Compelling, creative classics reflect current culture

A man who was wrongfully imprisoned escapes, seeking revenge and finding redemption. A woman discovers a horrible secret about her would-be lover. A boy struggles with a gang of thieves on his journey to discover his identity. 

Reject bland boring chips, embrace ‘Fun’yuns

Savory, spicy, satisfying crunch, and the perfect amount of saltiness. All these qualities are what make a perfect chip and, fortunately, there’s a chip that meets all of these standards.

Horror films omit sensory information to captivate audiences

Horror films aim to scare audiences through the use of sensory information. Creators also influence audiences through the deprivation of senses. 

Giddy for Ghibli: Studio creates superior visuals, storytelling

There’s a studio that’s made multiple academy-award-winning movies with phenomenal visuals, characters, and storytelling. And yet people look at them not like the brilliant masterpieces they are, but as silly baby movies to put on for their kids, all because they fall under the category of animation. Well, I’ve had enough. Genius can only go […]

Lack luster stores leave mall shoppers livid

People of Bryan/College Station, let’s face it our mall sucks. We’re all thinking it, we all know it. The mall has been regressing for a while now. All the stores we once loved have fled the mall and their replacements are junky off-brand stores no one has ever heard of. 

A cut above: Cosmetology students excel in rigorous course

Cosmetology may seem like an easy class to take in high school because many students believe we just do hair and makeup all day in class. While part of that is true, it is a lot more complex than that and takes a lot of time and dedication.
Cosmetology students have to learn how to do hair, nails, and many other things. They have to learn all about the hair and the face, including knowing how all the face muscles’ functions’ and names.
During the first week of school, students learn about the safety precautions that need to be taken in salons. They have to learn what to do if a client is bleeding or what to do if the stylist accidentally cuts themself while cutting hair. Students also have to learn how to make a registered EPA, which is used to disinfect the work station before and after a client.
Cosmetology students learn about all the different angles to turn the head when cutting and at which angle to hold the hair. The way a stylist holds the hair creates a certain haircut. If the hair is held at a zero degree angle, it would be a blunt cut, but if it is held at 180 degrees, it creates shorter layers in the hair. If the hair is not held at the right angle, the haircut will be wrong. The angle of the hair is the one of the most important factors for haircutting.
There is also a certain way to hold the shears when cutting hair, and only a certain amount of hair can be cut at a time.
There are also safety precautions in place when using sharp utensils like not cutting past the second knuckle because if a stylist does, they can cut themself. I learned that the hard way and cut myself while cutting a mannequin’s hair.
When students learn how to do a chemical service on hair they use a mock solution instead of going right in and trying it on the mannequins. Classes go into detail about how much hair to take and how much dye should be applied onto the hair. It also depends on if the client is getting a touch up or not.

Students also learn how to do perms and which perms to use on a client based on their hair type. They also learn how to correctly apply the solution and the rollers to create the perfect style.
Before we began doing perms, we were told that it was not going to smell good, but I was not expecting it to smell as bad as it did.
On certain days cosmetology students are allowed to invite people to come in and perform services on them. They can invite friends to come in and have their hair done to allow cosmetology students to practice.
Sometimes I get nervous when I perform services for people because it is an actual person and not a mannequin. However, it gives me the chance to practice how I would perform that service for another person and the changes I could make.
Cosmetology has taught me so much over the past 3 years. I am glad I took this class because it has prepared me for the future. It has been my favorite class and I look forward to learning something new everyday as I prepare for my future career.

Oppressed by Taliban: One step forward, 20 years back

The unalienable rights, Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are said to be the rights nobody can take away, and considered the base level of  humanity. 

Fashion, hair, style dominated by 80s influence, outspoken nature

The 80s, an enthralling time of fashion and big hair that ultimately defined a generation while it continues to influence current and future generations. Pop culture, specifically music, heavily influenced the fashion culture of that time period with idols like Madonna, Bon Jovi, and Cyndi Lauper who made everything larger than life.

Disappointment over Super Bowl outcome

Super Bowl 2021 was trash. There’s no “nice way” to put it. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went head-to-head against the Kansas City Chiefs for the Super Bowl Cup. While others may not have hated it as I had, there’s absolutely no way it was the best football game in the world.

Women’s health should be an open discussion, not an issue of embarrassment, shame

Birth control can be seen as a good and a bad thing for women, as they have a variety of positive and negative side effects and stigmas that come along with them.

Role of parents important to child’s development

My parents are two of the most important people in my life. They have always been there for me. They’re not perfect, but they try to make the right decisions, and whenever they do make a mistake, they do their best to correct it.

Weather impacts feelings of depression

Some people look forward to cloudy and rainy days, they feel they offer fun and excitement, and give them the opportunity to play in the rain, splash around in puddles, or just stay in and watch movies. Unfortunately for me, the gloomy weather has a negative effect on my mood and makes me sulk in a melancholy mood, waiting for the sun to come out again.

Anime enters mainstream after spending years on the fringe of culture

Anime has begun to gain popularity, and for good reasons. People are starting to recognize the interesting characters and amazing storylines. I haven’t seen many because I only watched my first anime this summer. So far, I like what I’ve seen.

Every piece fell into place: Resurgence of chess fueled through online access, media, celebrities

2021 has been an unpredictable year. With the storming of the capitol, the business about the vaccine, Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut actually being good, lots of things happened that not many people expected. One surprise in particular is the popularization and resurgence of a certain game of wits.

Snowpocalypse impacts entire state, safety measures should be taken

Twenty-twenty was largely considered one of the worst years we’ve faced as a country in a long time. Heading into 2021, many people were hoping things would return to normal. However, in Texas, we were met with yet another disaster when a large cold front blew in and devastated the state as a whole.

Just like we like it: Whataburger fills void, completes soul as Texas icon

Whataburger is a Texas icon. It’s a place to go hang out after Friday-night-lights, during road trips, and when you just want to have some good food. Unlike other fast food restaurants, Whataburger serves quality food for a price that is a bit higher than most fast food places.

Underappreciated: Teenagers should value mothers more

Trying to find your place in high school is difficult, especially when you’re trying to “fit in.” Once students enter high school, no matter what clique they fall into, it is frequently an accepted fact that your mom is no longer cool. If a kid would rather stay at home and spend quality time with their mom it’s considered lame. In reality most moms put so much effort into making sure their children are happy, but that goes unnoticed within most families until much later in life. We all need to find a way to see how much our moms really do for us and show them a little appreciation every now and then.

How to write right: Developing characters creates memorable stories

I will admit, I’m no god when it comes to writing. I often have trouble starting or continuing to write projects, as the ideas I get excited about are many and frequent. There are some advantages to thinking of many ideas instead of focusing on a single one, though. Not only is there an audience for shorter stories that don’t take much commitment to read, but any one of those ideas could be fleshed out at any point. The most prominent reason I prefer short stories, though, is that any character I make, for any story, can be reused in a different story without too much effort.

Sunday night football looks different in face of pandemic

With COVID-19 still looming, many sports programs have been forced to change their way of thinking. The NFL decided to adapt strict guidelines to ensure players had lower chances of contracting the virus.

Adventure is waiting: Tasting new foods opens mind to experiences

I know a lot of people that are picky eaters, and I just don’t understand their mindset. How can you be handed a delicious plate of calamari and turn it away? I don’t think anyone can say that they don’t like a food until they’ve tried it. There are foods that I have tried and disliked, but I tried it at least once. More often than not, I really like the food and wish I could have had more.

Swift sweeps audiences off their feet with new album

Taylor Swift lost a fan when she transitioned from country music to lovey-dovey pop songs, but she is winning me back over after listening to one of her songs on her latest album, Folklore. As soon as I heard one line from “Cardigan”, I was totally dragged into listening to the rest of the album and to give Swift a second chance.

Streaming service sales soar: Disney+ appeals to old, new fans, finding its place in the market

With COVID-19 keeping us more confined to our homes than we have been in the past, many of us are looking for something new to watch. The huge library of movies and shows Disney+ offers is a great way for subscribers to pass the time while enjoying classic Disney movies or the hottest new shows on Disney+.

Quarantine Nostalgia: Childhood series gains new followers on Netflix, renews love in old fans

I have gotten a lot out of quarantine- both good and bad- but I think the most surprising thing that I have discovered (or rediscovered, I should say) is my love for the Avatar: The Last Airbender series. With a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it is obvious that just about everyone shares the love that I have for this series, and there are so many reasons why. After being added on Netflix, I flew through the series in about three days.

Former Norseman staff member’s take on COVID-19: Robert Morgan – Class of 2015

My Loneliness Is (Not) Killing Me: Tips on Surviving Quarantine Wake up. Eat breakfast. Watch a home workout video on YouTube. Shower. Watch TV. Eat lunch. Watch the news. Freak out about the news. Scroll through Twitter. Watch Instagram stories. Eat dinner. Facetime friends. Watch TV. Go to bed. Rinse. Repeat. This is our new […]

Former Norseman staff member’s take on COVID-19: Alanis King – Class of 2014

Much of my daily routine hasn’t changed since the coronavirus pandemic began. I work from home aside from a few trips per year to the Business Insider newsroom in New York City, writing and editing stories with my cat in my lap and a robe tied around my waist.  Once the workday ends, not much […]

Former Norseman staff member’s take on COVID-19: John Fuller – Class of 2012

Life in New York is largely unrecognizable. For the first time, the subway is shut down overnight. Pools aren’t opening for the summer. Restaurants are boarded up. People with second homes have left the city. The Mayor has closed off many streets to cars, so that people can get out of their homes and exercise […]

Former Norseman staff member’s take on COVID-19: Emily Nash – Class of 2014

Life for anyone in the social work field is chaotic, but there’s never a dull moment. I’ve been a case manager at Meals on Wheels Central Texas for almost two years. My day to day at Meals on Wheels looks something like this: go into the office in the mornings to do paperwork and return […]

Former Norseman staff member’s take on COVID-19: Andy Ramirez – Class of 2015

Close your eyes and try to imagine the most crowded room you’ve ever been in. What do you see? Perhaps you’re picturing a crowded church on a Sunday morning, or that midnight premiere of your favorite movie franchise reboot. Maybe you’re hearing the crowd roar as your favorite singer takes the stage of a packed […]

A letter to future historians about COVID-19

Dear Future Historian,
If, for some reason, you are searching for evidence of what it was like for the average person during the COVID-19 lockdown and you have stumbled across this article, let me tell you some things that will make your job a little easier.

Letters from the heart: Newspaper staff forms bonds with 18+ program students

The art of writing letters has been replaced by grammatically lacking text messages and snapchat videos. Society uses phones and email to send a message in mere seconds. For the students in the 18+ program, which helps students continue to learn life skills after they graduate from high school through the special education department, experiencing the same social interactions that other students do can sometimes be difficult.

Jungle Jam: Nintendo character spittin’ hot bars

So the word on the street is that some fancy-schmancy song about existential crises in humans and puppets is “God’s greatest creation, praise be, praise be.” This is horrifically wrong.

Don’t poo poo poodles: Dog breed does not match stereotype

I never watched any sort of dog show until this year, so when I turned on the Westminster Dog Show this year, I was a little surprised myself. I caught it at the very end, where the judge decides which dog out of the six category winners is Best in Show. As a poodle owner, I was pleased when a standard poodle was chosen. Of course, all of the other dogs present were wonderful models of their breeds, and I wouldn’t have been upset had one of them won.

Identity crisis: Movie connects to viewers through moving musical number

Everyone has a favorite song. Whether it be rock, classical, or pop, when you ask someone to name their favorite song, they can name at least one.

Music to my ears: Playlists reflect mood, allow for deeper introspection

There are multiple emotions a person can feel while listening to music and each one connects to an individual emotional experience. Although some people have one playlist where they add all their favorite songs, I have eight different playlists depending on my mood. Songs in different emotions deserve to be put in different playlists rather than all of them being put into one to be the most effective.

A way to escape: Books provide whole new world open to imagination

After coming home from a long day, what is the first thing the average person does? Turn on the TV? Watch a movie? Play a video game, maybe? It seems books have been the odd man out for modern entertainment as very few people choose books over visual entertainment in today’s technology-centered environment.

This is quarantMEAN: Don’t let social distancing make you sedentary

While we are all under Quarantine, here’s something for you to read.

Fast food provides value accessibility

Many students find it difficult to eat healthy, not because they don’t want to but because of the exorbitant prices of foods that are good for them.

Up in smoke: Marijuanas medicinal value outweighs societal stigma

There is a social stigma around marijuana, but that stigma is widely inaccurate and has created problems for those who need it to improve their quality of life on a day-to-day basis.

Mint condition: Girl Scout Cookies prove addictive, worth money

January is the best month of the year. I love the crisp cool air, the cute sweater outfits, and it’s National Soup Month, and who doesn’t love that. BUT, there is one thing that tops the air, sweaters, and yes, even soup. Three words: Girl Scout Cookies.

Electoral college embodies collage of America

Ah, 2020, the start of a new decade. The summer Olympics are set for Tokyo this year, and the United States has some strong athletes that the country should unify around. But never fear! The presidential election is here to rip that unity apart and destroy any semblance of camaraderie.

Get back in the box: Tips to help extroverts be more quiet and reserved

To all the extroverts out there, isn’t it hard always being the most outgoing and friendly person in the room? Do you ever sit at parties and think: “Wow, I just wish I wasn’t so good at talking?”

Gameboy bracket: Switch games put to test in tourney

There are over 2000 games on the Nintendo Switch, some better than others. Nintendo has put its best into making sure that only the highest quality of games get into their consumer’s hands. They’ve also flooded the e-shop with really bad, tiny games that cost way too much. So I’m going to look at 8 of their best and slap them into a randomly-generated tournament!

Teens strive to be stereotyped to fit in with social groups

Some of the most popular internet groups and personalities are the VSCO, e-, and soft. The trends became popular on TikTok in early 2019. Each of the groups has a male and female version, so everyone can fit into some of the categories and characteristics of the different groups.

Revolutionary show gets history’s eyes on Broadway

For the past few years, Broadway has swept the world with hit after massive hit. Both young and old fans cheer for modern Broadway successes, such as Hamilton, Come From Away, Heathers, and Hadestown. Even past musicals have gained more attention, like Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, and Little Shop of Horrors. Community and high school theater programs have been popping up nationwide, and showtunes have become classic household names in theater-loving towns and cities.

Sweet dreams: ASMR helps insomniacs find sleep

Are you trying to sleep at night but you can’t because your parents are in the next room arguing over money, or are you an insomniac like me and you just can’t seem to get tired no matter what you do and the NyQuil just isn’t working anymore, then ASMR is for you! Possibly…

No one wants a half-eaten Apple: Androids superior, iPhones lack variation, customization

Even though the whole world seems focused on Apple each September when the new iPhone is unveiled, I think iPhones are over-anticipated, overpriced, and overrated. iPhone users focus too much on familiarity instead of practicality.

Just what the Doc ordered: Google’s word processing platform meets all consumer needs

There are important things to argue about in life like political issues, environmental change, and how expensive stuff is (news flash: it’s really expensive). However, there are also completely trivial things to worry about like whether or not Google Docs is better than Microsoft Word, but boy is it fun to argue about.

Music to my ears: Orchestra enhances learning, skills

Fine art classes allow students to have a creative outlet and foster a love for the arts. There are multiple choices for fine art classes, and they are all very contrasting. Though the classes span everything from visual arts to theatre and choir to band, orchestra is still the superior choice.

When rubber hits road: Converse superior to Vans in side-by-side comparison

Converse or Vans is a question that doesn’t have very much attention but really should . Vans are labeled as a skateboarding shoe as well as Converse, but they are much less than the same. The sudden rise in Vans popularity has taken away from the original purpose of the shoe, making it more of a fashion statement instead of a skating shoe. But what qualifies it as a skating shoe? They have shoe bottoms designed for gripping and are made to last longer than other shoes because they don’t rip as easily. While these are key qualities to look for in a shoe for skating, is it the end all be all?

Dementia impacts more than individual, deteriorates family unit

Take a moment and think about what a penny looks like, easy right? Could you sketch out the front, or maybe the back? As simple as it seems, the vast majority of people can’t remember the details of this basic American currency.

Remembering forgotten realms: Dungeons and Dragons rolls into mainstream culture

Five figures stand in unison. A human wizard, a dwarf cleric, an elf ranger, a halfling rogue, and a tiefling bard. Towering over them is the terrifying prince of chaos and ruler of demonkind; Demogorgon. All brimming with confidence as they charge against each other. Only the jowls of luck can end the conflict of good and evil.

Misuse, overconsumption of technology negatively affects culture

In 2007, society experienced a technological breakthrough when Steve Jobs and Apple introduced the iPhone. Fast forward to 2019 and almost everyone owns a smartphone.

Microsoft provides One solution for everyday problems

I guess I could do a fancy introduction, but this is going to be a long article, so I’ll just jump straight to the point. An unfortunate number of people are suffering under the delusion that Google Docs is actually better than Microsoft Word. Perhaps I should cut people some slack, especially teenagers. In school, all of us are required to use Google Docs. Why? In elementary and middle school, it was a great option for classroom settings, allowing things like sharing and internet access.

Recycling doesn’t suck: People should do more for the environment than trade metal for plastic

Getting a metal straw instead of a plastic one for an iced coffee from Starbucks isn’t going to help much in the fight for a cleaner Earth or the decrease in global warming. Everything is plastic credit cards, straws, shoes, even phones. Everything factory-made has an aspect of plastic included in the product, whether it’s a grain of plastic or is completely made of plastic. While recycling and using metal straws is a good first step, so much more needs to be done. We only have 18 months left before the damage we have done is irreversible.

No political parties: High schoolers too immature to gain privilege of voting

Recently, politicians have proposed lowering the voting age to 16. Even if they do not acknowledge it, their true motives are to garner more votes for their political party. Though there are certainly 16-year-olds who are well-informed about their civic duties, the vast majority are not and do not care to be. Popular culture has […]

Courage to speak your mind, to listen

Recently, politicians have proposed lowering the voting age to 16. Even if they do not acknowledge it, their true motives are to garner more votes for their political party.

‘Marvel’ous movie makes millions at debut, showcases strong female lead

Marvel Studios has taken over the cinematic world over the past eleven years and continues to do so in 2019 with Captain Marvel.

One small step for a women, one giant leap for womenkind: Support encouragement helps build each other up instead of tearing each other down

Women have been considered lower than men in the past. The last ones to vote, the least paid, the most negatively talked about by both men and women. Not to mention that the women of color have somehow became the most negatively talked about and disrespected.

What does java bean to you?

Coffee, the epitome of all that is good in the world. Without coffee, how many long nights doing homework would have been lost to sleep? How many study sessions would have gone to waste? The truth is: I can’t survive without coffee. It has become an important part of my morning, and without it I […]

Moral barometer: Violence, sexuality used excessively desensitizes society

This article is a continuation from an article in the previous edition of the Norseman that discussed the degrading of cultural morality and why swearing is immoral.

Graphic sexuality has also escalated dramatically, particularly in movies. This not only includes actual sexual encounters but promiscuous jokes and actors wearing little to no clothing. It usually doesn’t even affect the plot but instead attempts to appeal to audiences at a gratuitous level.

Mental health care important, things will get better

Mental health in teens is a serious issue in today’s society. Oddly enough, not a lot of people talk about it. People often feel lonely in some of their darkest times with nobody to turn to, and that’s a problem. Show love to the people that deserve it the least because those are the ones that need it the most.

Extremism has negative impact on positive movements

America has certainly lived up to its namesake of being “the land of the free,” especially when compared to many of the countries around the world. Despite embracing this motto, the freedoms granted are constantly being taken advantage of by various extreme individuals. The very definition of an extremist is a person who holds fanatical views, and especially one who advocates extreme action.

Attitude, behavior infectious: People should choose kindness instead of being rude

I’m tired of rude people, and not just rude people, but negative individuals in general who think having that unpleasant attitude is necessary. Spoiler, it really isn’t.

Technology savvy generation needs reboot in computer basics

Current students don’t know life without the internet, phones that double as computers, or video games.

Moral barometer: Language usage dictates decline in societal standards

It’s a classic stereotype for the oldest generation to talk about how things were in the “good old days” and how recent years have taken a turn for the worse. Though this is in many ways over-exaggerated, there is one point I definitely agree with them on: the decline of morality.

Struggling to gain acceptance, approval proves exhausting

Having to prove myself over and over again is exhausting and takes part of my soul every time I do it. This comes into play with new managers at work, new co-workers, new teachers, and even friends’ parents.

First and goal: NFL superior to college football with talent, entertainment

I don’t understand why college football has so many more fans than the NFL. Even though college football has a huge fan base, I like the NFL more.

Smoke and Mirrors: Students put themselves at higher risk of health issues through use of vapes

Vaping has overtaken students across America with the endless variety of flavors and easy access to products. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA, vaping has created a generation of users who don’t know what they’re putting into their bodies; in fact, 13.7% have no clue.

Banned books limit knowledge, threatens independent thought

Limiting exposure to foul language, racism, and explicit content may sound like a good idea at first, but when the line of censorship continues to move to accommodate things that offend people – eventually everything will be censored. Books have long been a place of knowledge, imagination, and escape, but their fundamental purpose is threatened […]

Political unrest: Media bias, social agendas cause disdain for democratic zoo

I’m sick of politics.

This doesn’t mean I’m not politically informed or don’t have a political opinion. No, it’s quite the opposite. I have a strong political opinion, regularly read the newspaper, and even read a political magazine.

I’m just so sick of politics.

Antiquated dress code focused on control instead of learning

For many years, school dress code has created conflict among students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Growing up in Bryan, I’ve always had to follow the dress code policy, and if I don’t comply I have to fix it or suffer the consequences such as getting sent to SAC or even getting sent home. While I believe there should be some type of dress code for students such as not being allowed to wear a bathing suit to school, gang related clothing, or any article of clothing that promotes the use of drugs and alcohol many constraints within the dress code policy should be eliminated.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my: Peta takes aim at freeing animals from their cardboard prisons

PETA, a group scorned equally by animal rights activists, vegans, hunters, and just about everyone else, zeroed in on Nabisco’s Barnum’s Animal Crackers as their latest crusade target. The animal cracker’s classic packaging depicted circus animals in cages as a reference to Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. Now, at PETA’s request, Nabisco has removed the bars to allow the animals to roam free in an open field.

Two Broke Girls: Students pinch pennies to make ends meet

Being poor sucks – we’re just going to put that out there. When you’re poor, you can only afford the necessities and there’s very little room for much else. The poverty line keeps moving lower and lower as the distribution of wealth is skewed in favor of the rich who make money off of the working class without them even really trying. This means that there are a lot of low-income families in the United States, and low-income students never really speak up about it because they don’t want to be seen as someone who needs to be pitied.

Attending tutorials smart choice for successful students

For a lot of freshman, the transition into high school is not easy. The classes become more difficult and students have to adjust to a new schedule (especially if they do a sport). I’ve struggled with that as well, doing cheer while also balancing AP and pre-AP classes. It isn’t easy and it is very […]

Movement against sexual harassment gains power, provides voice

A voice speaks up in a crowd of silence, giving others the courage to speak for themselves and tell their stories. Soon, a flood of voices, stories, anecdotes, accusations, and more come crashing in. They bring attention to one of the biggest issues facing America. There’s power in numbers.

Grammatical nonsense: Lack of Oxford comma eliminates clarity, precision, happiness

Because English is one of the most widely spoken languages, there are many variations in it. One of the biggest differences is between English in the United States versus Britain. The British spell things strangely, such as spelling “gray” “grey”, “color” “colour”, and “realize” “realise” (they like to avoid z’s for some reason). Perhaps sometimes an American might think that the British way makes sense or a British person might like the American way better, but usually, there is little overlap. However, one rule that both Americans and the British argue about is the serial comma, otherwise known as the Oxford comma.

Lessons learned: Examining time in high school to become better person

I’ve done lots of stupid things, and I’ve paid consequences for decisions I’ve made and for decisions I didn’t make. I’ve suffered from what I’ve done and from what I’ve left undone. I’ve watched things in my life fall apart before my eyes while not having any say in it, and I’ve also watched myself […]

Do. Not. Eat. Tide. Pods.

Viral trends are hit or miss. While some can raise awareness for important issues, like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, others are dangerous and can cause physical harm, like the cinnamon challenge. What makes people throw all common sense out the window the moment they watch a video on Twitter? People see these trends and […]

Words have consequences: Inappropriate jokes can create fear, unease on large scale

From an early age children are taught that actions have consequences.

When they misbehave, they get in trouble. When they touch something hot, it burns.

But words have consequences, too.

Greatest show on earth: Big top makes debut on big screen capturing audiences across country

Colorful lights, two-ton elephants balancing on small, round rubber balls, ferocious man-eating lions jumping through hoops, and trapeze artists flying and tumbling in the air ever so gracefully. All together to create the greatest show on earth. The Greatest Showman is an original musical about the origins of P. T. Barnum’s vision to create something new that would eventually become a worldwide phenomenon.

Asking for help sign of strength, not weakness

If there is anything I’ve learned in life so far, it’s to keep going and to seek guidance when I need it, even when it was difficult to ask for help. Regardless of the situation. If I have a stupid question, if I am struggling with something, or if I don’t understand what is going […]

Enjoyment, passion trump talent when finding a hobby

Natural talent is something continually praised, particularly in today’s society. “That kid’s a natural!” the announcers exclaim. “He was born with this ability!” Many times these “naturals” are lauded for what they can accomplish, but it is often second nature for them. While it is wonderful what they are capable of, it can sometimes discourage other people who do not have any natural talent in that area. Frequently, they end up quitting because they feel like no matter how hard they try, they will never match up to what the others are capable of doing.

Helping others heal: Focus shouldn’t just be on US during natural disasters

Since early September, it seems like the US has been ravaged by natural disaster. Our home state was hit by hurricane Harvey, Florida was hit by hurricane Irma, California has been razed by massive wildfires, and more recently a storm developed off the east coast named hurricane Jose. However, a lot of people disregard natural disasters outside of the United States. Such as Puerto Rico, which was hit by Hurricane Maria.

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Not saved by the bell: Learn from past mistakes for fresh start

“No regrets” was my motto last year, and I lived by that. Now that I look back on it, I regret getting C’s and D’s in my classes. I regret lying to all the teachers when I skipped to hang out with my friends. Those people I used to skip with aren’t even my friends anymore. I’ve come to ask myself: “what was the point?” I didn’t gain anything from slacking I did in my classes, even when I did go to them.

Feeling so empty, nothing left to give

There is a powerful quote in the workout and school world that states: “Your mind will quit a thousand times before your body ever will”? While that is true for some people, what happens when you’re so motivated that your body gives up first, yet your mind tells you to keep going, to keep pushing – even when that’s not the best option? How do you combat that? How do you listen to your body? How do you give yourself a day off when you’re in constant fight mode to become better and outwork everyone?

Ice ice baby: Winter Olympics dominates mainstream summer games

From blades on ice to skis on snow, the Olympic Winter games is more entertaining to me than the Summer Olympics. It could be because of my emotional attachment to them and the nostalgic value they hold, but they will always melt my cold and frozen heart every time I have a chance to watch them.

Grow-up, clean-up, show respect

If you’ve ever walked through the cafeteria after the last lunch, you’ve noticed trash littering the floors that were clean right before the stampede of students came through. This is unacceptable in any school, much less a high school full of teenagers who are more than capable of depositing the leftover remains of their lunch […]

Keep options open: Students should consider both in, out of state colleges

Juniors and seniors are getting ready for the most stressful time in their young lives. Deciding on where they want to attend for college. The moment in life where they must choose the next path to walk down on in life after high school. It is a subject that many of us would rather avoid, though there is a few who actually look forward to it. As students begin to make their selection and wade through the never-ending list of colleges they believe will best suit them, there’s an issue that sometimes pops up. Do they leave home to experience a new form of independence at an out-of-state school, or stay closer to home at an in-state school and have the benefit of family and friends close by? At first glance, out-of-state can seem pretty scary, but it might not be as bad as it’s made out to be.

A foot above the rest: Standard system measures up to scrutiny

I have had many different math and science teachers throughout the years, but nearly all of them have made the same claim: the standard system is ridiculous and America should switch to the metric system. The standard system is the units of measurement such as inches and Fahrenheit that are used in the United States, and the metric system uses measurements like centimeters and Celsius and is used in the rest of the world. Every time I hear this claim, I flinch internally. What did all these people have against the standard system? Why would we use it so much if it was completely impractical? Perhaps I was a bit over-attached to the standard system since I grew up with it, and the metric system really was easier to make calculations with…did I have an unreasonable loyalty? Though I had my doubts, as I have grown up and progressed through school, I have discovered many merits of the standard system over the metric.

Walk mile in service: Students should experience industry to understand challenges of job

The US Census found in 2013, 1 in 4 high schoolers work part-time jobs during the school year. Many of these jobs are in customer service, whether it’s in the fast food industry, a restaurant, a grocery store, or any other positions that deals with people, and helping customers get what they want or need.

Effort required to improve mind, body, soul

Community service: a necessary evil for embellishing college applications and resumes, or even for impressing your peers and parents. Of course, community service isn’t all bad. In the International Baccalaureate (IB) program students are required to participate in Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS). It sounds like a lot to deal with, and sometimes it truly is. Keeping up with weekly logs, reflections, and evidence can be tedious on top of all of my other assignments, but CAS has helped me stay committed to a task and taught me how to record events for me to reflect on later. It has also highlighted how both the person receiving and the person giving benefit from the act.

13 reasons why not: Series misrepresents important issues

WARNING: If you plan on watching 13 Reasons Why and you’re behind the curve, don’t continue reading this article; Spoilers lie ahead!
As high school and teen shows go, it can be understood that a majority of the storylines, characters, and settings may be unrealistic. When a show and its writers take themselves too seriously, it can be reflected in just about every aspect of the show: from acting, to dialogue, to the entire story itself.

Cautionary tale: Social media requires forethought before posting

Hashtag. Ating. Trending. Tweeting. Snapping. The internet streams social media into teens’ lives every waking moment of the day. Social media has become the communication form of choice with teens which comes with the good and the bad. It allows them to express themselves and communicate instantaneously with family, friends and strangers, but many times […]

Girl Code: Three unspoken rules to live by for dating, friendship

Every girl knows the unspoken rules of Girl Code, but despite of knowing these guidelines, many girls don’t uphold the code. Once a guy gets into the mix, girls feel that the rules don’t apply to them anymore, but they’re wrong. Guys can cause longtime friendships between two girls to end in a heartbeat. The […]

Waste of safe space: Real issues overshadowed by trivial disagreements

Reliving a traumatic experience at the mention of a specific word or phrase, noise going off, or the sight of a familiar face is nothing to take lightly. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a very real concern, is taken seriously in most cases and is appropriately accommodated for serious cases via safe spaces. Safe spaces are a good idea for those who need a place to calm down from panic attacks, PTSD attacks, or harassment. However, over the past five years, there’s been the used and public opinion of safe spaces.

When keeping secrets creates monsters

When I started middle school, everything was new and crazy.

I wasn’t too worried about school, after all, I had just left the fifth grade and none of my classes were difficult.

It wasn’t until the end of seventh grade that I began experiencing feelings of depression.

Crossing over: New workout program benefits athlete stamina, strength

What do you think of when you hear the word, “Crossfit”? Do you think, “that sounds hard” or “those people are crazy”, or “you’ll get hurt doing Crossfit”? What if I were to tell you those are all true. It is hard, most crossfitters are crazy for challenging their bodies and for pushing themselves to the absolute max, and there is a chance of getting hurt if you don’t take the time to learn proper form and body mechanics. Crossfit consists of constantly varied movements performed at a high intensity level. All crossfit workouts are based on a mixture of weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and more. Crossfit is for every age group, and all workouts can be modified to fit any fitness level or disability. Crossfit can also be extremely beneficial to any high school athlete looking for the edge on their opponent.

Taking care of business like a family

Some people aspire to climb the corporate ladder, to retire by 35 with a bank account full of money from savvy investments and shrewd business deals, but others would find that type of life devoid of meaning. Incentivizing education usually only leaves a bad taste in a teacher’s mouth as they don’t see success defined […]

Been there, done that: Six tips to survive high school

High school is where students discover who they are. It’s where they decide what direction they want to go and who they want to be, stumbling through different obstacles to get there. From being scared to ask your crush to a dance, to failing a history test because you stayed up late watching Netflix instead of studying, to having a nervous breakdown in the middle of nowhere because assignments just keep piling one after the other, high school helps prepare students for adversity. Though many people think high school is the worst thing ever, there are many positives, like meeting people who you may spend the rest of your life with, making friendships that will stay very close to your heart, and creating memories that you will cherish forever. The four years of high school are some of the best years our our lives. Even though it may not seem like it now, you will realize it once it all starts to come to an end. Every year has its lows, but it’s up to you to make the best of every situation. here are some tips on how to do that.