College (From The View of a Junior)

By Isabel Ehrlich
When we hear the word college there are many thoughts that go through our heads; Will I get in? Will I be able to afford it? Will I go? Do I stay in state or leave? Or maybe your head goes more towards; I’m gonna party all 4 years! I’m sure I’ll make it big with an art degree! In all honesty, these are all valid thoughts, but there are some things that never seem to be addressed; Where do I find scholarships? What am I supposed to do with all these college brochures? What does my PSAT/SAT/ACT score mean for me? How does the world of applications and paperwork, work? As a freshman, sophomore, and junior we all hear that this is all preparing for college but not to worry because we won’t have to deal with this for 3, 2, 1 year(s). But, what if you don’t expect any help from family or don’t see that you have the best prospects for anything (after all everyone says you’re smart) and you only see the red ink? Where do you start?

I have no idea what you should do, but I can tell you what I did:

(Feel free to shuffle these steps in any order that you want, this is just how I did it.)

(Also have some clue what you want to study or experience.)

Step 1) Panic. Yeah, I said panic. See, when I panic beforehand I start I make it into a competition between me and myself. How do I do that? Well, if I panic and decide that I can’t do it, then I have to prove myself wrong.

Step 2) Organize (at least kinda). For me, this is somewhat of a challenge, so I did the cliched thing and got a corkboard (pinboard, whatever). On it I have several columns which mean absolutely nothing, and I have the names of all the colleges that are interested in me and all the colleges I am interested in. Now this means that I am willing to attend these places and that either they are interested in me or that I wish I could go there. In middle school, we had to fill out these forms that linked us with a program called myCollegeOptions it gave me a place to start, but when you take the PSAT you are linked to College Board, which is a pretty decent starting place. It shows where you have to start and where you should keep looking.

Step 3) Take the stupid tests. Take the PSAT, it shows where you need to work, and it puts your name on the radar of schools and scholarships. You will have to take either the SAT or ACT to attend pretty much any school in the US, and if you are looking internationally you have to take some form of government-issued standardized test anyway (The Brits have the A-Levels, the Irish the Leaving Cert, the French the Baccalauréat, etc.).  Most people take both the ACT and the SAT because the tests are different and it allows for people to show strengths or weaknesses in certain areas with more ease.

Step 4) Deal with the emails and brochures and tacky sales pitches that don’t tell you anything. Figure out where in the country you want to live and find ratings on your program at that school. And then go and dig on them on the internet go to chat rooms and teacher/school rating things looking especially at your program.

That’s it. As time goes on you should talk to Mr. Marman about what he thinks will be a good fit for you, and definitely do things your own way.

 

Tell me what you think what you’re trying to do or what you have done!

 

 

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How to Deal with Anxiety

By Allison Miller

There are few words that can set every person on edge so much as stress and anxiety. Yet, despite the fact that these words affect people of all ages, we see some of the highest levels of anxiety in teens. Why would this be? (parents might ask). They don’t have to worry about supporting a family or getting taxes done on time or anything of the sort! Most parents come to the conclusion that “It’s the fault of those darn phones!” Many adults think that these extreme anxiety levels are coming from the need for validation on social media and the internet in general. The flipside of that, the kids usually argue, is that it is most definitely not the internet, as they are, in all honesty, able to express their opinions to more people and so, how could that be the source of their feeling inadequate? Many also argue that adults are overlooking the pressures of good grades and success that they place on their own children, not to mention the rocketing cost of college tuition. Some will even go so far as to say that the pressure of saving the planet is on them, due to the environmental mistakes of the generations before them. But for now, let’s put the reasons aside. We could argue the roots of anxiety back and forth for days and never reach a valid conclusion. So instead of trying to place the blame on one party or the other, let’s focus on the problem itself. It’s about time we learned how to deal with anxiety because it isn’t going to go away, and can actually be a good thing if dealt with properly.

One of the best ways to deal with anxiety is to make sure you acknowledge it in the first place. If you deny your own emotions, you will never even begin to take the path to making yourself feel better. The next thing to do after you’ve acknowledged the issue, make sure you never bottle it up. No one can hold in their emotions forever and expect nothing bad to come of it.

After you’ve come to terms with the idea of anxiety, you should look for whatever is causing it. Sometimes, this isn’t an easy thing to do. Sometimes you won’t even be able to find the source. And that is perfectly okay. People need to realize that emotions don’t always make sense, and thinking about that itself can cause some stresses to go away. It’s extremely important for you to know that you don’t need to understand absolutely everything about yourself. Sometimes anxiety is just anxiety and you can’t locate the underlying issue. No matter how many times a parent or therapist asks you what could have caused it, you don’t need to come up with an answer right away if you aren’t sure. Make sure you know that, and you might feel even the tiniest bit better.

If one of the biggest stresses on teens causing their anxiety is schoolwork, then everyone needs to work with them to change that. Whether something in the school’s curriculum changes to better help all of its students or not, there are things that teenagers can do at home to help lessen stresses. First things first: don’t put off huge projects until the day before they’re due. It’s fine to work on a project the night before so long as you’re making final edits and not a first draft. Keep organized in your head (or preferably in a physical pen-and-paper planner) which projects are due on which days and what homework you know you will have each night. It all comes down to one phrase: plan ahead.

Even if kids are able to manage their stress at home, much of the time panic attacks can randomly occur for a number of reasons when they aren’t at home. What do they do then? Well, as cliche as it is, one of the best things to do is breathe. Not just in and out, though, as you can easily get distracted and focus back on the anxiety since that kind of breathing is fairly natural. Rather, there are certain breathing exercises that make the brain focus away from the panic. One of the most useful ones is to breathe in first for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and then finally breathe back out for eight seconds. However, you cannot just run through this exercise once and expect it to work. you must keep repeating the breathing set until you can breathe normally again with less of the crushing feeling around your lungs that many anxiety attacks bring with them.

In the end, it may matter where the roots of anxiety in this day and age are coming from. But until we can figure out the exact issue, we should just be focusing on making the problems that already exist more manageable. Having anxiety isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Everyone gets it from time to time. It can be what pushes you to do your best on a project or to keep yourself from doing something that could get you hurt, but too much of it can cripple you and keep you from being able to even think about doing that project, or never take any risks that could have led to an amazing outcome. So no matter how high or low your anxiety levels are, make sure that you are able to deal with it accordingly, and make each day that much better.

How to be Single on Valentine’s Day

by Molly West

It’s that time of the year again! Valentine’s Day is widely known as the most romantic time of the year. You can feel it in the air. Stores are packed with red and pink gifts and candies. Heart decorations are plastered everywhere you look. There are couples everywhere you go, showering each other with affection. It seems like the entire world is caught up in a whiff of infatuation and magic.

For any single person, however, this could be the saddest time of the year. Seeing all the happy couples reminds one of their crippling loneliness and everything about them that makes them unlovable. How do you cope with this inner turmoil? Here are some things you can do if you don’t have a special someone this year.

  1. Harness the power of friendship.
    Who said Valentine’s Day was only about romantic love? Even if you don’t have a significant other, chances are you still have close friends who love you. While most of them probably have a special someone, there is bound to be at least one friend who can relate to your pain. You could just hang out with them, or you could also pretend to be a couple to wrack up as many discounts as possible. There’s plenty of fun things you can do with a friend and places you can go. Don’t have a close friend to spend the day yet? No worries.
  2. Watch a romantic movie.
    This one is a double-edged sword. Sitting down with a good rom-com can lighten your spirits and give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. It can also make you yearn for a relationship, though, thus plunging you deeper into the depths of loneliness. Luckily, if you’re not much a romance person, there are other things you can do.
  1. Eat.
    Restaurant discounts. Candy on sale. At the very least, you can eat away your pain. You’ll get back to eating healthy tomorrow, right? Besides, if you eat enough chocolate, it will simulate the feeling of being in love. Food will never betray you. Look at this example:
    Boyfriend
    Girlfriend
    Chocolate
    Chocolate never ends. There are other things you can do, though.
  1. Fantasize.
    Because the dream person in your head is probably better than any real people, anyway. (Just don’t develop an unhealthy obsession and begin to believe they’re real)
  1. Treat yourself.
    If you can’t love yourself, how are you going to love somebody else? Take a nice bath with bubbles. Prepare a candlelit dinner. Play some smooth jazz. Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers. You have earned the right to treat yourself. While all these couples are out there pouring themselves into someone else, you have taken the bold choice to focus on the most important person in your life: you. Self-love is just as important as any other kind of love! Don’t get too narcissistic about it, though.
  1. Cry.
    Sometimes, you just need to drown in your own sorrow for a bit, and that’s okay. Let it all out. Yes, you’re lonely, and nobody has a crush on you, but the world is still spinning. You’re going to wake up the morning after Valentine’s and love will be far less in-your-face. Besides, a lot of the couple you see will probably break up a week later.

At the end of the day, remember that you’re still in high school. There is no rush when it comes to getting into a relationship and finding your soulmate. Our emotions (?) are running wild, and love is still a foreign concept. If you’re alone this Valentine’s Day, it’s not the end of the world. There is more to life than romance.

 

 

When is Darkiplier’s Birthday?

By Molly West

The fandom life has consumed our youth, as I am sure many of you know. People fall in love with fictional characters from whatever it is that they like. One thing that has become a tradition of fandoms is to celebrate the birthday of a character. People make art of the character, and some people even make the character something like a cake. Obviously, the character cannot eat the cake, but there is emotional symbolism behind it. A character’s birthday is treated like a friend or family member’s birthday. It’s marked on the calendar, celebrated with festivities.
A lot of characters are given an official birthday as they are developed. It is often a randomly picked date that has little significance. However, it is an issue when you cannot establish the character’s birthday to begin with.
For fans of Youtubers Markiplier and Jacksepticeye, the game is different. The characters do not have a randomly chosen birthday, rather their birthday is decided based off of the date the character was first in a video. For example, Jacksepticeye’s character, Chase Brody, was first in a video on April 11th, 2017. Therefore, that is his birthday. Typically, all you have to do is trace back to the first video, and then find the date it was uploaded. That is what tends to be the birthday that the fandom agrees on.
With one of Markiplier’s characters, though, it isn’t that simple. Darkiplier, as you can guess by his name, is meant to be the polar opposite of Markiplier. The first time we ever got a glimpse of Darkiplier in a video was June 19th, 2012, in a video titled “Don’t blink.” It is a 17-second video that is meant to be ominous and eerie. Some people considered this to be Dark’s birthday.
However, the Dark showed in “Don’t blink” is not considered by all to be the “canon Darkiplier.” The first time we got a glimpse at the canon character was February 14th, 2017, in “A Date With Markiplier.” In this interactive adventure, there is a route you can go down where you meet Dark. This is considered to be the canon character. Since ADWM was the first time we saw him, some people say this is his birthday.
There is one more option, however. If you frequent Denobis, you will remember a review I wrote for a video series known as “Who Killed Markiplier?” At the end of this series, we watched the creation of Darkiplier, as in how he was made. To summarize, he is a fusion of two individuals known as Damien and Celine and uses Mark’s body to get revenge on Mark for hurting the two. The video in which this happened was uploaded on October 13th, 2017. This is another date that people debate is Darkiplier’s birthday.
What is his real birthday, though? June 19th, February 14th, or October 13th? The most popular argument is that it is October 13th. This is the date that he was created, thus it is the most plausible for a birthdate. The problem with February 14th is that while that was the first day we met him, he existed in the timeline before then. However, some people still believe it is this day, based off the logic explained earlier where the first video uploaded equals the birthday. This means that you could also use the same logic for June 19th, however.
If all of this is too confusing for you, that’s okay. You can simply consider all of these dates to be his birthday, which would mean he has three birthdays. Is it plausible? No, it’s not really. Is it lucky for him? You bet.

Pros and Cons of Joining Student Council

By Ellie Cartier

The student council truly runs the school. They plan dances, raise money, and set fun activities up for the students. They do a lot of good around the whole community.

Few people see what goes on behind the scenes in that group. When I first arrived at Tri-City, I was dead-set on being voted into Student Council. I wasn’t really sure what they did besides planning parties and such. Now that I have been a part of the group, I have gotten a good look at everything they run.

If anyone is looking to join, here are some pros and cons to joining student council.

Pros:

1. The biggest is that it looks great on your college resume. While this shouldn’t be the only reason you join, it’s a valid one. College’s will look for leaders, not followers, so being anything in student council really boosts your chances.

2. You get to make great friends and learn the values of teamwork. There are four members and two associates in every level. With six people, you have to make sure you are including everyone and that everything works out for every member.

3. Getting involved in the community. You get to help the people around you and see projects get finished thanks to you. I’ve been able to help Big Brothers Big Sisters with their auction, help at soup kitchens, and take part in the parade here in Prescott. It’s a ton of fun, and it makes you feel good about yourself.

4. You meet some cool people. I’ve met more people in the past few months than I have in the past year or so. From other kids helping out, to the workers at various events, I’ve been able to get to know the people who help keep Prescott running.

 

Cons:

1. The sixty hours you have to get. You get twenty from showing up at meetings, but you still need eighty in total. It’s certainly not impossible, but people like me want to do things outside of school, meaning we have to find a balance between school and student council, and the stuff you want to do for fun. This isn’t a totally bad thing, as it teaches you time management.

2. Working the store. It’s not all bad, but sometimes the hassle and twenties you have to break can get crazy. It’s not something you want to do every week for sure. It takes time away from your friends, who you might have wanted to talk to during your free period, and all the work you have to do can’t be left to do at that time.

3. Raising money. Okay, in the freshmen class, it’s difficult for us to get it through our fellow freshmen’s heads that we need to raise money. A lot of them feel that since they still have three years, it doesn’t matter right now, which is hard for us because we try and put everything we can into fundraisers.

 

Those were just a few brief points that I thought were the major ones. Don’t even get me started on the microwave cleaning. That will fill up another four hundred words. Anyways, please, anyone on student council, don’t sue me or anything. Thank you for reading.

 

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