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What is most worth learning about?

There is a wide variety of answers when students think about what is most worth learning. Many will design their “way of learning” to be fun, for example: no homework, listening to music all day, etc. Some people, like me, will actually think this through and think about what really is important to a student and what education is needed to succeed in life. I think loving yourself, building confidence, and learning about taxes, just basic life skills, are what is most worth learning about.

Loving yourself is something big that students need to learn about in their life. Many students who doubt themselves all the time and say, “I can’t do it,” don’t believe in themselves. Loving yourself is a big way to improve your confidence. Many students need this. As I’ve been told before, many students HATE that they do these things to themselves, they WANT to have confidence in themselves, but it’s just extremely difficult. There’s so many students here with anxiety, depression, are anti-social, and frankly scared to speak in class.  I think if we had a class where everyone is confident and love themselves, more students would have much more faith in themselves. They won’t be nervous to present in front of others, they won’t be scared to answer a question in front of class. Basically, school is all about having confidence and loving yourself. If you have those priorities, then you’ll be able to get through life.

Another class or another thing that is worth learning about is all responsibilities we have as adults. For example, my mother, has things like bills, taxes, and job interviews. She is always complaining that she doesn’t know how to do them; she is constantly struggling. My mother always needs someone to help her but since I have not learned those skills I am unable to help. If we are able to have a class about this, Seniors and future seniors wouldn’t have to go into the “real world,” and not know what to do. They would of already learned about these responsibilities and or “skills.” And, they would be able to get through life and thank themselves for taking the class. So, if we had a class about this, we would not be seeking help as our parents needed and we would able to help them and us in the future.

I know the future is about knowledge, but it is also about having confidence and knowing the responsibilities. So, if we learned about this, I guarantee that the future students will be prepared for whatever gets thrown at them in life. These, are just a couple of ideas to what answers the question, what is most learning about?

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The Life of an Immigrant’s Child

When coming into the United States, the first thing you would realize is how amazing the place is or how everyone can basically do whatever they want to do, of course it has to be legal. Having the ability to do what you like and go freely is an amazing feeling. Many people, whom I love so much, had to leave just like the snow does when winter is over. Even though most people get deported, we still need to be proud of where we came from and who we are because it’s makes us the people that we are today. So I’d like to thank my parents for the sacrifices they made for a better for me.

There are many others who work hard just for their family or their own education. Over time many immigrants search for a better future for their family and themselves. In 2014, President Barack Obama signed executive orders directing various agencies in the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security to refrain from deporting some 4 million adult immigrants illegally. If the immigrants are parents of a child that are born here or legally present here and they hold a job, and attend high school diploma, pay taxes, and stay out of prison.

My mom was 12 years old when she first took step into the United States, she never planned for it or thought it would ever happen. She told me stories of how the world was scary for a young child to go through, and that it was the most extreme risky thing that has ever happened to her.  She also told how crossing El Rio Grande (The Grand River) was the most terrifying experience ever. She would have to swim and make sure her sibling didn’t drown because back then, my mom was the 3rd oldest, so she had to take care of her little sibling. My mom would say don’t forget your culture, your family who brought you here, and I came here for a better future for my family and that’s what I want. She would keep telling me that,”Education is important and you need a good job because I could never do what you can.” Of course I would use this for motivation and I know I’m not the only one going through the same thing.

 

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

All I see is a black hole, with no place out. It’s not the first time I’ve been down this road. I’ve seen this many times before. There can actually be a way to get out of this miserable “hole.” A light begins to break through the troubles and through the stress. It’s time to follow that light.

Depression is a very touchy subject to some people, including me. I’ve decided to talk about my experience along this road. First of all, depression isn’t the same thing as sadness. Depression actually causes problems to the functioning of a person and it typically lasts longer than a period of sadness. Sadness, on the other hand, is one of the symptoms of depression. Depression goes way beyond that. In my opinion, it’s not a simple “bad day,” but it’s a series of obstacles that have to be faced every single day, over and over again. I wake up, get dressed, get through the day, and repeat it. Yeah, people tell me that I have friends and family that care about me and love me, but sometimes that doesn’t help. No matter how much people have told me that they’re always going to be here for me, I’ve always pushed them away. There were times where I would lose myself and it would take me a while to return. On those days, I wasn’t exactly present, I wasn’t myself. I thought it was better to distance myself, so that I wouldn’t hurt others in the process of finding myself.

Communication. Communication can be the “light” that breaks through the “black hole”. Whenever a person is depressed, they tend to distance themselves from people that are trying to help. Like I said in the beginning, spilling out emotions can really help take some weight off the shoulders. Talk to someone. Talk all day, if necessary, but let absolutely everything that is bothering you, out. I know that it can be quite difficult to open up to people, even to the closest of friends, but it isn’t good to bottle up everything inside because it can get overwhelming, causing more stress.

Think positive. Thinking positive can also be the “light”. Dot it more often. It’s easier said than done, but it isn’t impossible. Tell yourself this everyday: “I am worth it. I am important. I get to decide my happiness. I am here for a reason.” Thinking positive will help make progress to finding happiness. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it is. Thoughts play a role in our everyday state of being.

Everyone can overcome these, so called, obstacles. It just takes a while to find the light at the end of the tunnel. It takes a while to realize that everyone has the power to get through anything and everything, to control how they want to live. It may not seem like it at the moment, but it’ll get there. I’m still trying to find that light at the end of the tunnel, myself and I am so close. The key is to have hope, no matter how difficult things get. Don’t give up.

Why I support Bernie Sanders

 For me, Bernie Sanders is the antithesis of what it means to be a politician. I see him riding back and forth on public broadcasts on the train station to Washington, pictures of him walking to the capitol and constantly surrounded by his support system. He truly wants to be able to have the American dream. For decades, we have tried the Republican way and the Democratic way. The only thing that we have done is tilt the table in favor for ruling elite. Bernie, to me knows what we’re actually facing as Americans. Sanders wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Note that the federal minimum wage is rounded up to about $8 in total. Sanders has made it his appoint to raise up the pay to a “living wage.” This being a decent amount of money to pay for groceries, living expenses, such as rent, electricity, water, and so on.

 

Even if this goal weren’t to go through, there still would have been an effort made which is better than nothing. About 40% of Americans earn less than $15 an hour and that figure adds up to what a person who is working full time would earn. USA’s wages have gotten bad and a lot of people  are under financial stress. If this doesn’t make you want to support Sanders I don’t know what will. Sanders is a regular guy who represents regular folk. He has shown ability to work with John McCain, a Senior of the senate who was also a Republican nominee back in 2008.  He has also worked with others behind the scenes to form compromises without insulting or berating others. I support bernie because his policies would seriously re-build the middle class. He’d use diplomacy first, avoid self-defeating, pointless and expensive wars, and build a culture of respect. I will continue to support sanders because he has integrity.

 

He tells the truth, what you see is what you get. He’s a good man and would make a terrific president! He wants people to be able to go see the doctor without worrying about the expense, and get the medication they need. He believes in peaceful resolution vs. war. He won’t be bought. He wants all Americans who work 40 hours or more a week to not have to work multiple more  jobs to get by. He wants to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. He treats others with respect even if they don’t see eye to eye. He wants to hold people, police, and higher authorities accountable for their actions no matter how high of a power they are. I am supportive of Bernie Sanders because he cares. He is about a real change. He is about righting wrongs and giving some power to the people where it should be. This why I support Bernie Sanders as our next president 2016.

Self-Love and Self-Worth

Self-love is very very important. I know that it may not seem as important as other topics, but it really is. I believe that everyone should have self-love. There are some days where life gets hard and you start to question every little thing about yourself, but you need to stop that. Putting yourself down is not healthy, it just causes even more damage. Sure, some things may not turn out the the way you want them to and some things can get tough, but you can get through every single obstacle that heads your way. There are a few ways to be able to love and accept yourself.

First of all, you need to forgive yourself. You have to let go of your past and realize that you did your best you could at the time. Yeah, things might’ve not turned out the way you wanted them to, but you really tried hard. Now, as time goes by, you are growing, changing, and you are beginning to understand more about yourself. Try to let go of the past that is haunting you.

Secondly, you need to stop scaring yourself. Thoughts are very powerful, I know this by experience. Thoughts can get overwhelming and scary. They can get hard to escape, but there is always a way to break out of them. Remember, just because you’ve been overthinking something, that doesn’t mean that that’s the final outcome. Everything will be okay.

Another thing that you must remember is that you have to be patient and gentle with yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for every little mistake you make, you are not your mistakes. Treat yourself the same way you would treat someone you really love. Think of it this way: How long would you stay friends with someone that talks to you the way that you talk to yourself? Not very long, huh?

Start to think about how much you’re really worth. Look at yourself, you are worth everything. You might not find your worth right now, but sooner or later, you will. It takes time to appreciate yourself, but it isn’t impossible. You’ll get there.

What is most worth learning? – Giselle N.

A lot of information accumulates over time in school, but how much of it is actually necessary and valuable? I believe that, of course, the basic mathematical and English skills should be a top priority to learn, but besides that, there are many other things that should be included into our studies that prepare us for the real world.

Have you ever just watched your parents in amazement as they make mortgage payments and file for taxes. You’re just there in confusion about what the heck is going on. Entering high school, we start to officially prepare ourselves to become responsible young adults to, hopefully, be successful in the real world, but how many times have teachers actually guided us on how to apply for a job or how to even write a check. Many times my mother has asked me to fill out a check, which by her inferencing, expects me to know how to fill one out for her to since I go to school. There shouldn’t be separate classes about how to do each individual thing, but there should be an established time to discuss similar matters. By doing this, it will prepare students to be a lot more responsible and ready for the real world. They could actually put these skills to use right away after high school and entering college.

Most high school graduates will go out and apply for a job. Teamwork should also be an active skill that should be practiced by a good majority of students. Teamwork is used in almost every career and it is a necessary job skill. It’ll help you comprehend what it is like to work with others while at the same time getting to know your strengths and weaknesses. I am lucky enough to have presented the opportunity to live in an education environment where you use teamwork everyday. It has helped me build my skills by transforming me into a better leader for when it comes to any situation. I am able to experience different types of roles when it come to group work, so there is a lot of beneficial outcomes for me. Now for when I graduate, I will be able to take those teamwork skills into the real world which will put me in favor when landing a job.

After having a discussion about why reading is a big prioritization in school, I’ve come to realize that it actually is a big part of our learning journey. There are many reasons as to why it is such an important skill to master. Recently, little kids have been given the push to start reading as early as pre-k to get their reading skills rolling. By doing this, it’s going to expand so much knowledge into their brains including the ability to create a picture in their minds using a story. With reading also comes an expansion into their vocabulary which opens new worlds for them. It gives them a greater understanding of the world and using different ways to express themselves. I don’t know them right off the bat, but I know that there are some studies showing that if students excel in reading, it helps with math. Reading is also linked to helping other school subjects, as well.

The upcoming generations of young adolescents are going to be a lot smarter about the world, so we should properly teach them in school the necessary skill for them to be even more successful. If schools focus on teaching kids the importance of reading and guiding them on how to be independent young adults.

Thank you to my Mom

arielAs I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize how the time spent with my family has gotten so minimal. Nowadays I’m out with friends, studying, or just hanging out in my room watching the newest episode of whatever show is on Netflix. I seem to have forgotten about the people who got me to where I am, and I’ve especially forgotten about the one person who pushed me to make me into the person I’ve become, my mother. So mom, this one’s for you. I love you

 

Dear Mommy,

I want to start by telling you how much I love you. I know I don’t always show it. I don’t even say it that often, but I do. You are the most important woman in my life, and you always will be. You are my mom my best friend. I could tell you anything and trust you. Ever since I was little you have been my hero and someone I’ve always looked up to. I know life is hard for you and I don’t always do much to make it easier, but you have sacrificed so much in your life just to raise me, and it means more to me than I’ll ever be able to express in words in this article. You are the strongest person I know, full of love and motivation, and I am incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to have that all of my life. So, Mom, I love you so much, to the ends of the Earth and until the day I’m no longer walking on it.

Next comes me telling you, thank you. Two words that means so little when comparing them to every little thing it is that you do for me. Thank you for the countless hugs. Thank you for that time you let me cry on your shoulder. Thank you for working ungodly hours just to buy me and my brothers and sister things to make us happy. Thank you for the laughter, the smiles, the lessons, and reminding me that I’ll always have somebody who loves me for who I am, flaws and all. You have shown me that it is okay to make mistakes, it’s okay to cry, and it’s okay to be who I am.Lastly mom, I want to tell you how I am sorry. I’m sorry for all of the times I fought with you, for the times I’ve let you down, and for the times I chose friends and other things over you. Sometimes I tend to lose sight of the things that are most important to me. I never meant to fight with you when you told me I couldn’t go out with friends or my boyfriend  because you just wanted to sit and watch a movie together. You truly mean so much to me and I don’t express it enough, and I certainly don’t prove it when I leave you doing the dishes to go out to some party. A lot of the time, especially lately, you deserve someone who pays more attention to the things that you do. I hope that by the time I’m older you can someday forgive me for this.

All in all, I love you to death mom. You are my entire world, whether you know that or not. Thank you for being everything to me, always.

Creating Bonds with Family

It’s going to be summer soon, meaning you’re going to be stuck with you family! Before groaning or cursing for this not so good perks of summer, think about the good it would do to spend the summer with your family. You have the chance to change the way your summer go, it all depends on what you’re willing to do and your mind set on making it positive or negative. If you spend your summer with only sitting down on the couch while thinking ‘this is so boring, why must nothing be happening in my life?’ then your memories and stories of your summer won’t be as good as you recall them with others.
Now let’s say you literally have no plans and sitting down on the couch, what can you do with to make good memories in summer then? Summer is the time when you can step up, brain storm, and suggest what to do with the family. Not sure what you can do? Well, there’s always the ‘trying something new’ that your family might enjoy. Try and create your own type of ice cream milkshake, try out recipes you found online, do some crafting, or you can even do small competitions. Want to do some type of outing with the family? Talk to your parents and explain your plans and thoughts.There are few known types of parents who would say no to their kids going out and enjoying stuff around them after all.
Now, are you the older sibling? Time to step up and have the little ones have fun! Offer taking them to the park, for a walk, or play hide-and-seek with them. Hungry and want to spend time? Make dinner with help of the little ones, or blend smoothies/create milkshakes. Either way, it would a great time to bond over summer.
What about the younger siblings? You too have a purpose, making sure your older sibling don’t laze around and forcing them to be active. Make them fall victims of those puppy eyes and have fun! But remember, be considered on picking what to do so it would be fun for all of you.
Make sure you aren’t that one type of sibling that forces their older brother to have tea parties while wearing a pink fluffy scarf-though that’s is funny-and make them enjoying the time they’re spending with you.
Summer is coming and it’s better to start planning on what you should do, especially with your family and create stronger bonds with them. Summer doesn’t have to be boring, you have the power to make it enjoyable and make it better. Just have a positive mindset and don’t hesitate to use force.

Judging people is it worth it? 

The world today has been judging a lot people by the way they act or what race you are, but they aren’t realizing that we are all people. Everyone in the world has a different story they might be from the upper-class or the lower class they might be black, white, Hispanic, or maybe their Chinese. It doesn’t matter but to some people it’s everything. I like to believe that everyone is equal and doesn’t matter what race they are everyone should be treated the same it isn’t fair that some people think it’s ok to be judgmental. I have noticed a change in the world that isn’t good and to be frank the new presidential campaign with Donald Trump isn’t helping us at all. After so long and and after so many wars for freedom he just wants to throw all of that away and change this world that we worked so hard to fix. What i want to know is how is this going to end?

“Judging” has anyone really thought of the definition of this specific word? The official definition of this word is “form an opinion or conclusion about” i have to honestly say that this definition isn’t correct. The reason I think this is because i have been judged for either being too curvy or being too sassy or being told i am a different race. To me the definition of judging is bullying someone to the point where you make them get into depression. People who judge people aren’t realizing that you’re causing them to get depressed and making them overthink things that they shouldn’t be dreading. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and they shouldn’t be told if their ugly or fat from another person and they shouldn’t care because if you really think about it everyone should love themselves and not care. I know that if people tell me something i won’t get upset but even people who i actually care about and whose opinions matter to me i will care and i will get mad or even sad. I know that once people put away the negativity and stop judging others just because they think they can I know that this world is going to be a world I want to live in and be apart of. You know how many times i have been called chubby or being told I look bad because of my acne well to many to count and that was even from my own family. After awhile i started ignoring everyone’s thoughts because once I took a long look in the mirror I realized that I’m okay with the way I look all that really matters to me is that I love myself,and I noticed it doesn’t matter how i look because it’s all about personality and intelligence it doesn’t if you’re curvy,skinny or if you have acne or no or even what race you are. The race you are doesn’t matter and if you speak another language if you speak another language it just makes you extra special. I mean what are looks gonna do looks aren’t gonna get you into a good college or get you a job no I mean your pretty okay we get it but if your ugly on the inside you’re nothing.

I’d like to say that if anyone out there and that is being judged and bullied you should keep your head up high because you are beautiful in your own way and those comments don’t mean anything the only thing that matters is what you think about yourself.

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