Drivers, start your engines! In the distance we could hear the roar of engines come to life as drivers fired up their race cars. As the pace car led the cars onto the track we rose to our feet. Finally, the moment we were waiting for all weekend was about to come. However, it was the days leading up to this that proved to be just as memorable as the race.
The first step towards self-fulfillment and happiness is to realize that there is a problem that you’re obsessing over. For students, this could include bitterness because of a break-up, a bad grade, an argument with a parent or even an insecurity. Recognizing that there is something bothering you can help identify how to overcome that issue. Holding on to past hurt is not only unfair to others, but an unhealthy way to live life. Playing the victim is a result of not being able to let things go. This means that the pain someone feels manifests into a self-pitying response, they hold on to the belief that they are undeniably right in their anger. Taking responsibility for your pain, whether or not you believe you are right, can lead to a healthier state of mind.
“Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude,” said Lou Holtz, a retired American football player, coach and analyst. "Whether it’s at a job, school or even at your home, a good attitude will change everything around you. A good attitude will inspire and help others as well as yourself. I firmly believe positive thinking will propel you much farther in life than having a negative mindset." Negative thinking can be destructive to your brain. Some people can even find themselves being controlled by negative emotions such as fear, anger, stress, anxiety and depression.
In last month’s column, I alluded to a difference between stepping out of your comfort zone and succumbing to peer pressure. For those who joined me at the ice skating night and were lucky enough to see me eat it on the ice, I’m sure the bittersweet expression of pure joy with an underlying sense of slight pain on my face was a great example of what stepping out is all about.
As the busy season of spring approaches, seniors juggle assignments, campus activities, and college deadlines. Seniors who are interested in a community college or Fresno State should be aware of the two important events and dates in March.
During his Convention opening address, Superintendent Jeremy Brown calls the student body “world changers” and challenges them make a positive impact in the lives of others. Scholastic Journalism Week’s theme of “Student Voice, Student Choice” concurs with Brown’s message.
Imagine you are waiting on a street corner and watch as an out-of-control car zooms past you and smashes into a light pole, causing another vehicle to run into it. Worried, you rush over to the wreckage, joined by two other people who saw the crash. Soon after, a policeman shows up and inquires what each person saw. All three witnesses, including you, report a different version of the story. Yet each individual reported correctly according to what they had seen.
With the advancement of social media and technology, it is easy to believe the voices of students are heard more now than ever. However, others look for a way to rise above the noise and make an effort to bring important issues to light. Journalism provides the opportunities for students to voice events and opinions that are important to them.
The idea of joining a publication first appeared intimidating. After participating in AP US History with teacher and journalism advisor Kori Friesen and having a conversation with her about one of my persuasive essays, the idea bloomed.
As I collapsed into my favorite chair after basketball practice, I saw an email asking if a Chinese visitor could shadow me around school the rest of the week. Thinking it might prove an interesting experience, I gladly accepted. With hopes of making a new friend, I fell asleep wondering what the next day would hold.