Friday, November 22, 2013

"The Crucible" at West Broward High

November 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th West Broward High's drama program performed "The Crucible", Arthur Miller's classic drama on accused witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Here are some shots from the first night. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Ave Maria University

Being that I'm a senior, I need to start choosing what college I'm going to. I recently visited a school that I was accepted to. It's a beautiful Catholic University. I was very disappointed that it doesn't have a Journalism program, but the church on campus is lovely.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

How to pick a college that is right for you

Finding out where you want to go to school after graduation can be stressful. However, with some research and preparation, applying to and choosing a college can be a little less worrisome.

Have somewhat of an idea on what you want to study - Knowing what you find interesting and what you would most likely want to spend your life doing is key when deciding on a college or university. With that idea in mind, researching for a school will be ten times easier. For instance, I want to study journalism, that's why I want to go to the University of Florida, for its communications department. Focus on schools that are strong in your preferred field.

Pick an ideal location - If you grew up in the snowy mountains of North Carolina, chances are you might want to study somewhere warmer and less icy. If you can't stand to see yourself staying in state, or vice versa, look up schools that fit your ideal location. Want to study in state, but still have that I'm-away-from-home college experience? Look into schools that are a few hours away, that way you'll be somewhat close to your parents in the event of an emergency, and won't have to pay rising out of state tuition. Remember, you'll be spending four plus years here, so make sure you love your surroundings.

Stay in budget, but don't downgrade - If there's one lecture I get often, it's the tuition talk my parents give me. They don't want to break the bank when paying for my schooling, but they also want me to have the best experience possible. When looking for a university, make sure to keep in mind the costs, but don't downgrade. If you have your heart set on going to a private school, make sure you research all the possible scholarships they offer, so you'll pay as less as possible. Student loans are a scary thing too, my aunt still hasn't paid off hers yet, and she's 40. You won't want to be trapped in a web of payments most of your life, but you don't want to settle for a community college if you have your heart set on a big school. Take grants into account - it's free money that you don't need to pay back.

Monday, October 21, 2013

FSPA Districts

So, it was really cool to compete at the Florida Scholastic Press Association this year, and it was even cooler to get 1st place for On-The-Spot Photo! For all of my journo-nerds reading, here's my winning picture.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Concepts of Time

Every second in a day is unique. Think about it. Every single moment in one day's duration will never happen again on that exact moment of time.
 As you are reading this, you might not be conscious of it by seconds have passed that will never happen again.  But, in terms of time seconds are not the only concept of time that is special.

 Weeks that pass cannot be relived. Once a week has passed we are onto the next one, same with months and years.  
So ask yourself this, how does one live each second, day, week, year and so on to the fullest? That depends on what makes you, as a person, happy. What I try to do is try to make every person I meet smile at least once. You might ask why I do this, the answer is simple. 

You never know what type of day that person is having and by making them smirk or grin you might have made their day better or if not that one second. That’s better than nothing right?

Of course you do not have to do this, I was giving an example. But, why not try to smile or giggle at something silly knowing that lame joke or weird picture has just made you live a moment in time that will never happen again?

Also, I would like state in my opinion, this is valid until a working time machine is invented and we as a people can actually relive the past.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Acceleration of Technology in Today's Time

When was the last time you saw a VCR tape or a VCR player? Do you even know what a VCR tape is? How about Laser discs?  What about Floppy disks?

Back in the day, from maybe the 1960s to the late 1990s these items of technology were red hot. People thought they were hip if had that new smoking record from their favorite artist. These things are things of the past now, and considering all of the new technology in the world today, it makes sense.  

Think about in one days time how much of the things a person comes in contact with are digital? Let’s start from dawn to dusk, one wakes up maybe turns off an alarm clock. After successfully turning off that alarm clock five times and trudging into the bathroom they flick on the lights and freshen up. 

They make their way back to their bedroom flick on that light and get dressed. They do their hair maybe even a hair straighter or a curler, no bad hair days here. Feeling fresh and dandy they make their breakfast, using a toaster and an electrical stove they make the ultimate breakfast, an egg sandwich. 

They dash out the door and head off to live their day whether it be at school or work they encounter technology at every turn. Cell phones, televisions, office phones, cars, computers, the list can go on, depending where you are. 

They make it back home safe and sound they warm up some dinner and relax for a bit. It might be at a computer or maybe a television.  Relaxation may actually be somewhat analog for example reading a book but technology is there with that blinding LED light bulb. That's it from dawn to dusk.

Technology is everywhere and is evolving faster as time progresses.  What’s next on this ever accelerating agenda of technology? Will it include a mass production of hover cars and holograms?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Syria: Should we intervene?

President Obama has issued a letter seeking the House and Senate to weigh in on this pressing question. BBC News reports that 1429 people, 426 of them children, have died in a single chemical attack taking place in Syria at the hands of the government. Currently, the United Nations' weapons inspectors have left Syria after gathering evidence on the acts. The analysis of this evidence may take weeks to be completed. Meanwhile, innocent children and civillians continue to face inhumane violence as the world looks on; waiting for the United States to make a decision.
America is considered to be the greatest nation on Earth and one of the most envied because of our founding principle of freedom. Therefore, I firmly believe that we should step in. If we don't, who will? The United Kingdom's Defense Secretary has stated that the British army will not intervene while other nations are hesistant to make any final decisions.  

Our nation is a historial beacon of safety and justice, and thus we have a moral obligation to stand up for justice and human rights. This occurrence harkens back to the time of Hitler's regime, when millions of minorities were being persecuted and slaughtered in Europe during the Holocaust. The Allied Forces, including the United States, turned a blind eye to these monstrosites and waited years before acting upon such genocide. Precious lives could have been spared in that period, and the same is true for the civilians of Syria.

In addition to immediate action, I do believe that the United States government needs to inform the American public about what will take place in Syria and the extent to which the U.S. will participate in the country's affairs. I think that a lot of citizens felt that they were out of the loop when America entered the Middle East, an act of warfare that took an enormous economic and social toll on our nation. Thus, the public needs to be assured how we will deliver aid in a efficient and effective manner.