Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Ways of Wheelock

To my liking, Wheelock College is mainly a "Mac school", meaning that all of its computers are Macs, and generally the technological help they have is for Macs, though they help PC's as well. They do not require every student to have a laptop, though I know that most of the students have them. I do not know their rules and policies, but Wheelock seems pretty serious and tough about them.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

School Policies

As I was reading these policies, I figured I would find some leigh-way with somke of these offenses. "Maybe 'inappropriateness' in blogging is just freedom of speech", "maybe we need to send our home address to someone for a certain class", but then I stopped myself. The only way to protect the students in this school is to enforce safety regulations. I think these rules seem fairly reasonable. In simple words: if you're doing something you know you shouldn't be doing, the school will punish you. Burlington has been pretty low-key about cell phones, iPods, and Facebooking. I would love to talk to students who have problems with these rules, because, let's face it, they're really not that bad. They're not telling us to pretend we don't have a Facebook or Twitter, but these policies are simply telling us, the students, to be smart on the internet.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Senior Countdown: 5 Days

In just five days, my fellow classmates and I will be done.
After four long, and what seemed unbearable years, we will no longer be students at Burlington High, but rather alumni. Though my friends have become sentimental about the situation, I know it comes with the territory. I've taken it pretty well - surprise, surprise. I know that once graduation comes, so will the tears, but for right now, this is quite an exciting chapter for my class :)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Food Feud

Cafeteria food is notorious for being unhealthy. It's not that the cooks, or lunch ladies, don't care about what they're giving us, but when all is said and done, it comes down to money. They're more willing to serve unhealthy foods at a cheaper cost than more organic, healthy foods that are more costly. It's sad that that is what our generation has come to. Just recently in health class, we watched "Fast Food Nation", and I learned a lot about food, and what we think is healthy and what actually is healthy. Not only that, but the way the animals are treated before being killed is terrible, disgraceful, and nonethical. That's what made me stop and think about what our world has come to. As for cafeteria food? I never bought lunch. Yeah, I had a few french fries here and there, but my mom has always packed my lunch - peanut butter and jelly sandwich, iced tea, and either cookies or chips. It's always been that way. I don't know. Call me cheesy or corny, but I like having my mom make me a sandwich, because it really is made out of love, whereas my friends who eat hamburgers (with questionable meat) get it from ladies who just make them in piles, and not made specifically for them.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Senior Reflection

Last night, as I read my senior speech to my parents, my mother's eyes started to fill with tears. Though it was not my intention to make her sad, it hit me: college is the time, not only for new experiences, but to become an individual. This was the first time I actually thought about what I was going to do in college. I've had my parents by my side for the past 18 years, but when September comes, I will be on my own in Beantown. Unlike my friends, I haven't cried about leaving everyone, because it still just hasn't hit me yet. In addition, I'm more thrilled for new experiences. I've spent the past 7 years here in Burlington, and before that, I was in Brighton since birth. I haven't had much change. Don't get me wrong - I love Brighton and Burlington, but this is a time to become anything we want to be. My English teacher gave my class a speech about how this is probably the last time we can define ourselves. Last time we did that, we were 4, being walked into school by our parents, and friends just came automatically. I'm really excited for September to come. My school immediately allows interns, which I think is the best preparation for the 'real world', I will be in Boston - my favorite city in the world, my friends will be in nearby schools, and I will be studying something I want to study - special education. I am truly excited!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

30 Goals Challenge: Goal 8

For goal #8, I have to choose the theme song of my life. The theme song of my life has to describe my personality, the way I am, and how I interact with the people around me.
As I have blogged about numerous times, I love Taylor Swift songs. They embody the lives of every  girl out there in an honest and up-front way. I can't pick just one song of hers, though. I don't have just one soundtrack song to my life. For instance, her songs "Long Live" and "Fearless" are about being, well, fearless and going after what you want. You don't take no for an answer. And some days I'm like that. Other days, I'm not. Other days I'm wishing I was the girl with the typical football player, and that's why "You Belong With Me" and "Sparks Fly" would apply to my life. There are other times when I've been hurt by others, and "Tell Me Why" and "You're Not Sorry" are the perfect fit. That's why I love her music, because on any given day, I can relate to any one of her songs.
My newest music influence is Robyn, and up-and-coming indie singer. Her song "Dancing on My Own" is great, and I really suggest that everyone listen to it. My friends don't like her, but her music is so unique. This song is about a girl who sees her love at a party dancing with another girl, but her angst and sadness portray the realism in this situation. By the end of the song, she begins to scream, and it's my favorite part, because that's when I can feel her emotion. That song is very relatable to my life.
John Mayer, my newest obsession, has a song "Half of My Heart", which is very honest - you love someone, but you don't love them enough. It's hard to realize, but he sings it in such a beautiful way. In addition, I'm a little biased because Taylor Swift makes surprise vocals at the end of the song. "Half of My Heart" is so sad, but it's so true. I know so many people, from myself to my friends and siblings, who have "loved" someone, but they didn't even realize that they can't be together because the love isn't strong enough.
Ingrid Michaelson's "Maybe" is also, sad. (I'm seeing a trend with these sad songs...) She sings that she will be the one to end their relationship, but if time figures itself out, they'll be together in the end. I don't know if the song to my life, but the message has been really inspirational for me. Many times with boyfriends I thought were "the one" turned out not to be, but the only way to figure that out is to take time apart. If time sorts itself out, and the "one" comes back to you, then it's true love. This song is extremely sad, because it's so true about real life. The line "the only way to really know is to really let it go" is a great line - the only way you'll know it's true love is if you let it go.
"White Horse" by Taylor Swift is probably the best representation of who I am. To begin with, the music video is extremely sentimental. It starts out with Taylor singing about hiding her sadness, trying to be happy for herself and her boyfriend, being a naiive teenage girl. The chorus emphasizes that she knows fairy tales aren't real, however it changes in the end, when she changes the words in the chorus, singing that she knows there is someone out there for her, and he is not the guy. I feel like this song is very relatable to who I am. I am the type of girl who wishes for that Prince Charming, but soon enough, every girl has to realize that there isn't a prince who will save you on a white horse, but the world is huge, and there is that man for you. That is the soundtrack to my life.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My Own Personal Challenges

Instead of listening to someone else's list of challenges, I will make my own, that I can hopefully accomplish by the end of the summer.

1. take a risk
2. stand up for yourself
3. become a mentor to someone
4. make a new friend
5. try something new
6. make a dish from a different country
7. support a movement
8. travel somewhere
9. spend a day on photography, just taking pictures
10. teach someone
11. learn about someone else's life
12. volunteer to at least 1 place
13. open up to someone