Chaos In Our Schools

Chaos In Our Schools

Are We Listening?
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As many of you may know there has been a very popular video circulating on the internet. The basis of this video is a teen boy in high school who begins a conversation with another student by writing messages back and forth on a desk. It goes scene by scene through the school’s classrooms, hallways and library to follow the journey of the student. At the end of the video the mystery girl that he has been writing to is revealed as they are signing yearbooks in their school’s gym. In the middle of their conversation another student enters the gym and begins shooting. It cuts to a black screen and states “While you were watching Evan, another student was showing signs of planning a shooting. But no one noticed.” It then proceeds to show the clips again that we had previously seen from the same video taking a closer look at what is happening in the rest of the scene. The troubled student shows signs of anger by lashing out at others. He is bullied in the hallways. It even shows him looking up shooting videos online. There is a point in the flashback that shows a picture he posted on social media holding a gun with the caption “see you at school”. This emphasizes the ease by which we overlook these kinds of situations every day. These are very real steps taken by troubled students and the fact of the matter is that school shootings are preventable. We, as a society, need to pay closer attention to the problems facing adolescents in schools. There are many aspects of the American education system that needs improvement and very obviously the mental health of its' students is in dire need of attention. One of the first things that comes up as a result when searching the word “depression” on Google is “depression in students” or “depression caused by school”. A general statistic on student depression is that 2.8 million youth age 12-17 had at least one major depressive episode in 2014. Whether it be bullying at the hands of other students or teachers, sleep deprivation, work overload, or self esteem issues, along with a plethora of other issues, the unhealthy environments in schools needs to be addressed. Education is not a one size fits all type of deal and we need to stop treating it that way. With how beautifully shot and how eloquently the material of this video is presented, I feel as though all of you should give this video a watch. Maybe then you can have your eyes opened to the life of a troubled student in your life and how to prevent disaster. It only takes one. Watch the video here.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.
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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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The Lazy Girl's Guide To The Gym

Also, everything else you should know if you're a slightly out-of-shape girl (like me).

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With my freshman year coming to an end, I realized a lot of things. I made new friends, I found new hobbies, and I learned a lot of lessons. One of them being that the "Freshman 15" is very real and very scary.

While my friends and family have attempted multiple times to convince me that I'm just being dramatic (I am), I still want to make a change in my lifestyle or I will, in all seriousness, be on track to the "Sophomore 20".

Here is a list of my best gym and healthy lifestyle tips that I am slowly attempting to live by this summer in order to resurrect Emily's 18-year-old body and health.

1. Increase water intake.

2. Find a gym buddy.

3. Start off with cardio.

4. Don't stop on your cardio until you're dripping in sweat.

5. Chug a LOT of water an hour before the gym.

Do not do it right before, or you will be in pain.

6. Eat light beforehand but just enough to hold you over. 

7. Plan out what your routine will be BEFORE you get there.

My routine: Elliptical for a mile, Stairmaster for 10 minutes, ab HIIT workout for 10 minutes, 5 more minutes on Stairmaster.

8. Buy healthy foods while you're feeling motivated.

9. Find a gym that isn't too far from your house. 

10. Don't get mad at yourself if you don't see results in a day.

I know this is a hard one.

11. Try fitness classes. 

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