A Quote

I am a HUGE Pinterest addict. From recipes, to outfits, to hairstyles that I will never have enough skill to do, there is always something on Pinterest that inspires me.

Inspiration. One of my main goals in my life is to be inspirational. I want to change a person’s life for the better. I want to see people be the best version of themselves, or at least allow me to be a positive vibe in their life. Sometimes, this can be super frustrating. Especially when I don’t want to be a very positive person myself, because let’s face it: we all have those days.

Mainly, when it comes to being a high school student, I want to be someone who can make you laugh but also be able to help out. I want to be able to have a witty comeback or sarcastic response one second, and then have a real conversation with someone the next. It’s a hard thing to balance and try not to hurt other people by making a mistake with this balance, which is why the following quote by Maya Angelou is by far my favorite quote:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel”

-Maya Angelou

To me, I think this quote speaks so much. If you’re like me, you might remember a time in life when you and your friends just had an amazing moment. A moment that makes your entire body feel like it’s smiling or just feeling like you’re living. You remember this moment solely from feeling, but maybe not anything that was verbally exchanged. There are also some moments when you may have been hurt by someone, and while down the road you may forget exactly what they said to hurt you, but that gut feeling of grief still exists.

It’s like a coin flip. You can either make someone feel really good about themselves, or really terrible. When they look back on these times years from now, they may forget the exact situation, or the exact words exchanged, but that feeling that happens to all of us still remains there. And so, I hope to become more of a person that can make a person remember a moment when they felt happy and to have more of those happy feelings, and less of the negative.

A huge thank you to Maya Angelou. Your words are always inspirational.

Extraordinary

In my dreams, I am a famous journalist reporting in a major metropolitan area. In reality, I am a junior in high school making videos to bring positivity to my high school. I attend Rome Free Academy, and recently we have had major changes in the administration of my school. From my freshman year to now my junior year, we have gone through four different principals. One of our principals who is now our superintendent decided to come up with a slogan for our school: “Take CHARGE”. The acronym “CHARGE” represents how RFA students should act daily. This includes being Compassionate, Honorable, Accountable, Respectful, Grateful, and Extraordinary.

So to get the point across to our school, we have some weeks where during class we watch a video on how we demonstrate these within our school. Many students enjoyed the videos, but did not find them very inspiring. So the teachers that are part of our school improvement team decided to host a video contest for students to make a video describing one of the six characteristics our slogan describes.

The video contest caught my attention, and with the help of just a few of the most inspiring students in RFA and their voices, I decided to make a video on being extraordinary, and share it with you all.

Enjoy-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzD0yb5toNzid3lFYXM3QU4xdVk/view?usp=drive_web

Moonlight Trail Night!

For a short blog post this week, my lovely friend Katrina and I decided to go to a local trail walk. The event is a walk in the dark, and I decided it would be the perfect time to try out different editing settings on my computer and various camera settings. Not my best work, but certainly a learning experience! Enjoy!

Fake News

Due to the recent political election, a big thing that has started to be said about news is how to determine whether or not it is the truth or if it is satire. With the abundance of social media and technology in our presence, it is very difficult to keep false information from spreading at a rapid rate before it is proven false. Although sometimes we can get a good laugh out of this (dank memes), it can be a very dangerous bridge to cross.

A few months ago I came across a Facebook link that was shared by many people in my area about an actor having positive remarks on our city. Dozens of my friends on Facebook shared this post; excited and sad to see such kind remarks from an actor that they had missed a photo opportunity with pass by. Curious, as anyone would be, I clicked on the link. I clearly could see the signs that this was fake news. Browsing through other articles, it seemed that this website did this a lot with multiple cities. “(Actor’s name) Absolutely Loved (random city) because of This!” was the common article the site was generating. Curious, I clicked on the contact information for the page. The page stated that the news was clearly satire and that if anyone has any funny suggestions for articles they should contact the site owner’s personal email account.

Although this site stated that the news account was clearly for entertainment purposes, it took a lot of searching to find the disclaimer. This is how this fake news spreads. It looks believable. A clever caption with a URL that has the word “news” in it and a trendy high quality picture can make anything seem believable. So the question remains: How can we fix this issue of fake news?

There is no single correct way to diminish fake news. However, if we can somehow have people be more aware of the signs of fake news. Something similar to having a little symbol of verification next to your name on a social media site if you are a celebrity. There has to be a way to help reduce the negativity of fake news. As for real news stations having false information, I can not say I have an answer to that. I only have hope that journalists can have the intelligence and perseverance to only distribute real news to our modern day world in order for us to get accurate and useful information to others who are watching the news looking for this info.

Getting to Know Me

I decided to do a little questionnaire in order to get to know me because I have not put much on this blog yet. Enjoy!
Question 1: Do you have any pets?
Yes! I have one cat named Serafina (named after a Barbie movie), and one dog named Pepper (named after a spice).
Question 2: Name three things that are physically close to you.
My laptop, a water bottle, and a book are all near me right now.

Question 3: What’s the weather like right now?
I am writing this at 9 o’ clock at night, but earlier today it was cold and snowing.
Question 4: Do you drive? If so, have you crashed?
I do drive! Thankfully no, I have not crashed.
Question 5: What time did you wake up this morning?
It’s Saturday, so I woke up around 8:30 this morning!
 
Question 6: When was the last time you showered?
This morning!
Question 7: What was the last movie that you saw?
I rewatched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off earlier this week!
Question 8: What does you last text message say?
“YOU WERE A SMALL LITTLE NOODLE LOL”
Question 9: What is your ringtone?
The generic iPhone Marimba ringtone.
Question 10: Have you ever been to a different country?
I’ve been to my Grandparent’s house in Canada!
Question 11: Do you like sushi?
Absolutely!
Question 12: Where do you buy your groceries?
I have a Price Chopper in my city, so I usually go there
Question 13: What is your favorite subject?
English!!
Question 14: How many siblings do you have?
ZERO! I am an only child, although I still believe my dog is the family’s favorite “child”.
Question 15: Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
I have a laptop.
Question 16: How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
I will be turning 18, yikes! I just turned 17 three days ago!
Question 17: Do you wear contacts or glasses?
Both, but I prefer contacts.
Question 18: Hair color?
I’m a natural blonde!
Question 19: Favorite food?
This is difficult! I really like lima beans.
Question 20: Favorite movie?
27 Dresses!
Question 21: What is your perfect pizza topping?
I don’t know? Cheese?

 

Question 22: Favorite song?
Moon River! (Sang by Audrey Hepburn)
Question 23: Have you ever had an all-nighter?
As in 24 hours straight? No.
Question 24: What is your eye colour?
My eyes are blue.
Question 25: Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
Fun fact: I have never had either!

How it Began

I am certainly not a kid that has always wanted to do journalism. In fact, going into high school I pictured myself as an engineer, and before that, an orthodontist, and before that, a school teacher. I knew that I had always enjoyed writing during school, but I never connected it to being a journalist.

In the eighth grade, I had started to make my schedule for high school. I had the classes that I was required to take, but then I also had a free period that I could use as a study hall or take an elective. I have always been the person to consistently be busy and involved, so I took my parents advice and signed up for a Drawing Design and Production class which would help with my engineering skills.

I started to tell some people already in high school about my DDP class choice, I was so excited to take it but I was also nervous because of the difficulty. I suddenly was ambushed with reasons not to take the course. Although I probably should have stuck with it, I quickly went in to my Guidance office and switched my elective to a Journalism course. At the time, I had no idea what Journalism was, I figured it was creative writing. So, I entered my first day of high school taking what I thought would be an easy writing course. My 14 year old self was wrong, this was not what I expected.

I was the only Freshman in this Journalism course, and the other students seemed to have a great connection with the teacher. We learned about history, different ways of Journalism, ethics, different ways of being biased, everything. I had to study really hard at first to keep my grade above a 90, and I almost regretted taking the course, but then things started to change.

We began to write articles around the second semester. I decided to write one about surveys my school gave out to improve our district and how some students felt upset because they were not allowed to remain anonymous. My teacher loved it, and had our school newspaper publish my article. I was thrilled, and in my sophomore year of high school, I became the head editor of the newspaper.

This year is my junior year, and I have realized that I want something more than just writing articles. I began to make creative videos to promote news in our school, as well as post broadcasts of things happening. I cannot wait to see where I end up going to college and where I will get a degree in Journalism. I’m excited to see the future!