4 Reasons Why You Should Join a High School Club or Activity.

4 Reasons Why You Should Join a High School Club or Activity.

High School can be a tricky and difficult time. But with clubs and other activities that are available it can be much more easy.
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High Schools is difficult for everyone whether you want to admit it or not. You are going through an awkward time and you may either fit in right away, or feel like a complete outcast. Teachers and parents seem like they are constantly getting on your back about the smallest things, and you may feel like you have no one to go and talk to. But no matter how well you may fit in (or not), joining a club, sport, or any after school activity extra-curricular will be beneficial to you short term and long term.

Here is why joining a club is beneficial.

1. Meeting New People.

This one may seem really obvious but joining after school activities is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to the school. Joining a club forces you to interact with peers that have similar interests as you! Even if you are the most introverted person, you are destined to develop a relationship with at least one person in the club that you decide to join. From personal experiences I have met some of my best friends from my extra curricular activities and had may new doors open up to me.

2. College applications.

Another really nice things about doing extra curricular activities is that they look really good on college essays/applications. Going and trying new things is something that looks real well on any application. Being known as outgoing is a very highly looked at trait, it shows that you are willing to put yourself out there, be determined, and best of all try new things. Another nice thing is that (depending on the activity) they could help you develop skills that you could use during a college interview.


3. Good Use of Your time.

Productivity is something that us teens seem to constantly have a problem with. Most teens go to schools then come home and spend the rest of the day in front of the television of phone, but activities prohibit this. Teens are also very impressionable and if they fall into the wrong crowd they could fall into consequences such as drug use, or other problems with the law. Clubs are a great way to spend time and a good place with good people to fall back on if you need it.

4. Long Term Benefits.

Maybe the most important reason in why you should join a club is the long term benefits they bring. The classroom isn't the only learning environment in a school, the skills you learn in stuff like clubs are essential skills that can apply to everyday life. Things such as meeting and speaking to new people, keeping an eye on time, and being organized are things you will use every single day of our lives.We will use these skills in different settings but whether you realize it or not they will all trace back to the moments and skills you learned in your high school club.


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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.
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They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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Do You Really Want To Win The Powerball Jackpot? Me Either.

More than $750 million is a life-changing amount of money.

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With the Powerball Jackpot growing higher and higher after each drawing, lottery madness has struck just about everyone.

We've all had those dreams where we win the lottery and get to buy tons of extravagant things. The mansion, the fancy car, the newest iPhone. When you win the lottery all of your worries are gone!

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Would I be concerned about the repairs bill when getting my 2006 car inspected? No.

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If you have ever watched TLC on a Saturday morning, you've probably seen "Lottery Changed My Life." While some of the stories are positive, most of them are negative. The winner and their family are often stalked, harassed and threatened because they won the lottery.

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If we're being realistic, the maximum amount of money I'd want to win is less than $500,000.

$500,000 gives me enough money to pay for my tuition, a nice vacation and maybe a small downpayment on a house or car.

As for the $750 million plus jackpot, Powerball can keep it. I'll stick to the $1-$10 scratch-off tickets at my local gas station.

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