Hmmm

Hey guys! Should I start a video blog to go along with this one? It would probably save a lot of time if I’m being honest. The only problem is, I would still have difficulty finding a topic to talk about-also I would need a good video editing software-actually any would be good, I’m not going to make them super fancy or anything, but I think it could be a cool element to add.

Thoughts?

Anyways, my 18th birthday is coming up in around 1 ½ months so I’m having trouble deciding what to do to celebrate. It feels almost wrong to not celebrate but that’s what I’m leaning towards. I’m much more in favor of sleeping in late and going out with family and that’s it. But then, it is the big 18 so I feel almost obligated to celebrate-but one should never underestimate how lazy I am.

So, how should I celebrate?

DAY5

Hey guys! It’s day 5 on my a-post-a-day challenge and I’ll be honest-I’m so tired of this already. TWO DAYS left!

So, topic of the day is MYTH vs. FACT- the modern teen edition!

 

 

“Teens are addicted to technology.”

When we talk about technology in such a broad sense, it can mean a number of different things. But most people imply use of the internet and the thing about that is most of the time, ‘being ‘online’ means that we’re all engaging with other people at a rapid pace. It isn’t that we’re addicted to staring at screens all day, its that we’re addicted to each other. That we can’t go for more than a couple hours without some kind of human interaction-even if it’s through a screen.

“Teens are being careless about personal info on the internet.”

Its funny because you realize that unless you personally know me outside of this blog, other readers might ‘know’ a lot about me-but they don’t know me. We’ve grown up in an age where social media is such an important part of our culture, it’s part of being informed on a much larger and faster scale. I think that we know the importance of not sharing specific things because we know how dangerous social media is-because we can see its potential, both good and bad. And, one way we do it is this, having multiple accounts for different outlets. I have an email for personal info and friends and another for school. I have an Instagram for this blog and one for my friends. Its this compartmentalization of our internet footprints that keeps us safe.

“Teenagers never want to talk to their parents about their problems.”

This is a common belief I feel is incomplete. I think that this misconception is rooted in the idea that different generations will think differently and are raised with different societal expectations. That maybe my problem is something that my parents wouldn’t ever be able to help with because they’ve never had that experience. I don’t think that teens don’t want to talk to their parents. I think they do but they’re afraid of being misunderstood.

“Teens are drunks, smokers, and become parents before 18.”

Sure, there are teens who do drugs and drink and have unprotected sex. There are always a couple. So, let’s first talk about teenage pregnancy, you’ll find that in the US, as of 2016, there were only 20.3 births for every 1000 teenage females from the ages 15-19. It is the lowest teen birth rate recorded in the US and it has been continuing to decline. Guess you could say that thanks to sex ed- kids are smarter these days, no?

Tobacco use by teens and young adults has declined substantially in the last 40 years. In 2017, only one in twenty-five high school seniors was a daily smoker and less than one in ten smoked within the last thirty days.

A lot times underage drinking is something that people assume happens quite often-usually social drinking. But in actuality from 2002 to 2015, rates of underage drinking decreased and have remained relatively stable since then.

But all these facts don’t really mean much until you realize that this generation compared to the previous one have done all these things, but this generation just had lower rates-meaning they did it less frequently than their parents did.

There are definitely many other myths about teens but these few cover the more common general ones.

SKIN

I can never claim to be an experienced makeup guru or a skin care expert. But, I’ve been lucky in my life to be blessed with good, in-between, acne-free skin. It was like winning one of life’s many lotteries. That said, despite my luck-I don’t want to push it by doing nothing for my skin either.

So here’s my daily skin care routine:

I use Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72 HOUR Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. I experimented with a lot of skincare when I first discovered Sephora. This is one product that I use most often (face product) and I use it nightly and its really good for most skin types. A lot of people refuse to buy moisturizing and hydrating products if they have oily skin which is something that always confuses me because obviously oil is not the same as water.

I also use Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion-it’s really good for sensitive skin and while I don’t have that-I use it because it has better ingredients than the ordinary brands. It’s also scentless which is nice because scented lotions have a bunch of other additives just to obtain a pleasing scent some of which can cause allergic reactions.

I also use coconut oil in addition to cuticle oil on my hands, especially where my nails are. I wear acrylic nails a lot and so I have so called blender nails. It’s a lot of damage so I have to take care of them when I’m not wearing fake nails. I also use coconut oil on my lashes to grow them because I wear makeup like most people and false lashes will pull out my real ones. So, yeah.

BUT *disclaimer time* Just because these products worked for me-there is no guarantee it’ll work for you. 🙂 Sorry must be said. It’s true after all.

TECHNO

Sooo… it was Friday and my phone decided to glitch, proceed to message people randomly without my say so, and then die.

It was at that point that I realized how much I relied on my phone for daily things: reminders to write blog posts, alarms, messaging people, reading emails, etc. I know that phones are extremely important in today’s culture-but I never fully realized how easy it makes our daily lives.

It’s really something we all take for granted I feel. We have so many opportunities as a result of phones-and the internet on a wider scale- that its become somewhat of a norm, and we don’t appreciate it as much as we should.

Just something to think about I suppose.

MUSic

So… hmm… it is always such a difficulty deciding on what to write haha.

okay so! music!

I love music-I think that it’s a wonderful form of self-expression and it says a lot about who we are as people. Obviously different genres of music will appeal to different people and it can say a lot about them specifically. I like the music that you can sing along to. I’m no amazing singer but I can carry a tune (at least in my head I can :D) and I listen to music for hours and hours and -thankfully- I’m not deaf yet haha. Music speaks to us in different ways and it’s a very important part of any culture to have. It is a language everyone can understand and that connects us all (sappy much?). .

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What’s your favorite genre? contact me! I’d love to hear what you have to say!

STEREOHEARTS

Hey guys!

So, I need a better intro into these posts…

Anyways, stereotyping.

My thoughts: Its convenient for generalized descriptions of others and these stereotypes exist for a reason-much like clichés exist for a reason. Obviously, we shouldn’t be basing all of our judgements on perceived stereotypes but in all honesty, it is done quite a bit-for first impressions on strangers. To withhold judgement on others is difficult, by nature we judge others (are they threats to us-evaluating their worth to us, etc.) and stereotypes make it easier to make quick judgements but the problem with these quick judgements is that not everyone will fit into that mold and there is always going to be exceptions.

I think that all of us promote stereotyping, as a way to conform to society. To fit in, we change the way others see us so that we can fit in to already formed groups of “like-minded” people.

Stereotyping has such a bad reputation because of the few that don’t like to be labeled that are more outspoken and that’s okay. A lot of are recognized as being different because we choose not to conform and that’s a personal choice. But the crux of the matter is this: stereotyping does have a large effect of how people behave. Whether or not people conform or not is what is being affected.

TEACH

HULLO FRIENDS

So, as you know, I am full-time student-the fact that I am going to graduate soon has no bearing on that fact- and so, I’m always looking forward to seeing what teaching styles our future teachers will implement and whether or not these teachers are able to teach each and every student the concepts they need to know. Its really important for teachers to be able to adapt to different types of students’ learning paces in addition to teaching in a way that implements different types of learning (e.g. visual or hands-on learning).

I find that in general, really good teachers will use (in their lesson plans), a mashup of different activities each designed for different types of learning so that the point comes across for students. And, I feel that it is one of the more important traits of a teacher: the ability to adapt and work with students.

I remember being assigned a project for economics and we (my group and I) were assigned to describe what we considered should be the criteria for any staff member working at a 21st century high school. As we were working on this project, I noticed that while qualifications (e.g. education, experience, etc.) was important-what was really being emphasized was that the teachers really needed to be passionate about what they were teaching and be competent at conveying the information to different types of students-which is mostly borne of experience. But some new teachers are naturally charismatic and can keep their students on task, so it would be unfair to say that only experienced teachers are competent because sometimes the opposite is true-where more experienced teachers become lazy or complacent.

You know you have a good teacher when:

-you are able to recall a majority of whatever topic they’re lecturing about

-you are able to participate in discussions

-you are willing to be engaged in whatever activity the teacher assigns

-you actually do the work assigned

-you’re willing to respect the teacher and his/her rules

-you feel confident enough to share opinions and expect no judgement in return

Being a teacher isn’t easy- they have to know their subject but they also have to be able command respect through the way they teach and through their interactions with students. Respect is important, if students don’t respect the teacher in any form-they won’t be learning anything-no fault to the teacher or the student because it can be either one-but mutual respect is something that is necessary for a working classroom environment.

But yeah, I thought we needed a change of pace from relationships to something more mellow.