Photo credit Yolo right? (For those that are totally uncool… You Only Live Once = YOLO)   So let’s chat about yolo for a bit. We all think it’s just this funny saying to give you a reason to do something. “I’m gunna be a little late to class today. Why? Because yolo.” But we take for granted that we do only live once. Once a day passes by, it’s gone forever. The average human being gets 27 thousand days (knowledge sourced from my manager at Publix). That’s it. So we should really not use the the term yolo loosely, but quite literally!   “So Aaron, you think I should start a food fight? Take the title literally right?” Well, not exactly, but yes. All I am saying is, I wish instead of freaking out over homework all the time, I took a step off the path and smelled the […]

Photo Credit The Secret Meaning   Finding Nemo may just be a children’s movie to tell a story about a clownfish who lost his son, Nemo, to you. However, what if I was here to tell you there is a secret meaning behind it all. A meaning you can use for when you have kids of your own and a meaning you can use now to explain your own behavior as a teenager? That is exactly what we will unravel as we look at each major set of events in Disney’s Finding Nemo. Everyone knows the tragic story of Finding Nemo. Marlin and Coral, the two clownfish, are marveling at their soon to be children when a barracuda comes to eat. Coral dies protecting her kids and Marlin is devastated. This event causes the setup of the entire message so pay attention here. Marlin refuses to let anything bad happen […]

Photo Credit A timeline of the high school years to keep you on track – “What am I supposed to be doing now?” This is the question I always ask myself. I’m not much of a “big picture” type person. Some of us need a step by step plan. That is what this blog is for. What you should be doing each year of high school for you to be ready for your life ahead (college or not). This is all the best case scenario, however, it doesn’t need to be followed exactly. If you’ve already missed some things, it’s not too late! So anyways, here’s the plan: Freshman Year: This can be the scariest year of high school. New surroundings, new friends, new teachers, new expectations… because you’re in high school now. Your time in school is winding down and it’s time to get serious about life. How far […]

Photo Credit A Job in high school and college You have to be a certain type of person in order to get your first job in high school. A job can, and will take up your time and they expect you to have an open availability for any time you aren’t in school. However, most teenagers in high school have more priorities than just school. On top of that, you still have school! Homework, tests, quizzes, notebook checks, reading assignments, and more. Having a job on top of all of that takes a certain type of person. It has to do with how busy you are, (or think you are), how well you are doing in school, and how much you can handle. If you’re anything like me, you will be stretched in 20 different directions and allow to be stretched in even more. Accept that you can’t make everyone […]

MLA Format: The Simplest Guide Skip the google searching! We have everything you need to know right here and the easiest way to do it! From students who have been there and have learned the latest tricks! So your teacher asks you to write a five page paper in MLA format. Don’t know how? Simple. We will explain everything very simply so you understand. From the overall layout, to references, to citations!   Background The MLA (Modern Language Association) format, is one of the most popular writing formats (if not the most popular) used for literature based classes such as, English class. While its brethren, APA, is used for social science courses. These formats are used to organize information and to ensure proper use of citing information is used. Ya know, because plagiarism is bad.   Overall Layout I’m going to start off with the greatest tip to save you […]

Photo Credit Procrastination: The Named Evil We have all tried to fight it and ultimately epically failed at doing so. We have all even believed that we can avoid it by basically reprimanding ourselves before it starts its potent reign. Procrastination. This named evil has haunted students for centuries and it’s not going to stop any time soon. So for that, I’m here to tell you some things that have helped me overcome it. There’s no arguing that procrastination is a strong force of nature which means that you will A. need a strong reward and B. to fake it until you make it! Being a student, well a good one, is one of the most underrated jobs in society; we go through so many psychological and physical predicaments as we go through our school career, most of which could’ve been avoided if you didn’t wait until the night before […]

The Simplest Guide for APA Format So your teacher asks you to write a five page paper in APA format. Don’t know how? Simple. We will explain everything very simply so you understand. From the overall layout, to references, to citations! Background APA (American Psychology Association) format is the most popular format for writing for the social sciences. AKA: Writing for your world history class or psychology. While its brethren, the MLA (Modern Language Association) format, is used for more literature based classes such as, English class. These formats are used to organize information and to ensure proper use of citing information is used. Ya know, because plagiarism is bad. Overall Layout I’m going to start off with the greatest tip to save you tons of time, get word 2013! They have an APA template you can easily use and just fill in the blanks! Google Docs has a version […]

Photo Credit All About The Resume Looking for your first job? One of my pet-peeves is in high school they do not teach you properly how to build a resume. (They may teach you in some classes you are required to take freshman year, but that is at a time where it is too early!) Students need to be taught either their junior or senior year on how to properly build a resume, cover letter, and overall, land the job they are looking for! Since high schools do not cover it, I will! Take your seats because class is in session. It is time to learn how to make your resume! A Brief Description A resume needs to be a list of your accomplishments and current projects. This piece of paper needs to sell you and that is how you need to imagine it in order to understand what is […]

Having trouble waking up on time for school or are you having a bad day constantly? You are in the right place then!   Waking up is one the hardest parts of the day for some people, but it also is the most crucial. Believe it or not, there is a lot of truth to the cliche, waking up on the wrong side of the bed sets you up for a bad day. You can either wake and tell yourself you are going to have a great day, wake up and tell yourself you are going to have a bad day, or just tell yourself it is going to be like any other day. Through the time I have you here, I will not only show you how this cliche works, but tell you how you can wake up making everyday a great day, as well as, a productive one. […]

Have you ever thought about change? Thought about what would happen if you switched schools or switched classes? Many people, especially teenagers are afraid of change. Afraid of something new, in other words, afraid of the unknown. But who can blame you if you feel this way, everyone likes to know what they are getting into right? Right! But sometimes, the old just gets too… umm, well, old! And when this happens, we should find something new to not only replace the old, but the crucial element of bettering the old! Let me share a story with you to help you understand:   A summary of the book, “Who Moved My Cheese,” By Spencer Johnson, M.D.   Once upon a time, two humans and two mice lived in a maze. Their whole life was spent in this maze and all they knew was that they needed cheeze to live, but […]

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