What I’d Like to See in the New Year

2015 is four days away! This year has gone by so quickly. People are working on New Year’s Resolutions and getting ready for the new year ahead. I have my resolutions for 2015 just like everyone else and I also have some things I’d like to see in the new year.

There are so many wonderful and brilliant movies coming out these days and there are so many that I would like to see in 2015.

– Mockingjay Part 2: This movie will be the last movie of The Hunger Games trilogy. The books were great and the movies have been even better so I can’t wait to see how it all ends on the big screen.

What I'd like to See in the New Year

Frozen 2: Frozen took the world by storm when it first debuted and there have been rumors that Frozen 2 is in the making. I liked the movie Frozen, and it would be cute to see how the story in Arendelle continues.

What I'd like to See in the New Year

– “The Lost Hero”: “The Lost Hero” was a book by Rick Riordan and it was a combination of Percy Jackson and his crew and a new guy named Jason and his friends. It featured Roman gods and new adventures and just like “The Lightning Thief”, “The Lost Hero” would be an awesome movie.

What I'd like to See in the New Year

Also, there are some world problems and beyond our planet things that I hope will be resolved or discovered in the new year.

– The Ebola outbreak has been devastating and not only for the victims and their families but for the entire planet. I hope that a cure will be discovered, the disease will be eradicated, and the world can begin to heal.

What I'd like to See in the New Year

– I would love to see all children happy and healthy throughout the world. All children deserve a family, love, care, knowledge, and support. I would hope that child poverty would also become less of a problem.

What I'd like to See in the New Year

– If another planet like Earth was found, that would be one of the highlights of 2015. I’ve always been fascinated with extraterrestrial life and the possibility of a planet like Earth somewhere out there.

What I'd like to See in the New Year

I am an intermediate-becoming advanced piano player and there is a long list of songs I would love to learn to play and perform.

– “Let it Go” from Frozen: This song is a very pretty song and I have been given the notes for “Let it Go” and I would like to have it mastered in the new year.

What I'd like to See in the New Year

 

– “Someone Like You” by Adele: The instrumentals for this song are really interesting and it seems like a fun challenge.

What I'd like to See in the New Year

– Classical Sheet Music: There are a large number of wonderful songs written by the masters of the piano like Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven and learning to play their songs.

What I'd Like to See in the New Year
Sports are a huge part of my life and since I missed half of the year for an injury, I would like to accomplish these things for the upcoming year.

– For tennis, I would like to be ranked in the top 20’s or 30’s for the 16’s division in my state. It will be my first year in this division and I will be on the younger end but I enjoy a challenge and plan to work hard for my competitive season and high school season.

What I'd Like to See in the New Year

– For volleyball, I plan to work even harder than last year to get a whole lot better than I was before I was injured. I want my all-round playing skills to improve and same with my leadership skills.

What I'd Like to See in the New Year

– For dance, I would like to continue with my tap, jazz, and maybe ballet lessons. I hope to become more flexible and get my needle and get my middle splits and left splits back.

What I'd Like to See in the New Year

Academics are additionally important and I have many things I’d like to achieve for the new year.

– Get an A in my Advanced Algebra 2 class. I was really, really close to getting an A in that class last semester and I know that by eliminating my silly mistakes and by working even harder, I can get that A.

What I'd Like to See in the New Year

– Always start on homework and projects the day they are assigned. I did a good job of this during the first semester, but I really want to break the habit of holding off on a map or an essay until the moment. This will make my life so much less stressful if I do everything the day it is assigned or break up the work evenly for a project.

What I'd Like to See in the New Year

– Have a 4.5 GPA or above at the end of the school year. As previously mentioned, I ended the first semester with a 4.5 GPA and I felt pretty good about that. I enjoy a challenge, so I hope to get my GPA even higher.

What I'd like to See in the New Year

Have a safe and wonderful new year! I hope you plan to do many great things in 2015. Make every day count and best wishes!

What I'd Like to See in the New Year

Gift Ideas for Family Members

The holiday season has arrived! So that means it’s probably time to go Christmas shopping, right? Shopping for gifts can be somewhat difficult and tough if you don’t know what to get someone. You want it to be useful and meaningful and just the right price. It can get really complicated and stressful. Here are a few gift ideas for your family members that will warm their spirits on Christmas morning and for the years ahead:

1. Something handmade (Ex. blankets, food, a scarf, artwork, etc.) Family members love when a gift comes directly from you. It was made by you and for whoever gets it. Handmade gifts have a lot of meaning and are very fun to make. My sister and I made fleece blankets that you tie for our aunt and uncle and grandpa, and they were so much fun to make and the blankets will be really useful and warm for them to use.

Gift Ideas for Family Members
This isn’t one of the blankets my sister and I made, but this is the idea of the fleece blanket.

2. Clothing. Clothing is always a good gift idea for family members. It’s always handy to get extra clothes. Additionally, it’s nice to get new stuff and show off your new shirt or pants or shoes.

Gift Ideas for Family Members

3. Something your family members enjoy. If your uncle is a big Broncos fan, or if your cousin loves “The Fast and Furious”, get them a gift revolving around one of their favorite things. They might like a cool jersey with their favorite player’s number, or a newly-released movie, or the next book in their favorite series.

Gift Ideas for Family Members

4. Jewelry. This leans more towards the girls and women in your family, but a pretty necklace or a cute pair of diamond earrings can make a girl feel even more special when she opens her gift. Jewelry can be worn for a long time and shows how you really feel about your family members.

Gift Ideas for Family Members

But in the end, it’s never about the gifts. The best thing you can give your family members is your love, care, and attention. You spend time together to make memories and have a good time and you want your family to know how much you love and care for them. Keep these things in mind this holiday season. Stay warm and Merry Christmas!

Gift Ideas for Family Members
Happy Holidays everyone!

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

Finals week is here! For a lot of students this can be the most stressful week of the first semester. Here are the top ten ways to prepare for finals:

10. Be organized with your school materials. Have your class materials organized so that when you go to study, you aren’t scrambling through your backpack and folders. I do my best to color code my folders with my notebooks so that when finals come around, I know exactly which notebook goes with which folder.

9. Dress appropriately on finals days. It has been proved that when you dress up nicely for a test, you do better than when you wear just a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt. It gets your mind in the mood that you are doing something important and it tells your brain that the test really matters. You don’t have to come to school wearing a full on tuxedo or a business dress but you want to dress nice and comfortable.

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

8. Eat a healthy breakfast. You want to be well nourished when you take a test, especially a final. This helps your body function properly and helps you think clearly when you take a test.

7. Coming in at number seven, I would highly suggest checking your grade daily, about a week prior to finals. By doing this, you are keeping a close eye on your grade and you know exactly what grade you have going into the final. Additionally, know what grade you need to get on the final to keep your grade or boost it. I suggest the app, Exam Calculator. You just plug in your grade, the grade you want, and then the weight of the final.

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

6. Communicate with your teachers. At least a week or two before finals, talk to your teachers about your grade and see if there is anything that can be made up or turned in if it is missing. This not only shows your teachers that you care, but it also helps you study and prepare for finals in advance.

5. Stick to your normal routine. If you’re the type of person that always comes home from school, takes a nap, and then stays up doing homework or studying, stick to it. If you’re the type of person the drinks coffee every morning, then stick to it. If you try to adjust your normal routine by suddenly going to bed later or drinking coffee in the morning, you are mentally psyching yourself out. You are confusing your brain and you just won’t perform as well on the finals.

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

4. Relax during the test. During the test, let your knowledge take over. Since the first day of school you have been learning and preparing for the final in one way or another. Believe in your education and trust that you know what you’re doing. If you don’t pay attention in class and if you don’t study, then I would be worried. Good luck in that case!

3. Pace yourself. There are always time limits for finals so make sure to keep an eye on the time. You want to make sure you finish the test in a comfortable amount of time.

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

2. Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping is a good time to rest your body. Also, by getting a good amount of sleep, you feel fresh and ready to tackle your tests. For teenagers, it is recommended to get about 9-10 hours of sleep a night.

1. Study! Unless you’re a super genius and you memorize everything the minute you see it, you should study for your finals! How would you expect to do well if you don’t prepare for the test? Studying boosts your confidence in the materials and helps you keep good time on the test.

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Finals

Good luck to everyone this week! I hope these tips help you succeed during finals!

Bright and Dark: A JFK Poem

In my language arts class in school, we had to do a project based on a non-fiction book. I chose to read “The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson. One of the projects I had to do was a creative piece and I was inspired to write a poem based on my reaction to the book, titled “Bright and Dark”. Here it is:

Bright eyes, bright mind,
Bright thoughts, bright future,
You would think he should always stay.

Dark eyes, dark mind,
Dark thoughts, dark future,
Destroyed one beautiful day.

Bright mind thought to make the world better,
The dark thought to get the fame.
For the future, in short time the bright shared his letter,
The dark thought he won but he lost his game.

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 Bright and Dark: A JFK Poem

The book about John F. Kennedy was a very fascinating and meaningful book and I would highly recommend it to most young-adult and adult readers. It has a lot of very good information and gives many details. JFK was a very special and good person in the world and he did good things and has inspired hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. “I look forward to a great future for America- a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.” -John Fitzgerald Kennedy