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Posted By iamincontrol | December 3, 2013
- Spending time with family (20%)
- Hanging out with friends (60%)
- Working extra hours (0%)
- Playing sports (0%)
- Relaxing and nothing else (20%)
We think a mix of all those things would be a great way to spend your holiday break. Plus, we have some more ideas to share with you that you might not have thought of.
- Learn a new hobby – Winter break is a great time to learn something new. You probably have a big chunk of free time, which is rare for teens. Learn something new like knitting (chunky scarves are definitely in right now), photography, or a sport you don’t normally play.
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Posted By iamincontrol | November 19, 2013
Going through high school can be stressful for any kid, and everybody has their different ways to cope with stress. In my experience I was constantly stressed out with grades and also with the high school sports that I participated in. I tried many remedies to cope with this stress, but the one that really put an end to my stress was through exercise.
I found that if I was stressed in a situation at home, the best way to cope was for me to go outside and shoot hoops. Shooting hoops, for me, allowed me to get away from everyone and not think about what was stressing me out. Instead, I would focus on a skill that involved exercise and try to perfect it. The exercise calmed me down, and focusing on perfecting my skill allowed me to reduce stress in other areas in my life. Playing basketball because I was stressed let me be confident in my ability on the court. After all, the shooting and trying to get better made it more fun to compete.
Posted By iamincontrol | October 29, 2013
Once you get to high school, many people will start asking you what your ultimate job is going to be. Are you going to have to go to college to achieve the job that you want? If so, do you feel you are prepared for college? In a recent study, nearly 60% of first-year college students find themselves not prepared for post-secondary studies. I, myself, was definitely prepared all due to my participation in TRiO programs. TRiO includes Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Student Support Services. Educational Talent Search is from 6th to 12th grade, Upward Bound is from 9th-12th grade, and Student Support Services is at the college level. These programs offer so much to a student.
TRiO programs allowed me to:
- Tour over 30 different college campuses all over the Midwest
- Receive free tutoring
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Posted By iamincontrol | September 19, 2013
State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC)
Watching cancer take the life of my friend was one of the most difficult challenges I have ever faced. When I entered middle school, I met a boy named Dylan. He was extremely intelligent and naturally a good leader. He was active and successful in so many athletic, musical, and academic opportunities. Soon I learned he had cancer and that his leg was amputated in fifth grade. This did not stop him from doing everything in life that he loved. During his time at school he always had a positive attitude, never complained, and always turned in exceptional work. The most amazing thing about Dylan was that he was able to do what most students couldn’t even do while still fighting a life threatening disease. I worked at our school store with Dylan and on also on our leadership team. My best memory with him was my eighth grade year when we were on the same mock trial team that made it to the state competition.
After eighth grade we went to separate high schools, and I didn’t have as much contact with him. In the meantime, I was admitted to the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council and gained the position of service chair. When I was looking for service projects for our council, I automatically thought of Dylan and proposed the idea of sewing bandannas for youth cancer patients. By November I heard his condition had gotten worse, so I made the first Iowa Hawkeye bandanna for him and sent it in the mail as fast as I could with a note explaining how he inspired me. I received the news the next day, November 26th, that he passed away.