5 Lessons I learned in High School That Had Nothing to do With Class

As my school career comes to an end, I can only think how different myself and everyone around me are. The following are the 5 most important lessons I have learned throughout my years in school.

5) The friends you started out with may not be the same as the ones you end with. We all have friends that we have known forever, especially in a small town. These friends are what I like to call situational friends, and these friends may seem like forever friends and the most amazing friends, but they probably aren’t. In fact, they probably aren’t even good friends. These friends will probably stay in touch for a while and then you may not talk for a while, or even ever again, because you will probably learn that you have actually nothing in common with these friends and if your path’s don’t naturally cross in the real world neither of you will make an effort to make them. This is totally okay; this is a really good thing.

4) The things that seem super upsetting now will get better IF YOU MAKE AN EFFORT TO GET OVER IT. tragedies happen, real tragedies and not real tragedies, but I can attest to the fact that in your senior year something will probably happen that is a real tragedy. This tragedy could be a loved one dying, someone you don’t know well dying, this tragedy could be as simple as crashing your car. Whatever the tragedy, it is going to affect you, and you will probably think about it all the time. The tragedy is probably even going to impair the simplest of tasks because it’s all you can think about. The tragedy happened and now you need to grieve, which, if you let the natural grieving period happen, you will get over it. After this, however you need move on, which is hard and it won’t happen on its own; you need to do whatever you need to do to get over it. When tragedies happened to me, every time I was close to crying or to thinking about my tragedy, I would tell myself not cry and to move one, but it still took months and months if actively re-affirming that I was okay and that it was going to be okay. You will be okay too.

3)You may think you have it all together, but that could change overnight. This is a serious one, like very serious. In December of grade ten, I had EVERYTHING figured out. I knew what I would

take in school, where I would go, where I would live, what I would do with my life, when I would have kids, how many kids I would have, what their names would be. But then, suddenly one day, I was laying in bed and thinking…. Do I even want to have kids? Do I even want to be a teacher? I don’t even like Melville. Overnight, I changed my mind, for years I had had the exact same plan, and I was so okay with this plan that when it changed my mind I was so afraid that I literally felt as though I was a different person, and I was a different person. I grew, and you will grow too.

2) Sometimes all you need is to look out for yourself, even if it means losing people. Remember people can be dead weight. Never change who you are because others won’t grow with you. People will always hate what you are doing. They will always be afraid of you changing or growing, and they will try to keep you at the same level as them. This is not okay. You are a worthy human who needs to be treated as you deserve. Dropping dead weight isn’t a loss; it’s a gain. Sometimes it is not about what you lose but what you gain losing it. Everyone matures at different paces and this means you will most likely grow apart from people who you once were synomous with. This is okay too.

1)This is the last thing, and it is probably the most important thing. You may be a totally different person now then you were at the beginning of high school, or the year, month, and week. You might not even be the same as the person you woke up as this morning. At this age, we change every second of every day. Your goal today is probably not the same as it was yesterday. As we mature, we see things differently and we want different things. Last week, you may have only wanted to work and not go to university; this week, you want to go to university and further your learning. You are not the same person you were yesterday and you are most defiantly not the person you will end as. Remember, just because you had egg whites for breakfast doesn’t mean you can’t have cupcakes or lemon cake *koskie* for supper.

Everyone makes mistakes along the way, and everyone beats themselves up for these mistakes, but the mistakes you make today don’t define who you are or will be tomorrow. These lessons changed me and made me see things in a whole new way. These things happen to almost everyone and when they happen to you remember that you are not alone.

Sincerely, Morgan

Is Your Bias Showing?

On June 30, 2015, an article titled You’ve been warned, America, gay marriage is just the beginning  by Fox News is written by Cal Thomas and the article has a title that could be taken either way, on one hand, it grabs attention and clearly shows the topic of the article; on the other hand, it seems like a real warning, like gay marriage, is something to be feared. once you click on the article you see this photo, a rather stunning photo of a pride flag with the supreme court in the background being waved by John Becker.John Becker, 30, of Silver Spring, Md., waves a rainbow flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday June 25, 2015. The same-sex marriage ruling is among the remaining to be released before the term ends at the end of June. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

This photo is the very first thing you see, this placement allows readers to be very sure that the article is in fact about gay marriage. Seeing this can go one of two ways, (a) it can entice the reader either because they are excited about the changes being made or it can

(a) it can entice the reader either because they are excited about the changes being made or because they oppose same-sex marriage or

(b) it can anger the reader because of the confirmation of the topic of the article.

so which ever way it has been interpreted by the reader this photo helps readers immediately develop their own bias. The photo also shows the subject of the flag and Becker being held higher than the supreme court, this can show us that the photographer sees the changes as positive and a is welcoming to the idea in question.  In the article you see facts about the ruling, the facts include:

  • it was a close call (5-4)
  • it allowed churches and religious institutions to still preach and teach that Same-sex marriage is wrong

These are included so those against or those on the fence of the topic can feel like their side was heard and their beliefs are being validated, this means Fox News doesn’t have to commit to anything except publishing the article. With no commitment to either side, Fox News doesn’t risk losing any readers. This part of the article you lose a bit of the bias, the pictures indicate PRO gay marriage but these facts seem to show a how maybe not all people are PRO gay marriage.

Further on in the article, it seems there is a shift in the topic of the article. The topic goes from gay marriage to better supreme court judge selection. Yes, that’s right a great change occurred and all people seem to care about is how the supreme court didn’t follow the constitution and why better judge selections need to be made.

The article says:

“This is diversity? No, this is enforced orthodoxy of a different kind and thus in violation of the Constitution and the special protection the Founders gave to people of faith”

This quote, however, is not even where the bias against gay rights are shown it is in the very last sentence Cal Thomas wrote

“If the zeitgeist and politics are more persuasive to some justices than the Constitution and the intent of the Founders, then justices should be held accountable by the political system and their terms limited.”

Both of the quotes seem to make equal rights seem like trends and irrelevant parts of society that are should not be recognized.  The article omits information like once interracial marriage was illegal and deemed wrong; in fact, this was only legalized in 1967 and the article blatantly overlooks the fact that all forms of marriage are legitimate and deserve the same kind of respect.

The article also included a video further discussing the topic which is worth the watch: master.m3u8

when reading the article there were no statistics or crowd counts, a few were revealed in the video, however, that definitely were impactful. The article did have an overtone of disapproval for the decision of the supreme court and it is not something those not looking could see, the media has a way of making you feel like you are on their side even if their side is narrow-minded.