New Discovery: Best Blog!

The Student’s Blogging Challenge is coming to an end, and now it’s time to recognize the great blogs that have participated. I have had a fun time learning, reading and responding to student’s all around the world. I think it’s interesting that we can all come together and write about things we love, are passionate about, and really just anything. There are so many things that can create a great blog. Some things I like  in a good blog or blog post is to be able to tell the writer is passionate about something or what they are writing about. A blogger who can make their post unique and different is something I look for too.

Through out the challenge, a blog that I discovered about halfway through was this blog.I found this blog intriguing at first because  Alice (the author of this blog) had a post about origami, and had a very instructional post with pictures thoroughly describing how to make a origami cube. The high quality pictures showed me Alice had a passion for origami (or crafts in general)  and photography. After when I read other posts, I discovered she did indeed have a passion for photography and had many other pictures on her blog that she took.  Alice’s blog definitely added value to my life, and others because her posts stuck in my head because they were unique. I also liked how Alice’s blog is intended for her audience. Her posts are about interesting topics and others can give their opinion or thoughts about the post.

Alice’s blog was very well written which made reading clear to read. In the posts and at the end, Alice would ask a question that would be answered by her audience. I think this is a good way to get readers involved, and even more interested. The blog was also very colorful and friendly.  The layout was organized and had many interesting widgets that grabbed my attention. In the blog’s post, it only had what it needed. It wasn’t overly long, and it just got it’s point across.

Overall, This blog definitely one of the best blogs I have discovered during the Student Blogging Challenge. The layout, background, colors and widgets all made the actual blog very welcoming. The post had no punctuation, grammar or spelling errors which made the blog look like the writer put a lot of time and effort into the posts. I believe that Alice and her blog should win the Student Blogging Challenge.

Would You Call It a ‘Job’ If You Loved It So Much?

There are so many careers and opportunities in the world. Some careers are simply incredible and I can only dream and wonder what it would be like in the shoes of some professionals in some fields. I find it simply marvelous and inspiring that some people’s passions and dreams can come true, and in their lives they don’t have to call their jobs, “jobs” because they enjoy their career so much. I have made a list of careers that I dream of having, and that I find interesting.

1.) Behavioral Neuroscientist 

Behavioral Neuroscience is the study of physiological, genetic and developmental mechanisms of behavior in human and non-human animals. I have always found neuroscience, and psychology interesting, and I think  a career with both would be intriguing. I have always been curious to why people do certain things and why do people act a certain way. Psychology is interesting, I just rather do the science and research part than work with people. I have never really been interested in a science or medical career until I started going to a STEM high school and I have had exposure to these fields.

2.) Nano Biopharmaceutical Studies 

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http://www.lakos.com/About/careers

Also known as Nanomedicine studies. Nanmoedicine is the medical application of nanotechnology. I have been interested in nanotechnology ever since I was about 9 or 10 years old when I was exposed to it at a camp I did. Nanomedicine is a very large field, and with STEM careers getting more and more popular, I am sure it will emerge even more.  I also think I am going to do my J Term project on nano biopharmaceutical Studies. A J Term project is a month long project at my school where you get to study a field of interest to help students find their passions and interests.

3.) International Business and Marketing

For this years J Term (which I explained above) I studied marketing because I think it’ll be a good start for any career I am interested. Every field or career has some sort of business, marketing, advertising, and more involved. I find international business interesting because traveling is one of my biggest passions now, and incorporating that with business and being able to communicate and collaborate just sounds interesting and enjoyable to me. I find marketing intriguing because you get to work with people, and you still get a good amount of freedom and creativity.  With both business and marketing, you still must have a great amount of knowledge on the field you are doing the business or marketing in, which any knowledge is another bonus.

These are some of dream jobs and careers. I find that all of my dream jobs involve critical thinking, and communicating with others. With the two STEM careers I find interesting above, a lot of critical thinking would be involved with research and other daily tasks, which is something that attracts me. I always look for a challenge. I don’t want to be stuck with a job that I am constantly doing the same thing over and over again. I want to see new places, meet to people and discover new things. I think all of my dream careers have that common theme; A challenge and a new experience.

 

 

Love Shouldn’t Hurt

A few weeks ago, I did a workshop on Domestic Violence and Battered Woman for my girl scout troop and parents to bring awareness on the topic. I did this workshop towards my GIRLtopia Journey that I am currently finishing. I have more information on my girl scout experiences and Journey in a past blog post here. I am also including the topic of Domestic Violence in an art project I am doing that is aiming to communicate a message through a visual and digital media. Since I have been including the knowledge I now have on Domestic Violence and Battered Woman in workshops and art projects, I thought I would share it here, too.

A battered woman is a woman who has experienced at least two complete battering cycles as described in dating and domestic violence. Battered women stay in these dangerous relationships for a variety of reasons including:

  • still being positively reinforced by the “honeymoon” phase of the battering cycle
  • economic dependence upon the batterer
  • belief that they can keep the peace
  • fear of danger if she were to leave
  • threats made by the batterer to hurt her or her children if she left
  • loss of self-esteem
  • depression or loss of psychological energy necessary to leave

Domestic Violence is defined as ‘Violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner’. Such violence can be fatal. Every day in the United States, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners on average. In 2000, 1,247 women and 440 men were killed by an intimate partner.  Thirty percent of all murders of women and 5% percent of all murders of men were intimate partner homicides.

Battered Person Syndrome is a physical and psychological condition of a person who has suffered (usually persistent) emotional, physical, or sexual abuse from another person.

Facts about Battered Woman

1.       18.3 % of women in the United States have survived a completed or attempted rape. Of these, 12.3% were younger than age 12 when they were first raped, and 29.9% were between the ages of 11 and 17
2.       22 million women in the United States have been raped in their lifetime. 63.84% of women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date.
3.       Less than half of domestic violence incidents are reported to police. African-American women are more likely than others to report their victimization to police
4.       Somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds.
5.       An estimated 17,500 women and children are trafficked into the United States annually for sexual exploitation or forced labor.
6.       A study reported in the New York Times suggests that one in five adolescent girls become the victims of physical or sexual violence, or both, in a dating relationship.
7.       Almost 10% of high school students are victims of dating violence each year.
8.       One out of every five American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
 

Those are some of the facts I learned and made other girls and parents aware of in my community. I think it is important to know some of these facts because they are relevant, and some of the issues brought up could be affecting woman and girls around you.  I really enjoyed learning about Domestice Violence and Battered Woman because it is a current issue in our world

Other websites about the topic:

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_help_treatment_prevention.htm

 

 

 

 
 

Exploring a Rain Forest from Bird’s Eye View

It was a early morning in beautiful Costa Rica. We met with our tour guide and the two other people on the tour with us that day. We went over the safety precautions, and with no hesitation we quickly starting  walking down a trail. As we walked down what seemed to be any ordinary trail, we came across our first bridge. It wasn’t any ordinary bridge though, it was a hanging bridge. Over a Rain Forest.

Hanging Bridges Tour View

Hanging Bridges Tour View

About 2 years ago, I traveled abroad for my first time, and my first time without my parents ( I still had parents with me, just not mine!) I was extremely excited. I didn’t really know what to expect, I have never been to somewhere with this big of a culture change. In Costa Rica we basically had a road trip around Costa Rica stopping in three different places. I think the road trip style we had made the trip so much more exciting because we got to see a big city, a rain forest area, and a beach area. One of my favorite parts of the trip was seeing how different the culture is compared to America. Everyone in Costa Rica that I encountered was so happy and filled with joy. I believe that Costa Rica has the happiest people in the world. I can still remember when I was staying in the city for a few days, My friend and I were waiting outside of the hotel alone and a worker came up and started to speak Spanish to us. I cannot speak Spanish but, My friend knew enough to keep a conversation, and the hotel lobbyist taught us ‘Pura Vida’. Pura Vida is a Costa Rican Phrase that means Pure Life. After we learned that, we realized how often we saw and heard “Pura Vida” during our trip.

Back to the Rain Forest! During our trip to the rain forest, we took a hanging bridges tour. At first, this was pretty intimidating. After we started though, I got the hang of it. On this tour we saw so many plants, animals and species that live in the Costa Rican rain forest. On the tour, we had two other tourist’s with us who were from England, and were quite hilarious( and had cool accents!)

Hanging Bridges Tour View

Hanging Bridges Tour View

The tour lasted about 3 hours long, and I saw some of the best views of my life. I can remember vividly the view we had from the very highest bridge. We were a good 100 feet taller than the tops of the trees. It was quite breath taking, and I would do it again and recommend any hanging bridges tours to anyone.

Costa Rica was such an eye opening trip. I learned so much about the culture, and I would love someday to go back to Central America and to travel to countries in South America with similar cultures. I love feeling like a stranger in a new place, using a different currency,  learning a new language along the way and trying new things. If I could redo any trip I have ever taken, it would definitely be Costa Rica.

Have you taken a trip of a lifetime with your family/friends? Have you ever been somewhere with a completely different culture then where you are from? I’d love to hear 😀

 

Moose ‘Hunting’ Every August

I woke up on a beautiful morning, a slight breeze was coming in from the open window at the bottom of my full bed near my feet. I was wearing a hoodie, because it was a vacation but, it wasn’t hot and there wasn’t a beach, so my sweatshirt was appropriate. I could see the dust moving around near my window from the sunlight coming in, it was very silent. I turned around to see my friend in the other bed over, still sleeping. This is a typical morning on my friend’s and I’s annual vacation to Rangeley, Maine.

Every summer in early August, my 4 friends and I take a vacation up to Rangeley, Maine. I talked about my Maine Vacations in one of my prior posts but, I’ll go in more detail here. My one friend who comes, lives in New Jersey, and my other three friends who come live in Upstate New York and since we don’t get to see each other all together very often, we take our vacations to Maine to advantage. Every year in Maine we stay in the same house. Our house is in walking distance of a private lake. As we have gotten older, we don’t use the lake as often.  Mostly because we are teenagers, we like to lay around and sleep all day. We usually like to sit around all day talking, on social media, and doing nothing. At night time, it when we actually want to do anything.

Kayaking, Maine

Kayaking, Maine

One common interest we all have, and love doing in Maine is kayaking. We have kayaked together in so many different types of water. Our newest and probably favorite type of water is rapids kayaking. Over a week, we will probably go on about 3 different kayaking trips, and the adults may go on 4. Another activity we like is moose hunting, now this may sound ridiculous. Moose are all over in Maine, and so every evening we take rides all around, hunting for moose. Not really hunting though, just for photos. Some of these ‘hunting’ trips are successful but, we find every time we see a moose, it is unexpected.

All year, we all wait in anticipation for this trip. We love to just hang out, catch up and have fun. Some of our best and funniest memories are made on these trips. There is only a few months until the annual trip, and I am very excited.

Do you and your family/friends go on any annual vacations? I’d love to hear 😀

Moose Hunting, Rangeley, Maine

Moose Hunting, Rangeley, Maine

Leslie Knope for City Council?

In the last few months, I have noticed myself spending most of my time watching movies and TV shows on Netflix. One of my favorite TV series by far, is Parks and Recreation.  Parks and Recreation is a droll comedy, and never fails to make me laugh. Some people don’t like this show because of it’s droll comedy but, if you are easily amused like me, you will love it.

This series stars Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler. Leslie is very involved in her hometown of Pawnee, Indiana and throughout the show she tries to make Pawnee better and better. Leslie works in the Parks and Recreation department, and works around a very lazy group of co workers. I think one of the best parts of the show is seeing how lazy the rest of the department is, compared to Leslie. One of my favorite characters in this show is Ron Swanson. Ron is the Parks and Recreation director, and could honestly care less about government. He actually hates it. He is one of my favorite characters because he is extremely negative, and it is very amusing. I think (will never admit) that he actually cares about his co-workers and the Parks and Recreation department but, he doesn’t show it.

Here is a trailer to season 6, which gives a good idea of the droll comedy and the characters:

Even though this is one of my favorite TV shows, I still think there are pro’s and con’s to every show. I think you would enjoy this show the most if you like comedy, and especially droll comedy. Some people say that this show in season one was too much like the TV show The Office , and had some negativity starting. I think as more and more seasons went along, the show has gotten more unique and has gotten away from being too much like The Office. I think people who like something new every episode would enjoy this too. I think since the show is based of in the government, and new things are always happening in government, it makes the show more exciting. With this though, I don’t think you have to like government to enjoy the show. Half of the characters in the show don’t even like government themselves.

What are some of your favorite shows? Why? I’d love to hear 😀

 

 

 

Girls and Gold

Ever since I have been 5 years old I have been a girl scout. I have gone threw phases of hating it, and loving it. Since I started high school, looking at colleges and networking to meet new people, I have learned that girl scouts has actually help me and have gave me a lot of opportunities. I am a senior girl scout, and I am currently working towards my Gold Award. A Girl Scout gold award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. This award recognizes their leadership, efforts, and the impacts the girl has had on their communities.

I have had many opportunities including learning about woman in STEM, supplying water in Tanzania, and supplying books to libraries in Africa for my Bronze Award. One of my recent projects that I listed above was Beads for Tanzania. Beads for Tanzania is a challenge to make paper beads, mail them in to generate funding for water projects in Tanzania. My girl scout troop held a booth to make beads at our community International Day, and we exceeded our goal to make a few hundred beads with the help of girl scouts from all ages, and all over our community. For this challenge, every 20 beads are equivalent to clean water for one person in Tanzania.  My troop has gotten recognition for our contribution in this challenge, and have gotten interviewed for articles and newspapers.  I really enjoyed this project because we got to work with many people in my community, and we impacted people not just in out community, but across the world.

Another current project my troop is currently working is a ‘journey’ called “GIRLtopia”. This journey is to create a perfect world for girls, because the world is not ideal for us. We are learning about woman all around the world, and the mistreatment of woman. We have learned about women trafficking all around the world, and focused on a few countries in Africa. To learn more about the mistreatment of women, each girl in my troop chose a different type of negative act, stereotype or anything that is going on in the world that has a negative impact on women. I chose Battered Woman, and Domestic Violence to do a workshop on, and give knowledge to my troop. Other girls in my troop chose topics of Sex Trafficking, Stereotypes of Woman, and the pay difference between men and women.

My troop consists of about 7 girls, who have all been committed to Girl Scouts since kindergarten. We are all friends, and Girl Scouts is a good time were we get to see each other and catch up because most of us have switched high schools, including myself. It is a fun time to get together, better our community and the world. Girl Scouts will help us with college, our careers and has already helped us network to other women who have enhanced their communities. I am excited to continue my gold award, and see where the opportunities  we have will bring us, together.

Are you a girl scout or boy scout? or have you done anything to better your community or world? I’d love to hear 😀

Concerts

In the last couple years, going to concerts have become something I love to do. I think it’s great to be able to love an artist, and then get the chance to see them live in concert. Going to concerts is something my friends and I like to do together. The most recent concert I went to was Ed Sheeran at Madison Square Garden.  The artists that I’ve seen live are:

  • Ed Sheeran, twice
  • One Direction, twice
  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Maroon 5
  • B.O.B
  • Cher Lloyd
  • Fun
  • Jason Mraz
  • Justin Bieber
  • Ne-yo
  • Train
  • Olly Murs
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Wanted
  • Rizzle Kicks

I have attended Jingle Ball at Madison Garden, which is like one big concert with a bunch of artists, which is where I saw some of the artists above.  I try to attend Jingle Ball every year because my friend and I love going but, this year I had to give my ticket to someone else since I was busy. Since I live basically in the middle of no where, not very many artists come to my area so often when I go to concerts a little bit of traveling is involved, which is a fun bonus. Next month, I am going to a 5 Seconds of Summer concert, and in July I am going to my third One Direction concert, and my third 5 Seconds of Summer concert which I am very excited for. I usually ask for concert tickets for Christmas, my birthday or pay for them myself.  I think the best live performance was both of the Ed Sheeran concerts I went too. When I saw Ed Sheeran, I remember some of the songs he sang, he somehow made the whole venue silent. Once the venue was silent, he sang without a microphone, which was simply incredible and something I have never seen before. He voice is just as incredible live, as well on his album.

Have you seen any artists live? Who would you like to see live? I would love to hear 😀

Hershey Park-July, 2013

Hershey Park-July, 2013

MSG-December, 2012

MSG-December, 2012

MSG-Jingle Ball 2012

MSG- Jingle Ball 2012

Climbing to ‘Get over it’

I remember last May it was almost exactly a week after my birthday, I was stepping into my climb suit. I didn’t really know what to expect but, I knew for sure that these climbing shoes they gave us to wear were really tacky. Watching the safety and instructional video before made me more nervous. I have never had a fear of heights, I think I was nervous more because of the unknown, I had no clue what I was doing until 20 minutes before I did it. It, was climb the O2 arena.

The O2 arena is located in the entertainment district on the Greenwich Peninsula, in South East London. The O2 arena is a dome, with an indoor arena, clubs and other sources of entertainment. Some of the biggest names in the music industry have performed at the O2, and some events of the 2012 Summer Olympics were held inside the arena.

I remember when I started climbing, the wind, the people around me, the steepness of the path was all pretty overwhelming at first. After climbing for a few minutes, I finally got the hang of it and my surroundings actually became quite calming. Seeing South East London from a 360 view was a once in a lifetime experience, and it was truly breathtaking. Once we got finished climbing, we got to a platform at the top of the arena where we could take a break, take some photos, and admire the beauty of the city. Once our break was over, it was time to climb again but, this time we had to climb down. Climbing down was definitely harder than climbing up. I am pretty sure my legs have never hurt as much than after completing the climb. Once the climb was over, once we took off the heavy suit and tacky shoes to keep us safe, it was rewarding to be able to say ‘I’ve climbed the O2 arena’. I would love to climb the O2 again, and maybe without the fear of the unknown before I started.

Have you ever done something that has caused you to face your fears? Ever done something a little out of your comfort zone? I’d love to hear:)

My friend and I on the top of the O2:)

View from break space on top of the O2View from the bottom of the O2 arena

Sites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_O2_Arena

http://www.theo2.co.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_O2_(London)

 

 

 

York Beach, Maine

York, Maine is one of the nations oldest cities since it was settled in 1624 and is now the second oldest town in Maine.The town, beach and area all around was very beautiful and welcoming. We also visited Cape Neddick Lighthouse at York Beach. This lighthouse is a famous American icon and classic example of a light house. An event at York Beach that attracts many tourists is the York Days. York Days happens on a week in early August. This event has activities such as fairs, craft fairs, sports tournaments for the public, and fireworks that display on the last Saturday of the week.  I love taking photos, and I definitely got some beautiful pictures while in York. Maine is one of my favorite places to vacation because it is a very calm and relaxing environment. I go to Northern Maine every summer with my friends for about a week.  I’ve only been to York Beach once but, I would love to return the beautiful town that is full of history and beauty.

What beaches have you been too? Have you been any places with a historical background? I’d love to hear 🙂

 

 

Sites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_Beach,_Maine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Neddick_Light