a situation where adults try to minimize my emotions or struggles because I am a teenager. Sure, I’m young. Sure, these problems probably won’t even be relevant to my life in a year, let alone into adulthood, but that does not mean my tribulations can be brushed off with a smile and semi-sympathetic pat on the back. The relationships we as high schoolers form now are exceedingly important to the development of ourselves for the future. The friendships I have made and detached myself from within the past five years have […]

February 18, 2015

Printed books hold value over electronic versions


About two years ago, I bought a Kindle. Like most people, I thought it could save me some time, money and space. So, why is it gathering dust in a corner of my room right now? Ereaders certainly have their advantages. They’re light, portable, and can store more than one book at a time, for a lower price than paper books. What if I told you that the disadvantages of reading from a screen outnumbered the advantages? People, and even books themselves, talk about a time when the bound story will be dead. Logically, it makes sense. In a time […]

Individuals need originality for happiness


When thinking of originality, I thought back to a specific poster in elementary with a school of blue fish going one way with one bright red fish going the other way that said “be unique.” Elementary schools seem to encourage individuality, but recently I have felt that everyone around me seems to be on a fast-paced track to the same place. Do well in high school, go to college, get married, have kids and die. That is what is expected, at least for me, to be considered “successful” in my life. With no room for originality, we are expected to […]

Two jobs create organizational challenges


Recently, after I started working for a local store in the mall, my job consumed most of my time, causing me to wonder if minimum wage is worth it. What also complicates my situation is that I have a second job working for a private employer as her personal assistant (I basically do random chores for her). I still have a hard time finding a balance between my two jobs. The dynamic between them is completely different. Having to transition from either job, sometimes in the same day, is very difficult for me because I follow the instructions of my […]

Childhood abandonment damages sense of security


December 30, 2002, was the most important day of my life. That was the day I was adopted by the Jones family. I was two years old and leaving my grandparents whom I had been living with during the adoption process and it was hard to transition into what the rest of the world considered normal. The memories I have from that time have become jumbled and confusing. I do not know what a 100% is true or what my mind has made up over the years. My adopted family only knows so much, and I only see my real […]

Realization of anxiety leads to self discovery, change


When I was little, I loved the rain. I found pleasure in the cold water splashing my face, and the sound that resonated as it hit the ground around me. In the rain, I felt at peace. My problems didn’t feel as big because the rain connected me to something more powerful. I used to talk to the rain. I would sit outside for hours telling stories and working things out. As I grew up, that feeling that I always had in the rain, that feeling of serenity, that feeling that’s not supposed to go away, went away. I no […]

Pledge of allegiance


There was a time when the pledge of allegiance sent chills down our backs, but now it’s mostly being brushed off or mocked. In an age where government rollback is on the minds of most Americans, the youth in our public school system either unintentionally disrespect the pledge or openly refuse to recite it. With no religion being the biggest growing demographic of all religions, the “one nation, under god” phrase of the pledge may leave many unsure about such a commitment. I, myself, rarely gave much thought to the phrase. When I said it, it wasn’t out of religion […]

January 26, 2015