Things To Focus OnOther Than The Election

Things To Focus OnOther Than The Election

Open your eyes to all the good happening around you

With the past election, it's the only thing we see on social media now. Whether its good or bad, its all the talk. However, a good majority of it are bad comments or funny memes and videos. While some may think it's OK to post these things, sometimes there's a line you can't cross and people have been doing that. Whether you agree or disagree with the results, we need to stop spreading hate, accept what has happened, and move on with our lives. Once you stop thinking about the elections, you'll have opened your eyes to other things going in the world. So here are 15 current news stories happening to get your mind off of the elections.

1. Toys R Us has opened stores for 'Quiet Hour' to accommodate kids with autism

Toys R Us now opens one hour early so that kids with autism can browse the shelves without the distraction of bright lights or loud noises.

2. A groundbreaking new blood test has a 90% success diagnosing concussions

Now you can get blood drawn within 72 hours after an injury and scientists will measure your metabolites to see if any distinct patterns have occurred. This breakthrough will make the process easier and possibly more accurate than ever before.

3. A NFL player spends his week giving books and reading to kids

Malcolm Mitchell uses his bye week to read to children throughout the Savannah-Chatam County public school system in Savannah, Georgia and he donates 3,700 copies of his new children's book "The Magician's Hat."

4. A candy theft victim is rewarded by his car being filled with Kit Kats

Hunter Jobbins, a freshman college student, had only a Kit Kat stolen from his car. He then tweeted about it, which ended up being viewed by the Kit Kat headquarters. They then sent him 6,500 Kit Kats which Hunter then passed out to fellow college students and used the hashtag #KitKatsForEveryone

5. Young girl uses google translate to become friends with a new student

10-year-old Raphael recently started school in Temecula, California, after previously living in Mexico. Amanda Moore, another student at the school, noticed he was sad so she used google translate to write him a note saying: "Would you like to sit with me today? Look for me and I will show you where I sit. We can color or simply tell scary stories. Thank you for your time."

6. The U.S added 161,000 jobs

This now brings the unemployment rate down to 4.9%

7. A man surprised his dog by dressing up as her favorite chew toy

Ben Mesches dressed up as a life sized Gumby doll and the golden retriever couldnt' contain her excitement,.

8. A promise to his father, a son goes to his father's graveside and listens to the Cubs' game

This father and son made a pact that they would watch the cubs win the world series game together. It took 36 years, but the son wasn't going to break that promise. The morning of the game, the son drove from North Carolina to Indiana and sat by his father's graveside with a portable radio and flashlight to listen to the tremendous win.

9. A college student recycled hotel soap to save thousands of Cambodians from disease

Samir Lakhani went to Cambodia one summer to build fishponds with an NBO called Trailblazer Cambodia Organization when he saw a mother washing her child with laundry detergent. This then gave him the idea to create his organization called Eco-Soap Bank which recycles soap from hotels to provide for the less fortunate.

10. An airline pilot surprised his girlfriend with a mid-flight proposal

Dooley Ellis, a pilot, asks his girlfriend to marry him over the loudspeaker and then came out of the cockpit to see her. With flowers and a ring, he got down on one knee and asked the question again in person and of course she said yes.

11. A pit bull rescued from abuse was showered with love from the police who saved her

A pit bull was found very abused and spent about 6 months in an animal hospital, but now she is up for adoption. She's been in the adoption shelter for a while, so some New York police officers took her out to a dog park, she got to ride in a police van, got lots of belly rubs, and was treated to some pup-cakes.

12. A boy mowed lawns all summer to buy a gravestone for a father he never knew

Brandon Bakke, an 11-year-old adopted boy, asked about his biological parents but unfortunately they discovered it was too late for him to meet his biological father. He asked his mom if he could go visit his biological fathers grave but apparently there was no gravestone because the family couldn't afford one. Brandon mowed lawns to raise the money and when he finally raised enough money, he called the gravestone company to purchase a stone, but after hearing his story they gave it to him for no cost. Now Bakke continues to mow lawns and shovel snow with a business he calls "Mowing and Blowing for a Purpose." The majority of what he makes goes to a memorial-stone fund he set up for families who can't afford gravestones.

13. Students with disabilites have the opportunity to be on the cheer team at Pleasant Valley High School

In 2008, they started a cheer team of girls with and without disabilities and has now grown into a nonprofit organization called "The Sparkle Effect." This organization brings in trainers at schools to help kids with disabilities be on sports teams which has led to bigger things such as drama blue, newspaper staff, choir, etc.

14. Website lets you donate to the homeless

A website called HandUp lets you donate to the homeless in an easier and more personal way. HandUp partners with organizations that serve homeless populations. They have the homeless sign up for an account and have them tell their story. This lets people donate but also create a personal connection.

15. Neighbors come together to bring an early Christmas to a woman with terminal cancer

Michelle Fadel was given the news that her cancer has spread and nothing was going to help, but all she wanted to do was celebrate Christmas as soon as possible. Her husband along with 12 of their neighbors put up Christmas decorations. People also brought her cookies and cards and she couldn't had been happier.

After reading all of these great things going on in the US, it should really be a wake up call for you. You are no different than the person you were before the elections. Agree or disagree, one person can't change our morals and values. All I ask is for everyone to keep an open mind and to stop spreading the hate.

Cover Image Credit: Huffington Post

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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6 Best Feelings You Get When Playing Volleyball

While you're avoiding getting hit in the face, you just might gain something in return.


Volleyball can be intimidating to get into, especially if you have had zero experience before. From the extremely bruised forearms to knee burns, it's understandable why people try to avoid this sport as much as possible sometimes. However, after the initial few weeks of struggle, the bruises will disappear, and the knee pains will feel much less terrible. In fact, after experiencing these six feelings, you will get hooked onto the sport.

1. When you get the perfect set

Every team needs a good setter, because without good sets, it is incredibly hard to get good hits. Every once in a while, when you do get that perfect set, you don't have to worry about repositioning closer or further away from the net or where to hit the ball. Instead, all you have to do is swing your arms and hear that satisfying bounce of the ball hitting the floor on the other side of the court.

2. When you dive for a ball and actually save it

Sacrifices to the knees are a must in volleyball, but a lot of times, they're sacrifices in vain. When a dive actually turns into a save, it can be one of the best feelings in the world. Not just because your knees didn't just take another bruise in vain, but because your reflexes have actually improved and you just saved your team a lost point.

3. When you get your first ace

Whether it was your serve that was too fast or the other team that just made a mistake, there's just something extremely satisfying about being able to serve a ball that others cannot return. It may also be due to the fact that you wouldn't have to run back onto the court or spend extra energy on this point, but nevertheless, the pride you feel when you get that ace is priceless.

4. When you find a good team

Some people work better with certain people than others, and when people on your team somehow naturally know how high you liked your sets or covers the areas that you can't at certain moments, as a team you will play much better. This can be attained through training and practice, but when you meet those people who naturally work well with you, you know the game is going to be good.

5. When you get a good rally going

When the ball is going back and forth for five or six times with 3 hits on each side, you have a good rally going on. At the end of it, even if your team loses the point, you'll feel an intense satisfaction from all the adrenaline still coursing through your veins. It's not every day that you can get everyone on the team on their feet, passing, hitting and making great plays!

6. When your teammates become some of your closest friends

This is probably the best reward that you can ever get from playing any sport. Whether it's a group trek to the local donut shop or just walking home together, you could end up meeting some of your closest friends. Volleyball is a team sport, and that bond established through numerous games is something that is irreplaceable. You'll naturally gravitate those who you work well with and find out that honestly, you guys get along pretty well off the court too.

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