It’s often difficult to narrow down what defines you as a person. Think of it like this: you’re a combination of many elements, all linking together and slotting into one another like puzzle pieces. In the middle, there are a few giant pieces, much larger than the others which surround them. Although all pieces are have of great significance, and contribute towards who you are … Continue reading Culture in an uncultured society
Having full confidence in what you say is an important quality to have as a speaker – it brings more meaning and persuasiveness to your audience. After all, you should be only delivering facts. But when someone in the crowd calls you on something being untrue, the panic sets in. You may stutter, backtrack and have to listen to their point of view before saying … Continue reading How real is ‘fake news?’
The direct correlation between the amount of compliments on your DP and your total life worth. There was a time when Facebook wasn’t for sharing your oh-so-fun holiday compressed into seven photos max (people get bored by the eighth, it seems) or posting someone else’s video for all your Friends to see/comment/share/like. Selfie culture, status games, and artsy cover photos weren’t bombarding my news feed … Continue reading How Many Likes To Go Until I’m Cool?
People say that when we face something we fear, our instinct gives us two choices: fight or flight. Yet, I’m afraid that I am inclined towards a third option. Yes, like our native bird the kakapo (who goes into statue-mode when startled), I am frozen by fear. But no, this does not mean that I am about to be attacked by the giant and might … Continue reading Frozen in Fear
Putting the ‘Pro’ in Procrastination: A controversial guide. The word procrastination is often an interesting one. For a rare few, it is a friend. But for the majority, it is seen as a foe. The word itself when defined is a neutral one, but because it is associated with negative things it has gained itself a bad reputation. One question people especially students are asking … Continue reading Putting the ‘Pro’ in Procrastination: A guide
We all experience stress, some time or another, many of us on a frequent basis. But as an optimistic 13-year-old heading into college, I could have never anticipated the intensity of it, so much so that feeling stressed is the predominant state of being for a large majority of students at this school. Continue reading My Problem with Stress
At the start of every school year, we are rearing to go. We are excited to join sports teams, audition for productions and choir groups, finally ask that boy or girl out. But sometimes suddenly, things begin to fall apart. You’ll feel self-pity and self-hatred, your confidence drops, interest in school declines until that morning when you struggle to find a reason to even get out of bed. That’s when you know that The Slump has hit you; brutally. Continue reading The Big Slump
Disappointment. That’s the feeling I felt after checking my exam results earlier this year. I’m certain I wasn’t the only one who felt this way, so why is it such a big deal? Many people have questioned me and are probably quite confused as to why this was the case considering I got 4 A grades. I have one very simple answer: because I got … Continue reading Why 4 A’s Weren’t Good Enough
When you think about the grand scale of your fellow students, it can be a bit overwhelming. Heck, most of us moved from intermediate school with about 400 students in each year level and even less than that at primary school. The immense change for some makes Macleans seem like a bustling metropolis! This makes it easy to feel lost in the crowd. Many of … Continue reading Being Caught in the Crowd
WHY WALK? People used to walk. People used to walk everywhere, and many people still do. Not around me, though. I used to try to look for people who walk around the neighbourhood, all the same time trying to ignore the screeching of cars that hazardously fly right pass me. Yet as people scurry around, I find them to be not so much walking: rather … Continue reading Why Walk?
“If I had a dollar for every time someone over 40 told me my generation sucks, I’d have enough money to buy a house in the economy they ruined”. This statement makes me think about how harshly youth of our generation are portrayed. It isn’t difficult to picture the professed typical teen: wild, rude, self-absorbed and egotistical. An image of laziness and a desire to … Continue reading Why Our Generation Gets the Blame
Exams: a word that is universally dreaded by all students. Results: a seemingly insurmountable monster that preys on the minds of insecure teenagers. Exams. Results. Futures. They’re all relatively simple words—the majority of the student body can spell them correctly—yet the weight that they hold on our lives as teenagers surpasses any definition that the Oxford English Dictionary can provide. Term two seems to be … Continue reading The Fear of the Grade-Point Average