Monthly Archives: March 2012

Don’t Fight Racism, with Racism

I live in a predominantly Caucasian town. There’s not many African Americans, Hispanics, nor Asians. It’s a small town where everyone knows everyone, well at least they think they do.

For those of you that may not know, much of the KKK resided here in Indiana. Although it is now 2012, racism still exists. It’s very sad, but true. Today, my friends and I were in the lunch line when a boy, whom I already knew didn’t like African Americans, was making comments about how much better “white” rice was than fried rice, just because it’s “brown”. He also said that as a child, he always thought the “white power rangers” were better than the black ones.

Although racism is something that no one should ever have to get used to, it does still exist. I’ve learned to expect it, at least here in my little town. I once went to the mall with a friend and we were in a teddy bear store when 3 Caucasian teens walked in. They gave us the nastiest looks, then one of them pointed to a monkey and said, “This is what black people look like.” Again, all 3 of the girls turned to look at us. Another girl in one of my classes has made a few racist comments such as “All black people are dogs”. Someone has even taken it so far as to tell me, “Shut the f*ck up you f*cking nigger!”

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A Look Into My Eyes: Part 1

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Everyone wishes there was someone that could understand them. I’m not one of those people. I like that I’m complex because of the importance to stand out. You should never be a character in someone else’s story when you can be the author of your own. However, I’m going to give you valuable insight into how my mind works.

First off, I know who I am and where I come from. That is something that I never forget. Regardless of my interests, my background never leaves my mind. That is something that several people fail to realize. I am who I am not who I wish I was. Just because I like the challenge of learning another language, doesn’t mean that I wish I was born into it. I think the fact that I wasn’t makes it that much cooler.

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How to Reduce Test Anxiety

There’s just something about tests that freaks us out. You study all day and feel confident, yet that all changes when the test is in front of you. You start to panic and, as a result, you get a lower score. This has happened to everyone, especially on the SAT and ACT. But luckily for you, it doesn’t ever have to happen again.

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SAT vs ACT

I’ve recently taken both the SAT and the ACT. I, personally, was much more comfortable with the SAT and I kind of enjoyed it because I was able to do something that no one else could- relax.  I wouldn’t mind taking it again. In fact, I plan on retaking them both soon. I didn’t feel that either of them was hard (I get the scores back from the SAT on March 29th. EDIT: I got a 1670), however the time frame for the reading portion of the ACT really nipped me in the butt. I just can’t read fast enough to answer 40 questions in 35 minutes. Seeing how I’ve already experienced both of these very important tests, this article is about how I can help you do better.

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Why Crying Helps

It is a known fact that crying helps you to feel better. You’re body releases harmful toxins through tears. So why is it that “men don’t cry?” Here are a few reasons why you should.

According to helium.com, tears not only relieve stress, but also sooth the mind and heal the body. Emotional tears contain high traces of protein, manganese, potassium, and hormones such as prolactin. Manganese is an essential nutrient. A lack of manganese can lead to slowed blood clotting, skin problems, and lowered cholesterol levels, while too much, on the other hand, can cause health issues. Potassium is involved in blood pressure, nerve working, and muscle control. Prolactin is involved in stress and the immune system. Because women naturally have more prolactin than men, women tend to cry more (women cry 47 times annually, while men only cry 7 times annually). The levels of prolactin rise during pregnancy, explaining why women cry more during this time.

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Music in the Dominican Republic: Merengue

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The rhythmic melodies make you want to get up and dance. You can’t help but tap your feet to the music. No matter where you are, you just start smiling because Merengue has that kind of affect on people.

 

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Valedictorian Avoids Deportation

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Daniela Pelaez is a high school senior with a GPA of 6.7 (Yes, you read it right) and according to cnn.com, she is top in her class of 823 students.
She and her sister were scheduled to be deported until they were given a 2 year reprieve under prosecutorial discretion because they have not been in any trouble with the law.
Instead of deporting talented DREAMers, the DREAM Act should be passed. It would greatly benefit the US. Who knows, maybe Daniela will find a cure for cancer.
President Obama’s views on the DREAM Act & Immigration:

What is the DREAM Act?: