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Prom 2013 June 29, 2013

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My original plan was to avoid talking about prom since it just seemed too corny to write about, but after reading my friend Katey’s post on the topic, it feels appropriate to finally discuss this “right of passage”. And I know there’s far more important/interesting issues I could be talking about thanks to California and Texas, but I’m currently on vacation and this seems light-hearted to write about while recovering from a food coma.

For me, prom was completely about lifting my parents spirits—both of my grandmothers were in ailing health conditions as well as some extreme family drama on the other side of the family….so the joys of prom seemed to make sense. I even had a fantastic date who was extremely laid-back to the point where most of our prom conversations went like this:

Me: “where do you want to eat for prom dinner?”

Date: “Somewhere with food.”

As for who-asked-who, (more…)

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Is Originality Really Dead? June 20, 2013

Filed under: Editorial,Uncategorized — heycollegesreadthis @ 9:39 pm
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Earlier today I was scrolling through Tumblr when I saw that one of my friends had reblogged this:

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Instantly, I made a noise similar to this because originality never really existed. (more…)

 

Anxiety. June 16, 2013

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Foreword: This post has taken me a while to write and has taken a lot of time for me to come to terms with accepting that this is an issue that I’ll continue to face. The high stress environment of Junior Year really tested my abilities to cope with it—especially September and November thanks to getting the feel of a heavier workload and a relationship I got caught up in. But regardless, my coping mechanisms (fitness, side writing, and baking), really helped me become much more physically and mentally strong. I’m well aware most colleges don’t want to hear about ones problems, but my anxiety is something that I’m actually pretty proud of because of everything it’s done for me and the person it’s enabled for me to become.

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I’m 17—a rising high school senior, with mild to chronic anxiety that has given me stomach ulcers(just once thankfully), multiple colds, a viral infection, and enables my body to literally break down in times of extreme or uncontrollable stress, stimulus, fear, etc. typically in the form of crying then sleeping. (more…)

 

MS…what? June 9, 2013

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Standardized testing; ah—the newest craze sweeping the nation in response to how the United States measures up to the rest of the world academically. But what really hit home for me with these global tests was the fact that out of all 50 states, only my home state of North Carolina had significantly higher 4th grade math skills than the national average.

Now I could easily go on for hours about my love of the educational system in Finland (trust me, I wrote a four page paper on the problems behind our cafeteria food and compared it globally—just food alone) or my general hatred of how the only thing standardized testing measures you ability to take a test. But rather than focusing on an opinion that has taken years to form, there’s something more recent that needs to be addressed on HCRT—North Carolina decided to change finals slightly by adapting a new measure of testing called MSLs.

Measures of Student Learning (MSLs) are assessments that measure what students know and are able to do after completing a course or grade. The MSLs are designed for those grades and subjects that are

currently non-tested (i.e.., non-end-of-grade and non-end-of-course subjects)”

With the goals of: (more…)