Monthly Archives: May 2012

War on Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic that has increased considerably over the years. According to aacap.org, unhealthy weight gain due to a lack of exercise accounts for over 300,000 annual deaths. The annual cost to society for obesity is almost $100 billion. Obesity in children is becoming more common, but there are things that can be done to stop it.

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Why You Should Study Abroad

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The traditional classroom setting can’t even begin to compare to the experience of studying abroad. It just isn’t the same. It doesn’t matter how much time you put into learning a language. What matters is what you get out of it and this is where immersion comes to play.

It is said that it takes 10,000 hours to master something so with that being said, by studying a language for an hour every day for five years you would have obtained 1,825 hours of knowledge. It would take you almost 28 years to master something that you can learn within a month of immersion.

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My Photoshoot

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I don’t really take pictures too often. It’s not that I don’t like to, I just don’t have enough space for them on my memory card. But nonetheless, here are the pictures from my photoshoot.
If I can get 50 likes on the album (not the individual photos) I can get a free package and my senior pictures will be free.
While I was at the photoshoot, I had a blast. One of my close friends was also there with me. The pictures turned out great.
Didn’t see the hyperlinks? Here are more:
Me:
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My Friend:

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10 Most Beautiful Cities that I’ve Never Seen

There are so many beautiful cities that I’ve never had the opportunity to visit. I can only admire them through photos, which is exactly what I’m going to do in this post. Here is a list of the most beautiful cities that I’ve never seen (in no particular order):
1) Tokyo, Japan
    

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The neon lights and unique, winding highways easily make Tokyo number 1 on my list. It’s so high-tech and super cool!

2) Hawaii, US

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I know it doesn’t count as a city, but the whole island is beautiful. Its glistening oceans, scenic forests, and picturesque volcanoes create a relaxing atmosphere about the whole island. I would love to surf the waves in Hawaii!

3) Italy
Italy is easily one of the most beautiful countries that I’ve never seen. I had a tough time choosing between cities, so I chose three.
Rome for its colosseums

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Florence for its art

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And Venice for its canals

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4) Moscow, Russia

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Lucid Dreaming

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There’s a world that only you can control. You can do what you want to do and go where you want to go. The air is fresh and the breeze is great. You can reach up and grab the stars or better yet, be the first person to walk on the sun. And the best part is, you can do it all in the warmness of your bed.

So, you might be wondering “What is lucid dreaming?” Well, good. You’ve come to the right place. A lucid dream is any dream in which you realize that you are dreaming. You have full conscientiousness while you are asleep. This realization leads you to be able to control any aspect of the dream. Sounds cool doesn’t it?

I’ve been lucid dreaming for as long as I can remember. The other kids used to laugh at me when I said that I could control my dreams. But it’s not weird at all. Anyone can do it. So why should you? Lucid dreaming has many benefits.

Be more in control.

When you lucid dream you have the ability to do whatever you want. You can pause, fast forward, or rewind the dream. You can even change the scene and make objects appear or disappear. Some people love to fly in their dreams.

Death doesn’t mean dead.

Many people believe that if you die in your dream, you die in real life. The only way someone would die from a dream is if they were scared into a heart attack by a nightmare. By controlling your dreams, there’s a much lower chance of having a nightmare. If you are scared into a nightmare, try to blink your eyes because people don’t blink in dreams. This causes your mind to “wake up.” Falling in a dream will also wake you up so you can try to jump off of something.

What causes lucid dreams?

People become conscious during dreams when they realize something out of the ordinary or when they notice something extremely detailed. There are certain things in a dream that can cause you to become conscious like:

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AP Exams

AP exams are right around the corner. Why does that matter? Your score on the exams dictate the grade that you will get in that college-level course. If you don’t take AP classes, you should consider one for next year- that is if you’re up for it.

Why take an AP class?

AP courses help acquire the skills and habits you’ll need to be successful in college. You’ll improve your writing skills, problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, and develop time management skills and study habits. An AP course is more weighted than any other class. A B in an AP class is the equivalent of an A in a normal class. Colleges not only look at your grades, but also the difficulty level of your schedule. A C+ in Physics is more desirable than an A+ in gym. With that being said, colleges favor AP courses for a number of reasons. Rigorous classes show that you are a hard-working student who wants to excel. AP classes also show what grade you are likely to get in that college-level course.

So how are they scored?

AP exams are scored on a scale of 1-5, with a 5 being the highest possible score. Most colleges and universities will award college credit for scores of a 3 or above.

  • 5 = extremely well qualified to receive college credit and/or placement
  • 4 = well qualified to receive college credit and/or placement
  • 3 = qualified to receive college credit and/or placement
  • 2 = possibly qualified to receive college credit and/or placement
  • 1 = no recommendation for receiving college credit and/or placement

AP Exam scores of:

  • 5 are equivalent to grades of A in the corresponding college course.
  • 4 are equivalent to grades of A-, B+, and B in college.
  • 3 are equivalent to grades of B-, C+, and C in college.

Points are no longer deducted for incorrect multiple choice answers therefore you should do your best to not leave anything blank. AP exams consist of a multiple choice section and a free-response (essay) section. You should look for key words in the questions such as except, not, or always. Also, try to avoid data dumping because this may result in a lower score.

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Study well (Aim to work smarter, not harder) and remember to relax while taking the exams. Good luck! I know you all will do great!