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Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014
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Posted By iamincontrol | November 24, 2015
During my senior year of high school, my school’s guidance counselor gathered our senior class to talk about our futures. He told us that college is something we should think about along with other options like trade school to open up more opportunities. I was so indecisive on picking a school and I wasn’t sure what I wanted my major to be. I decided to register for classes at a nearby community college that offered some of the activities I was interested in like show choir and plays. I was pretty nervous for college and I didn’t know what to expect. Things kept running through my head the day before school started like: Was anyone going to like me? What if I don’t like my major? Where are my classes? Do I have to have a major? Do I call all my teachers “professor ____”? Where do I park?
My advice to anyone worried about picking a major, college, or career path is—don’t stress it! Deciding to go to a community college close to home was a great decision for me. I have grown just as much inside the classroom as outside the classroom. Here’s some things that I learned along the way:
- If in doubt, think it out! Make the best decision for you. The best decision I ever made was attending the community college I went to. It was a great place for me to sort out my priorities, find out what classes I liked, and learn what things I valued.
- You can switch your major as many times as you feel necessary but take into account that switching could mean more years until graduation.
- Get involved! Find a something you are interested in. Join a sports team, volunteer, find a club, audition for a play, or even get a campus job. It will help you make friends and connections on campus. Just remember, if you spread yourself too thin it could be hard to keep up with school.
- Don’t stress out! Take deep breaths and make time for yourself. You can relieve stress by taking a study break and going for a walk, doing yoga, making a trip to the gym, or even going to grab a coffee or ice cream with your friend.
Deciding what college to attend? Check out http://www.uscollegesearch.org/
Posted By iamincontrol | November 12, 2015
A few things that I wish I would have been able to tell myself in high school are: think of the future ahead and be less worried about the drama. In high school, I got so wrapped up in trying to be popular that I forgot to invest in things that would matter in my future. I had a boyfriend that I thought was the one. I thought I was in love and at the time not much else mattered to me. I ditched my friends, quit my sports teams, and stopped doing homework. Later, I found out that he was cheating on me. This was a huge reality check and I decided to turn my life around to focus my time on school, sports, and building back relationships with people that truly mattered to me. I got involved in sports again, received a scholarship, and decided to go to college!
College has been the best time of my life and I wish that I would have known how much things can change for the better. Your high school friends, the drama, your boyfriends and girlfriends will all become a blur of the past. If you are having a hard time in your life remember: it gets better! High school is only the beginning of finding out who you are. Keep moving forward, be the best you can be, and everything will fall into its place.
Posted By iamincontrol | November 3, 2015
The poll results are in and overwhelmingly, students find using a calendar or planner very useful!
How do you balance, school, a job, activities and a social life? The key for me was organization. I worked part-time, was an athlete, and involved in many different organizations throughout my high school years. I had to stay organized to keep all my activities straight. I kept a pocket calendar with me which included all my practices, meetings, work schedule, and other important dates. I color-coded my schedule to help me even further prepare and make sure I didn’t miss anything. Having everything in one central calendar helped me to not get overwhelmed.
I felt like I had control of my life and was very prepared because of my planning. If something else came up during another obligation I would work it out ahead of time to make sure I would make the most important thing. For example, I worked part time at a grocery store; if I knew I had a big test coming up, I would ask for a few nights off before the exam so I could study and get good sleep. Knowing my schedule ahead of time and having it listed in a calendar helped me visualize what needed to get done. Since it was all written down, I never had to worry or guess what I had to do next. It is all about finding a routine and schedule that works for you! Prioritize your schedule so you address the most important or immediate things first. Do not be afraid to give yourself a break! Just make sure you plan the break around your schedule.
Need some inspiration for your goal setting? Check out this video https://youtu.be/8cCiqbSJ9fg
Posted By iamincontrol | October 29, 2015
S Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible
A Avoid trick-or-Treating alone. Walk in groups.
F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you
E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
H Hold a flashlight while trick or treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk and don’t run from house to house.
A Always test make-up in small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
L Look both ways before crossing the street.
L Lower risk of not being able to see clearly by not wearing masks or decorative contact lenses
O Only Walk on Sidewalks.
W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, or falls.
E Eat only wrapped treats, avoid homemade ones.
E Enter homes only if you are with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Do not accept rides from strangers.
N Never wear lit candles and make sure your costume is flame-resistant.
For the source and additional information: http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/. Have a great and safe Halloween from IAMinControl!
Posted By iamincontrol | October 27, 2015
Last year, my cousin Angela came home from college for the first time. We were both so happy to see each other and I was so excited to hear about Angela’s first semester at college. She told me funny stories about her professors, football game highlights, and gossip about her new dorm floor mates. After telling me all about her time at college, she asked me if I could keep a secret. She told me she had met a few new guys while away at college and was having sex with one of the guys named Brad. She told me she was worried because after having sex with Brad a few times her vagina became itchy and it hurt to pee. After talking about how Angela’s body felt off and that Brad and her never used a condom, we decided it was best for Angela to see a doctor and get tested for sexually transmitted infections.
What is an STD/STI and why should you get tested?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are generally picked up by sexual contact. All forms of sexual contact with another person can spread STIs- vaginal, oral, anal, sharing sex toys, and even just skin to skin contact. Most infections come with no symptoms at all. So, if you are participating in sexual contact make sure to get tested regularly.
5 Things Know About STI Testing
- Just ask for a test! STI testing is very common! Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor or health care provider about your testing options.
- Be open and honest! Your health care provider will ask you questions before you get tested to see what tests you will need. The health care provider may ask questions like when was your last period, if you have ever had an STI, and specific questions about your sexual practices. Answer to your best ability, the providers have heard it all so don’t be shy.
- Different STI’s require different kinds of tests.
Swab and urine tests: These tests are used for chlamydia and gonorrhea. For the swab test, your health care provider will take a small sample of fluid from your vagina, throat, penis, or anus and place it into a container. For the urine test you will pee in a small plastic cup. These samples will be sent to a lab for testing.
Blood Tests: These tests are used to detect HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. A small amount of blood will be drawn from your arm and will be sent to the lab for tests. Don’t worry about the needles! Your health care provider is trained to draw blood so it won’t hurt you.
Rapid Response Tests: Tests for HIV. A health care provider will prick your finger and will use that blood for the test. Results take about fifteen minutes. Not all clinics offer this testing, so call ahead to be sure.
Other tests: A sample of fluid from a sore is sometimes used to test for herpes, this is also known as an oral swab. Your health care provider can diagnose anal or genital warts right away simply by looking at them.
- Treatment of STIs can be as simple as taking medicine or getting a shot. Some STIs can’t be cured, like herpes but you can receive treatment that can help to relieve the symptoms.
- Know Your Resources! There are many places to get tested for STIs. Hospitals and free clinics are places you can get tested at.
Need help locating a place to get tested at? Go to: https://gettested.cdc.gov/ to find testing centers near you.