Social media is used on a wide platform today. Whether it be promoting a business, voicing an opinion or simply posting pictures of a recent vacation, social media is used by countless people across the globe. Despite this, uncertainty still lies amongst many about whether social media is helpful or detrimental to society. However, when used in moderation, social media is a unique tool that allows people to reach out to a large audience in a quick and effective manner.
Every day stories of disaster, destruction and death flood headlines across the nation. In an era where a breaking story is broadcasted live across the globe, it grows easier and easier to become numb towards those in distress. It is critical non affected people fight the urge to be apathetic, and continue to support and remember the victims of the terrible disasters. Recently, news of catastrophic hurricanes dominate headlines. On Aug. 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Before the media finished covering the event, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, Sept. 10. Now, Hurricane Maria is adding to the destruction of an already ‘busy’ hurricane season.
Many students consider the option to skip senior year and finish high school early. Some students claim that forfeiting senior year saves money and allows them to begin college early. However, some fail to recognize the importance of the senior class’s presence on campuses.
In a world dominated by the thoughts of sex, alcohol and drugs, finding clarity and direction can be difficult. For teens and young adults especially, staying on the right path can prove to be a challenging task. At the end of 2016, California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts became the latest states to legalize the use of marijuana. This now means that over half of the United States has legalized marijuana in some shape or form. In 2015, over 11 million people between the ages of, 18-25, used marijuana.
Every day the average high school student is faced with the same challenge of choosing between pushing themselves or fall victim to the stress and busy schedules. In a society in which teens have gained the stereotype of laziness, finding the motivation to finish a task becomes a dilemma.
In the world of journalism, there are certain standards that journalists have bestowed upon us. Not only the standards of publishing, but standards we are morally held accountable to. Today we face the issue of who to turn to when the integrity and honor of our most trusted news sources are gone. Spread across the sidebars of Facebook, Twitter and several media sources, are news stories with headlines of half-truths. Studies show teens do not know when news is fake. A shocking 82% of teens can not differentiate between a company ad or news story.
Polls were closed and Americans everywhere sported their new ‘I voted’ sticker for the 2016 presidential election. Voters across the nation glued their eyes to the television and favorite online news sites, anxiously waiting for the results, Nov. 8. Throughout the night, Donald Trump seemed to be in the lead. The question in the back of everyone’s mind was: Would the Trump lead hold up against Secretary Hillary Clinton? Depending on what news source one was watching, different predictions were given.
A problem found throughout school communities today is the lack of of student involvement and interest. While this issue has mended over the last couple of years, it is still a major concern. Superintendent Jeremy Brown promotes involvement and calls each student to become involved within their community. Since adults and leaders have taken the time out for teens, we should take time to be involved with others.
With first semester well underway, new students have grown accustomed to the class schedule as well as with other students who attend. Groups of friends have settled into their own sectors, forming their own cliques. Once new students have blended into the crowd, much of the time these peers are comfortable with the friends just within their group. The drive to make new friends does not matter as much anymore because some have sealed their spot in a group. Students often just settle for the people they know and rather skip to know the rest.
The battle between student as learner or product carries itself over into the real world. The habits and choices made in high school regarding effort and education are likely to continue once those students have jobs and responsibilities.