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Spotlight on Bella Ballard: A Year in Latacuga, Ecuador

By Mariecia Miller

Last year, one of TCP’s students, Bella Ballard, a senior, was chosen to be a student ambassador for the United States. On August 20th, 2011, Ballard went to live in Latacuga, Ecuador for a year.

“My reason for going was because I wanted to see how different countries work and the benefits and disadvantages of being an American,” Ballard said.

She said that Ecuador varied from the US on many levels.

“They are very family orientated and school is different,” said Ballard. “They’re not as lazy, and they eat a lot healthier and don’t eat fast food.” She added, “The food was always the same – always rice and potatoes and soup. It was really boring, and I think it made [people] fat. The clothing looked the same as here except they were all knock-off brands. The natives clothing was different though. They had their typical dress, skirt, hat thing.”

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October 29th, 2012

By Mr. Edward Marman

Over the next few columns I want to address different topics such a finding a career, picking out a college, and finding ways to pay for college. But to start with, I’ll start with a very basic question: Why go to college?

There are numerous reasons why you should go to college, but the key for most students should be that college leads to a career, which leads to a high quality of life. Not everyone needs to make a ton of money, but you should at least be looking at career choices that meet three very important criteria.

First, your chosen career needs to be something that you enjoy and that gives you a high degree of job satisfaction. There are a lot of people who, unfortunately, are stuck in jobs that they hate. Many times these are also low-wage jobs. Not a fun place to be.

Second, a career should allow you to live comfortably without the stress of living paycheck to paycheck. If you want an extravagant lifestyle, you’ll need to find a job that pays extravagant wages. Just keep in mind that many of these careers entail far more than the typical 40-hour workweek. Some people make scads of money but don’t have the time to enjoy it and sometimes work in very stressful occupations.

Third, there is something vital that is called job security. The question you must ask yourself is: are there currently and will there continue to be positions in a particular field? A degree doesn’t do much good in practical terms unless it leads to employment. It is important to try to work in fields that are necessary regardless of whether the overall economy is strong or weak.

How does going to college help meet these criteria? To help put it into perspective, in 1973 only 28% of careers required a college education. By 2018, it is expected that 68% of occupations will require a college degree.

Along with the degree comes earning potential. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 the median yearly earnings for a bachelor’s degree was $63,430 while a high school diploma fetched $34,180. That means that a typical college degree will pay for itself in less than five years. Over a lifetime of work, this translates to a college degree that will be worth about $2.1 million, while a high school diploma will be worth $1.2 million. Rocket science it’s not; paying for a college degree is money well spent.

Next time on Counselor’s Corner: How to start finding occupations that match your own interests.

Spotlight on Mr. Furlow

By Mariecia Miller

Name: Mr. Dan Furlow
Subject: English
Hobbies: mountain biking, hiking, scuba diving, traveling, reading

Q: What is your favorite thing about TCP so far?
A: The students are Tri-city’s best asset. They are friendly, energetic, and interested in learning. They make teaching fun.
Q: How does TCP differ from other schools at which you have taught?
A: The administration is helpful, and there is a supportive, collegiate atmosphere among the faculty.
Q: What are some of your past teaching experiences?
A: I taught high school English in New Mexico, including AP English and dual-enrollment English classes. Last year I taught at Harrisburg area community college in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Q: what is your favorite thing about teaching?
A: Two things: my subject, English, and the students
Q: How many years have you been teaching?
A: Twenty.
Q: What did you do over the summer?
A: My wife and I traveled to Stavanger, Norway, where our youngest son works for an oil company.

Appreciating the Environment at TCP

By Dr. Halvorson

Over the past 8 years, many students have walked the TCP campus. It is with great pride in those students that I can say we have a clean and beautiful campus.  Students appreciate this educational environment and help to keep it free from litter, graffiti and damage.

Two years ago, we noticed that some were getting careless with their language which also contributes to the educational environment. We started a program called QL@TCP which stands for Quality Language at Tri-City Prep. It was felt that as college-bound students and college graduates, we should be able to find higher quality words to express ourselves. (Research has shown that when swear words are used, the most primitive part of our brain is stimulated.)  Everyone took up the cause with such enthusiasm that it was automatically passed to the new freshmen last year without the faculty saying anything. I also appreciate that I have not heard any low-quality language out of this year’s freshmen either. Way to go. Keep up the good work.

Accomplishments through Flag Raising and the Pledge of Allegiance

By Dr. Halvorson

I want to thank all the students at TCP for participating in and showing such respect for flag raising.  Did you know that by law, public schools in America are required to facilitate the pledge at least once every day?  Rather than do it in classrooms, TCP decided to have flag ceremony every morning.  One reason is that with all our differences, we still have one thing in common; we are all citizens of the United States.  Pride in our country is something we can all share. At the very least, a person can have pride that our country allows its citizens to speak freely about the country’s problems.

No one is perfect. Self-evaluation is important to growth and improvement. When you have discovered a fault you have, it is sometimes hard to feel good about yourself. But it is important to keep your “spirits up” or you may lose the strength to work on the fault.  The same is true with our country.  We have problems, but if we “get down” on our country, we can lose the motivation to constructively correct problems and resort to destructive displays of anger and depression.

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