Let Me Introduce You To The Man Behind The Keyboard

Let Me Introduce You To The Man Behind The Keyboard

A little glimpse into my life story.

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I have to say this before I begin. Everything that I have accomplished so far, I dedicate to my parents Varno and Dawn Harris. Without them in my life, I wouldn't be where I am right now. Neither of my four other siblings would be where they are right now if it wasn't for them, and for that I am grateful.

I was born on April 1st, 2000. I have a twin brother named Varno Harris. Even though at times we don't see eye to eye, he's my brother, and I love him to death. Ever since I can remember, I always had a passion for video games and technology. My mother always said that when she was pregnant her stomach would glow green from me and my brother playing Xbox in her.

When I was 4 years old, I moved to Westlake, Ohio to begin my school year in kindergarten. At the time, I really didn't know what race really was and never fully grasped what it meant to be an African-American in America. My father has always talked about race and what to expect from people. He would, and still, shares his experiences while he was growing up and always talked about black history. Learning these things at a young age has allowed me to grow up as the young adult I am today, and I am blessed for that.

My parents have always said that I am a natural-born leader, and looking back I have shown the traits of one. I started playing tackle football in the 6th grade. My dad coached every athletic team I have been on (except high school teams). I remember one game distinctively out of every other game. I played defensive end. We were getting crushed on the right side of the line, and there was this one kid who was scared to make a tackle.

Time after time we kept getting beat. I ran up to my dad and told him I could take over for the kid. My dad asked me multiple times, "Are you sure you want to go in there?" Confidently, I replied yes. And sure enough, I stopped the kid multiple times and made the offense stop running the ball on my side. At the time, I really didn't think what I did showed leadership, but as I got older I soon realized it did.

In my freshman year of high school, I knew I had to focus in order to get into a good college. At the time, I knew that I wanted to be a computer programmer and make video games when I'm older. I began to take programming classes not only at school but at Hyland Software as well. And I have to say that I've learned a lot. I also took part in sports such as football and track. I was involved in our newspaper, band, and WHBS, in which I earned the title of Morning Announcements Director. I even started a weekly show called WHBS Friday Morning News, located on YouTube.

In my junior year, I decided to make a YouTube channel. I have to thank my 16-year-old self for that decision because that's where I found my true passion: writing. The first thing I wrote was a "Wonder Woman" (2017) movie review. Then I wrote a review about a game called "Dungeon Defenders." Surprisingly, a freelance writing group called TheLootGaming found my reviews on my channel and asked me to write for their team. The team is constantly growing, and I hope to reach even bigger places. I then found another organization known as BonusState.co.uk and began writing for them as well.

Through all the events that I have been through, they led me to getting accepted into Miami University. My two older sisters Imani and Jada Harris both attended the school and both came out smarter and are both achieving their life goals at jobs that they are very proud to be a part of. This influenced my decision in attending the university, and I do not regret my decision in the slightest.

For those reading this who are interested to get to know me on a personal level next week, I'll be submitting an article talking about my certain interests, my personalitiy and my experiences in school, etc. So stay tuned for that coming up.

This young man behind the keyboard is so much more than an average teenager. With the support of his family and loved ones, he hopes to become the very best gaming journalist he can be. He may even start his own company one day, who knows.

The sky's the limit.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.


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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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