Last Week of School!

We are finally here! Finals week, whoop whoop. But then again, that means four days of more stress and awful tests, but it’s fine.

Looking back on junior year, it. was. hard. I’m not even joking. I remember being a sophomore and thinking that junior year was going to be easy-peezy. I was very wrong. I remember talking to some of my junior friends and asking them about junior year. Some of them said it was going to be easy. Most of them said it was going to be easy, now that I think about it. Haha, they were wrong too. I did take three AP classes, so I guess that factored into the difficulty of the year but still. Oh, man was that rough.

I spent so many nights crying and studying and crying some more. I had so many headaches and I’ve never seen myself more sleep-deprived in my life. I didn’t cry because of friend drama or anything like that, I was actually crying over my homework. I had a wheelbarrow of it every night, it felt like. But other than dealing with the academic stress, this year was actually the best. I had so much fun.

I was in multiple organizations and clubs at school and those helped make my year amazing. I was healthy this year for high school tennis and finally got to play singles, won first in my region, and got to go to state for a third year in a row! Yay. 🙂 I was in NHS and had fun working with different volunteer groups to make my community a better place. In BLUE Crew, which is a group that helps the incoming freshmen transition, I enjoyed getting to know my little ninth-grade nuggets and guide them on the start of their high school journey. In student council, I had a blast planning events and I feel honored to be able to serve as one of the three co-presidents on the executive board for next year. I also was a part of Circle of Friends which is a club that partners students with students in the intensive care learning. I got to eat lunch with one of the sweetest and most amazing kids for the past two years now. I never saw myself doing anything like that, but now it’s something I’m passionate about and look forward to every week. The kid I eat lunch with has brought a whole new perspective of life to my life and I’m so thankful for the opportunities I had junior year. I’ll get to serve as one of the presidents for Circle of Friends next year too, and I’m pumped to do that as well.

I kept the friends I’ve made over the past couple of years, grown close with some, and even made new friends that I look forward to spending senior year with. It’s insane that I’m going to be a senior soon. I helped escort yesterday at my high school’s graduation and it’s so hard to believe that I will be graduating next year. AHH!

And so I should probably leave this post here, because I need to go finish studying for my physics final. Have a good week and best of luck to everyone taking finals! 🙂

Last Week of School

Carpe Futurum

Carpe Futurum- seize the future. For my leadership conference I will be attending during the presidential inauguration, we had the opportunity to post a video on YouTube answering a question given to us. I chose to answer the question of “What does carpe futurum mean to me?”.

To me, carpe futurum means to take advantage of the opportunities you are given and never be afraid to take chances.

In my video, I mentioned the opportunity I have this summer to attend IMTA with my modeling and talent agency. Of course I took the opportunity because I know that it’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Attending IMTA will boost my confidence, help me gain different leadership skills, as I will learn how to observe and listen to people in a different way. I will also better develop my communication skills in a professional, more business-like manner. The opportunity with this leadership summit I will be attending also applies to carpe futurum. I know that I want to be in charge of my own dental or medical practice some day and the skills I’ve learned throughout my years in school and in student council as well as what I learn in this summit will prepare me to be the person I see myself as in my future.

This video is kind of embarrassing to me, but my mom insisted on me sharing it with everyone, so, if you feel like watching it, please go right ahead.

Have a good week everyone!

5 Most Influential Women in World History

There are many women in the world throughout history that have had a big impact on our world today. Many women qualified to make this list and it was difficult to narrow it down. Just as a side note, this is my opinion of the top five, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. All information and its rights collected for this post go to their respected owners and companies. Here are the 5 most influential women in world history.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

 

Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts and was raised in a family of Quakers and abolitionists. She spent time working as a teacher and this was when she became inspired to fight for equal pay of women, because women teachers were being paid significantly less than men teachers at the time. After retiring from teaching, she moved to Rochester, New York and dedicated her time to campaigning on political issues like the temperance movement and anti-slavery movement. She even began writing The Revolution which campaigned for women’s rights as well as civil rights. Anthony spoke at many women’s rights and activists conventions which allowed for her to become a more dedicated, active, and confident leader for women’s suffrage. In 1869, alongside Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anthony founded the National Women Suffrage Association which was dedicated to the fight for women’s votes. After the 14th Amendment, which states that all citizens of the United States have equal rights, was passed, Anthony argued that she was able to vote now, but this was not the case and she was arrested. She was given an unfair trial and fined $100, however Anthony defended herself, refusing to pay the fine, and walked away victorious. This strong women’s right activist died in 1906 and women were given the right to vote, fourteen years after her death.

Susan B. Anthony is the most influential women in history because she was one of the major voices in the fight for women’s rights and gaining the women vote. She was vocal through her writing in The Revolution, the many speeches she shared, and the defense of herself in court. Regardless of what the government and others thought of her and her beliefs, Anthony fought for what was right. She campaigned to give women the chance to learn about self-confidence and self-reliance. On top of that, she wrote the “Susan B. Anthony Amendment” which eventually became the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Without Susan B. Anthony, the fight for women’s rights as well as civil rights could have been much more difficult and stretched out. She helped give women a strong voice and the confidence to stand up for themselves in society.

Malala Yousafzai (1997-present)

Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997 in the Swat District of northwestern Pakistan. Her father ran a school in Swat, had a passion for learning, and had always been an advocate for education. Growing up, Malala shared this passion for learning with her father, and wrote her first blog entry for BBC when she was just eleven. Despite the death threats, Malala and her father continued to write and speak out for the right to an education. In 2011, she received the first ever National Youth Peace Prize in Pakistan. Her rising popularity and recognition irritated Taliban leaders, who set out to kill her. On October 9, 2012, the Taliban attacked Malala’s school bus, on the way home from school. Malala was shot, leaving her in critical condition. Two of her friends were also injured in the attack. Malala survived the attack and became a global advocate for girls receiving a formal education. Malala and her father founded the Malala Fund in 2013 to bring about awareness to girls’ education and empower them to raise their voices, unlock their potential, and demand change. For her efforts and dedication to empowering girls, Malala Yousafzai, received the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2014 and she donated the prize money to financing the building of a secondary school for girls in Pakistan. She continues to fight for girls and their right to an education.

Malala Yousafzai is the second most influential woman in the world because of her dedication and courage to fight for the right to an education for girls in Pakistan. Despite the threats and her almost-death, Malala has worked hard, writing and speaking about giving girls a formal, high-quality education. She is a humble, intelligent, resilient, and selfless woman who has been willing to sacrifice her time and donate the money she has been given to better the education and lives of girls.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884 and was the niece of Theodore Roosevelt. Her parents passed away when she was young, and so she was raised by her maternal grandmother. In 1905, Eleanor married Franklin D. Roosevelt, her distant cousin. Eleanor became active in the American Red Cross during WWI. When FDR became the president in 1933, Eleanor became the first lady, and she reinvented the position and how people looked at it. She showed the world that the first lady had an important place in American politics, as she spoke out for human rights, children’s, and women’s rights. She also was vocal against racial discrimination, wanted to help America’s poor people, and travelled abroad to comfort and support American troops during WWII. After FDR’s death in 1945, Eleanor was appointed as a delegate of the United Nations General Assembly and also as a chair member of the U.N.’s Human Rights Commission where she helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. President Kennedy appointed Eleanor to the National Advisory Committee of the Peace Corps and to the chair of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. After a long life, filled with countless hours of service to her country, Eleanor Roosevelt died on November 7, 1962.

Eleanor Roosevelt is the third most influential women of all time because she transformed the position of the first lady. First ladies before Eleanor had stayed in the background and handled more domestic matters, however, Eleanor reinvented it by getting involved in speaking for rights and equality of all people. She wanted to use her position to support Americans regardless of who they were or where they were. First ladies after her were inspired to do similar things and stand out next to their husband. Eleanor served on many important commissions and assemblies that had a huge impact on the United States and the rest of the world. She helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and give equal rights and protection to people all over the world. Her gritty personality and character helped her accomplish the many goals she had planned for herself and the world. This is what makes her the third most influential woman in the world.

Catherine the Great (1729-1796)

Catherine was born in Stettin, Prussia on May 2, 1729 with the birth name Sophie Friederike Auguste. In 1744, she travelled to Russia with her mother to meet the Russian empress, Elizabeth and her son Grand Duke Peter. A year later, she married the grand duke, becoming Russian royalty. She then converted to the Russian Orthodox church and changed her name to Catherine, despite the objections of her Lutheran father. Peter, Catherine’s husband was childish and acted immature towards becoming ruler of Russia some day. After the death of Empress Elizabeth in 1761, Peter III and Catherine assumed the throne. Peter was abusive and cruel towards the young Russian empress and mistreated others of the Russian noble class. Alongside a secret lover whom was a lieutenant in Russia, Catherine was able to unseat her husband and take the throne. During her reign, Catherine withdrew soldiers from Denmark who had been sent by Peter, strove to outlaw capital punishment and torture, promoted equality among all people, documented how the legal system should run, expanded Russia’s territory, promoted education and the arts, and fought to fix the serfs’ situation. After several decades of absolute rule, Catherine was believed to have suffered a stroke and died on November 17, 1796.

Catherine the Great is the fourth most influential woman of all time because of the many accomplishments and growth of Russia during her rule. She spoke out against capital punishment and torture, doing whatever she could to outlaw it. In the Nakaz, Catherine explained how the government would run. This allowed for the Legislative Commission to be founded and for the first time in Russian history, people from all over the empire could voice their opinions and thoughts on the issues and needs of Russia. The Nakaz didn’t immediately influence anything in Russia but it was praised for its ideas. By promoting education and art, Catherine was able to create a boarding school for girls and free schooling throughout many towns in Russia. The building of ballet theaters and opera houses gave people the opportunity to be entertained and immersed in music and art. This created a more educated, well-rounded, and creative Russian population.

Hatshepsut (1508 BCE-1458 BCE)

Hatshepsut was born in 1508 as an only child King Thutmose I and Queen Ahmose and was expected to become a queen of Egypt. She was married to her half-brother, Thutmose II at the age of 12 after the death of her father and assumed the role of wife and queen of Egypt. Thutmose II died after a fifteen year rule, and since her son, Thutmose III was just an infant, Hatshepsut served as her son’s regent and took the role of pharaoh in Egypt. To assert her authority, Hatshepsut dressed as a pharaoh would and this included wearing a fake beard. Under her rule, Egypt prospered as Hatshepsut dedicated her time and energy to economic prosperity as well as building and restoring monuments. She had a successful trading expedition to Punt which brought back ivory, gold, and myrrh trees and was immortalized on a temple built during her rule. The female pharaoh died in 1458 and her son, Thutmose III became pharaoh of Egypt, erasing all traces of his mother’s rule in Egypt.

Hatshepsut is considered the fifth most influential woman in history because of her hard work to improve Egypt’s economy and improve the monuments throughout Egypt and Nubia. She wanted many temples and other buildings to be built and that did happen during her rule. She differed from others Egyptian rulers in her dynasty, in that she focused more on the economy and building of monuments than expanding the land of Egypt, and that is why the civilization was able to thrive during her reign. In addition to that, Hatshepsut had been one of the very few women to become pharaoh in Egypt and maintain that position with full power.

If you would like more information on the ladies above, here are a few websites to read from:

http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/hatshepsut

http://www.biography.com/people/hatshepsut-9331094#reign

https://www.malala.org/malalas-story

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2014/yousafzai-bio.html

http://www.biographyonline.net/women/susan-b-anthony.html

http://susanbanthonyhouse.org/her-story/biography.php

http://www.biographyonline.net/politicians/american/eleanor-roosevelt.html

http://www.biography.com/people/eleanor-roosevelt-9463366#synopsis

http://www.biography.com/people/catherine-ii-9241622#education-and-the-arts

http://www.biographyonline.net/royalty/catherine-the-great.html

 

A Holiday Letter to Readers…

It’s that special time of year! Every year my family sends out a Christmas letter to family and friends updating them on how we’re doing and our journey throughout the year. My dad always writes the letter and he does a great job making it entertaining and worth reading. I figured I might write my readers a holiday letter, so here goes!

Dear readers,

This year has been quite an adventure! Those adventures ranged from making new friends and being with family and old friends to having surgery on my ankle and other crazy events.

My sister is a freshman and I am a sophomore in high school. We’re both doing well school and keeping up good grades. I’m glad to be at the same school as my sister again. Go Eagles! We are each other’s best friends and we get along well. My two dogs Marty and Boo, are still running around, barking, singing to the piano, and being the most adorable dachshunds I’ve ever met. They enjoy begging for carrots and whatever else they can get to eat from my grandma who is visiting us from the Republic of Georgia.

My parents are keeping busy with work and running my sister from practice to practice. My mom is working as a dental hygienist and selling her children’s book Lola and Sir Germs-a-lot. There may be a few more books coming out soon, so keep an eye out on Amazon or Xlibris. My dad is working from home with business and economic research. He also coaches my sister and I in tennis and is busy working with my sister and getting her to club volleyball practices. As mentioned earlier, my grandma from Georgia (not the state) is staying with us for a few months. She is a wonderful, sweet person and it’s been great having her with us the past few months.

This year has been filled with some lows but mostly highs. I had to have surgery on my ankle to resolve some issues I had with it and that caused me to miss another season of high school volleyball which was a bummer but I was able to really focus on school and take time to recover. Because of my ankle issues, I was able to meet some really amazing people that I now consider good, close friends that I hope I can keep in touch with for a long time. My birthday this year was my sweet 16 and it was a good, memorable day. I made some new and really good friends at school this year and I feel like I’ve been able to make a difference in my community through sports, school, and my blog.

My blog hit over 2,500 views this year and that means a lot to me. I’m glad that people are reading my blog and I hope that you all enjoy reading it! I hope that my blog is something you look forward to reading and it encourages you to try something new or learn about something you didn’t know how to do or didn’t know about.

My ankle is recovering well, I know the rest of the school year is going to be great, and I’m looking forward to high school tennis season! I wish you Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year.

With love,
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Ana Horvath

How to Be a Babysitter

For about a month, I’ve been pretty busy babysitting. Being a babysitter requires social skills, time, responsibility, and creativity. Babysitting is extremely fun and I enjoy doing whatever I can to help others, so it’s something I’m doing more and more often.

I wrote this blog post for a school assignment and I thought it would be good to share with you all. Here are a few tips on how to be a great babysitter. Just kidding, these are actually some very sarcastic tips on how to be a babysitter. Enjoy!

Congrats newly minted babysitter!

Welcome to the wonderful world of babysitting! Here are a few tips on how to succeed in the babysitting industry:

1. Don’t exchange information with the parents. When you first arrive at the house, the parents will mostly likely ask for your phone number and maybe your email. Don’t give them your information and never ask for their’s. You don’t want them scamming you and remember the rules with stranger danger.

2. If you are babysitting when the kids have to go to sleep, tell them scary stories before bed. Make sure it’s scary to the point that the child is screaming and possibly crying. Kids love stories before bed, and by telling them a scary story, you accomplish another task on your babysitting list.

3. Feed the kids a bunch of candy and sugary foods. Most children love sweet treats like candy, cookies, and ice cream so give them what they love! You’ll be extremely popular with the little ones and watching them bounce off of the walls can be very entertaining.

4. Make yourself at home. A majority of parents will tell you to “make yourself at home” which basically means “get comfortable and do whatever makes you feel at home”. Eat the food, watch some T.V., and even sleep in the parents’ bed if that makes you feel at home. If you really feel like making the house feel like your own, change up the place a little and let our your inner interior designer.

5. Show the kids where all of the dangerous items are. By telling the children where the dangerous items are, they will be aware of them. Make sure the objects are visible and easy to reach just in case the kids need to defend themselves or use any of the items.

6. Leave all of the doors and windows open. Leaving the windows and doors open allows for fresh air to circulate throughout the house. Also, everyone on the outside can observe what is going on inside the house, and you, the fearless and protective babysitter, can observe everything that is happening outside so you can protect the kids.

7. Introduce the concept of procrastination to the kids if they have homework. Homework isn’t important until the night before it’s due, so emphasize that to the children. Procrastinating will improve the kids’ performance in school because performing under stress forces kids to work harder to get their homework done.

8. If the family you’re babysitting for has pets, leave the doggy door or cat door closed. The doggy door or cat door is the only way a pet can escape, so by closing off their only way of escape, you prevent them from running away.

9. Respond to every phone call the house receives. The parents don’t need any messages. You’re there to answer the phone so you will answer and make decisions for the parents.

10. Remember that YOU are in charge. You are the one getting paid, so you need to make it crystal-clear to the parents that they pay you the amount you want to be paid, you will do what you want, their children will follow your rules, and the parents arrive at home when you tell them to. If you tell the parents to be home at 9 pm, and they say they’re running late and will be there at 9:45, get out of there. The kids were your responsibility until 9 and after that, they aren’t your problem.

Good luck!

How to Be a Babysitter

 

A Note to Incoming Freshmen…

School is starting back up. Yay? I remember coming in as a freshman into high school was a very new and overwhelming experience. So here’s a letter to all of the incoming freshmen. Even if you aren’t going to be an incoming freshman, you might be able use some of this advice.

 

Dear Incoming Freshmen,

Going into high school can be kind of scary and intimidating and overwhelming, especially on the first day, but you’ll get used to it. You might have trouble finding your classes at first and a hard time with your locker combo but like I said earlier, you’ll learn the tricks and remember what you need to, and everything will be okay. And if you don’t have problems with any of that stuff, then good for you! You really know what you’re doing. 🙂 The sophomores and upperclassmen might be intimidating and scary and mean, but they were once in your position and know exactly what you’re going through. They are actually pretty nice, helpful, and good to be around, once you get to personally know them.

Make sure you study hard and work hard in all of your classes. Take notes, ask questions, and try your hardest on everything. A lot of students think it’s okay and cool to put little effort into projects and papers. They think it’s cool to ditch class and “go to the bathroom” to hang out with friends. Honestly, it looks silly and kind of embarrassing. Think about it this way, is it more impressive to have good grades and be successful in school or be to known as the “cool” kid who never works hard in class, doesn’t turn in papers and homework, and ditches to go to Starbucks, or wherever people go when they ditch? In the end, all of your hard work will pay off and you can do whatever you want to do with your life. If you work hard in school, you can go to a good college, and then have a solid job and good life. Nothing comes just like that.

Also, be yourself. You probably hear this a lot these days. “Be yourself”, “don’t be afraid to show who you really are”, and “don’t listen to what others have to say about you” are all pretty common things said these days, especially to teens who are figuring out who they are. In high school, most people are figuring out who they are and what they want to do with their lives. You might already know what you want to do with your life and you might not, and either way is okay. People will pressure you to become something and do certain things like ditch class or cheat and things like that. If you want to take that road, no one’s stopping you. If you don’t want to do that, then say no and stand up for what you want to do and what you think is right. Joining clubs or sports in school are good ways to meet people you want to be around. If you want to wear sweatpants and a t-shirt everyday, then you do that or if you want to join theater or do sports then you do that. To sum this huge paragraph all up, you shouldn’t feel pressured to be something you aren’t. Do what you feel is right and, well, be yourself.
And of course, have fun. Enjoy every moment and make the most of it!

Sorry if this note turned into a pretty long letter! Haha. I know all of you will do well your freshman year. I wish you all the best of luck with this year and the rest of your high school career. Make the most of your year, class of 2019! Good luck incoming freshmen!

Best of luck,

Ana Horvath

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It’s a Blogiversary!

Last Monday, June 8th was the official one year anniversary of this blog, anahorvath.com! I’m really proud of all of the work I’ve put into this blog and what it has become. I’m also super excited for the years to come with this blog. I guess you could say this was a blogiversary!

 

It's a Blogiversary!

Over the past year, I have published 53 blogs, 54 including this one. There have been blogs about tips for tennis tournaments, setting tips for volleyball, modeling stories, top ten kids’ TV shows and rainy day foods, cupcake reviews, a tribute to JFK, poems, little videos, “Did You Know?” posts, life stories, business related essays, weekend reviews, things I was hoping for in the new year, holiday gift ideas, stuff about dogs, and all other kinds of things.

It's a Blogiversary!

 

I hope to keep this blog up and continue writing. I also hope that all of my readers have enjoyed this blog over the past year and look forward to it in the future. I will still post blogs every Sunday and do my best to keep it up to date.

It's a Blogiversary!

WordPress has been a wonderful website to work with and put my blog onto. It has been super smooth and whenever there were issues, the people working for WordPress were extremely helpful and solved the problems quickly and also answered questions when needed. If you are looking to start a website and a blog, I highly suggest using WordPress to run it.

It's a Blogiversary!

Thanks again to all of my readers and there are more exciting and interesting blogs to come!

Writing Letters

About two weeks ago at my church, there was a bulletin board up with a bunch of pictures and descriptions of children in Kenya that were a part of Global Hope. Global Hope is a humanitarian organization that works to promote care and love and support for kids that have been abandoned are orphans, and that are at risk. All of the kids at Spring Valley, which is a school, were a part of this letter writing event where you write a letter to as many kids as you like, and they have the chance to connect with you and respond.

Here are some brief descriptions of the kids that I am writing to:

Cyndrine- Cyndrine is an eleven year old girl in class seven. She lives with her younger brother and mom. She is safe at a nice dormitory where food and safety are provided.

Purity- This seven-year old girl lives with her parents, two brothers, and one sister. She is in class two at Spring Valley. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

Wendy- Wendy is fifteen years old and lives with her mother and younger sister. She is working hard to accomplish her dreams of becoming a lawyer.

Virginia- Virginia is sixteen years old. She lives with both of her parents. She is a wonderful musician and wants to be a musician in the future.

Getting the chance to write to these kids is very inspiring and makes you do a lot of thinking about life and friendship. From this, I hope to make a few new friends and get to know more about Global Hope and the world.

Writing Letters

For more information on Global Hope, here is their website link: globalhope.org