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A Little Piece of Star(Hero’s Journey Story

“Hey, you, the one with the hair over your face, yeah, you.”

Quivering from his voice, she forced her head upwards, hardly pushing the long black hair that draped her head like a curtain, not wanting to look at his eyes. Inhaling a sharp breath, her own mouse-grey eyes locked with another pair of eyes, a cold, icy blue.

“Your drawings are stupid. I thought you were a good artist.”

His friends chuckled, roughly patting him on the back, a few stepping closer to her. Just like that, she was now the center of attention. The kids were no longer counting the stars on the shiny, squeaky whiteboard, building Lego towers, or reading their picture books. Their eyes were all on fixed on her, waiting to see what the Cool Kid was going to do.

‘No, please, no, just NO more looking at me. I hate it… I hate it… I HATE IT.’ She inhaled a little quicker than normal, copying the drumbeat inside of her chest that was beating harder, faster, louder.

“Aw, the little baby is gonna cry… what are you drawing, crybaby? Some dumb smiley faces? Itty-bitty flowers… look at this they’re SINGING!”

The class roaring with laughter this time, laughing as the Cool Kid laughed, knowing that pleasing him put them on the “safe side.” And everyone wanted to be on the “safe side.” 

‘They’re… looking at me… watching me… I hate it.’

“S-stop that.”

The Cool Kid turned around, narrowing his eyes at her.

“What did you say?”

Blinking rapidly, she said it again, this time whispering them softer, so soft the words barely escaping from her lips. 

“Stop what?”

In one swift movement, he snatched the paper from her desk, grasping it firmly, a deadly smirk plastered on his face. And in another movement, just as swift as the first one, he tore the paper in half. Sniggering, he held up one fraction in one hand and the other fraction in his other. Out of nowhere, he began crumpling the papers, then squishing both pieces under his muddy shoe. 

“NO! P-please… no…no…” 

“P-puh-lease… nooo! What a stupid crybaby, sobbing over a piece of paper. Get over it.”

*screeeeeeeeeech*

The school bell was indeed a pitiful thing, much unlike the ding-a-ling sound she was so accustomed to from Sunshine Elementary. Junior High brought all sorts of new, loud, and confusing elements, with all the identical, chipped, pale yellow buildings lining each court, along with many obstacles(most consisting of human shoving matches) to avoid. The only thing Nova’s scattered thoughts found comfort in was that Erik, the “Cool Kid,” as he was known back in elementary school, would not be attending Valerion Middle School. Still, she swore she could see his smirking face in the halls now and then.

This day happened to be a very uneventful one, just as all her previous first days of school usually were. Everyone talked about the  after-school clubs, the only thing most people heard about all day. After school clubs happened to be something that Sunshine Elementary possessed very few of, and nothing caught her interest back then. But this year, the clubs came in dozens, taking up a whole bulletin board. 

‘The after-school art club… Huh. I might join,’ Nova thought, slowly taking in a breath. Art was something that enriched life, making it more worth living. It never failed to make her happy, unlike everything else in her life. Art would never leave her, belittle her, and never judge her for who she was. Shivering, Nova blinked away the image of Erik’s cackling face.

The next day, she found her feet instinctively take her to the bulletin board which presented all the after-school clubs and activities broadly. Nova weighed the options in her mind the whole night before, but couldn’t come to a final decision. So, before she could change her mind, Nova grabbed the pen. Tentatively, she forced her hands to reach towards the sign-up sheet, trying to control her shaky, pale hands-just long enough to sign her full name. 

“H-hey.”

As Nova looked up to see who could be talking to her, of all people, she found herself grasping on the pen again as it attempted to slip through her fingers. When she looked up, there stood a boy with messy chocolate-brown hair and the greenest eyes Nova had ever beheld.

“Uh, h-hi, I’m Logan. May I borrow the pen when you’re done using it?”

“O-oh, yeah, I’m done, I’m sure. I mean, of course, you can,” Nova answered, feeling her cheeks warm at the klutzy statement.

Passing the pen to him, she noticed that he began filling the signature box for the art club, just like her.

“Do you like art?”

Nova regretted saying those words as soon as it slipped from her mouth. Of course he would like art if he signed up for an art club.

“Um, yeah, I believe art is something which makes us whole as humans. Something that can… I don’t know, paint the world in vibrant color?”

Blinking, she inhaled her breath a little quicker than normal, and for the first time in a long time, smiled.

“It wasn’t… cheesy or anything right?” Logan asked, scratching the back of his head. Nova noticed he suddenly found the floor very interesting to look at.

“Not at all. I found it rather captivating.” Nova dropped her voice on the last word with a small smile, just loud enough for him to hear.

From that day on, Nova found herself seeing Logan more and more. Although their conversations were mostly about silly little things, like about little nervous habits they did and preferences in art styles, it was the most exciting thing she had done in years. Nova had not felt this way in years, the last time being before her best friend, Shelby, moved away.

One day, on a day that Nova had come extra early to talk to Logan, she did not see him in their normal meeting place. Thinking perhaps he walked to homeroom, she decided to take a shortcut through the eighth-grade court to surprise him.

“Give that sketchbook to me… and I promise not to break it.”

Shivering, Nova froze, feeling the all-too-familiar thumping in her chest. That voice… although it wasn’t Erik, the tone was the one that Erik often used. 

“N-no… I won’t. It’s mine, not yours. Plus, I didn’t even bring it today,” a voice responded.

Feeling her heart squeeze, she decided to steal a glance to what was happening behind that corner. Her heart squeezed as she recognized Logan’s face, his face drained of color, but steady. His fear still showed, proof being in his hands, which violently shook. It reminded her of what she faced throughout elementary school Nova remembered how she hated it-hated being bullied and hated not being strong enough to stand up for herself.

“I know you have it, you nerd. I saw you stuffed it in your backpack today. So man up and give it to me.”

Seeing Logan’s face caused her to feel what she felt not so long ago being, being taunted and pushed around like something that didn’t matter. Seeing it made her blood boil, hotter than she had ever felt in her life. 

“Hey, you! S-stop that!”

Whirling his head around, the boy growled.

“What did you say?”

Gulping, her feet dragged her closer to the tall, rough man that stood before her. No, not a man, just a boy. Just a boy.

“You say he should man up but aren’t you the one who needs to do that? If you’re a man, then you wouldn’t bully him. A real man would talk it out, then why are you threatening to ruin his work? You don’t know how hard he worked on it. I bet you have never known what it feels like to do something like that!”

The words tumbled out of her mouth faster than she could think, her lips moving on their own. But this time, she didn’t feel like it happened to be a mistake. Maybe her sentences didn’t flow well and the words came out messy. But for the first time in her life, she said what she wanted to without feeling trapped, without feeling like she any less of a being than him.

Staring at his eyes, she saw the man-turned-boy flinch but still maintaining his gaze at. No, she would not give in this time. Not this time, nor any time after that. 

Jerking his eyes away from Nova, he slowly trudged away from them, muttering, “This time you win, you nerds. You better be ready for next time.” 

Thank you for those who are reading this! This is a story follows most of the stages of the “Hero’s Journey” template, which involves a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed. The hero can be anyone from a normal person facing everyday obstacles to a superhero fighting off the gods! (Here’s a site that I think explains the Hero’s journey well; https://blog.reedsy.com/heros-journey/)

It would be greatly appreciated if you send your feedback! 😀

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Worth my Weight…

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Don’t look at me like that,

Only see big, useless, and fat.

Don’t snicker and call me names,

Simply because you see me as different and lame.

Don’t view me as a funny, living, lump,

Viewing me, as some sort of food dump.

Hear me, the words I speak,

And then I might seem a little less bleak.

I ask that you look at me as who I am,

Everything you see on the outside, you sham.

Don’t cast me aside, no, you don’t dominate,

Don’t judge my worth by my weight.


In honor of this sad, corona-virus infected March, since we have no real March Madness going on, whether it’s the basketball tournament or the classroom poetry competitions, I decided to continue traditions anyway and create a little poem, dedicated to trying to replicate the thoughts of someone who is shamed for being fat.

At first, the person asks people to not look at them, “like that.” This person knows his situation, and doesn’t like that people have to be so demeaning and unfair. As the poem progresses, this person’s confidence is no longer unwavering, and finally is able to say to themselves, and to everybody else, that their weight, as a fellow human being, should not be by their weight.

I know that in this society, it’s pretty tough. People are cast aside and shunned because of their, “differences,” whether it’s their body, their race, their religion, etc. There’s always something that makes us deemed lower in the eyes of others. Everybody has faced this sometime in their lives, I can guarantee you that, so please, please view the person in front of you, as an equal, despite appearances.

Remember,

“Beauty is only skin deep.”

Sir Thomas Overbury, 1613

Thanks for reading!

If you would like to see more of my work for this project, please visit this page(it has links to all the posts I have published for this project thus far): https://starstorm.home.blog/2020/03/27/obesity-the-great-expansion20-time-project/

Utopia-Unreachable Unlikely…?

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(Art of futuristic, utopian society)

“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without color, pain, or past.”

Lois Lowry

According to Google, a utopia is” an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.” That means that to every single person in a society is happy and there are no troubles. However, that is impossible, since everybody’s definition of happiness and perfection differ greatly. Also, if a society tried to fix its mistakes in order to become utopian, then they could cause more problems, which could become a never-ending cycle. Overall, a utopia cannot exist.

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(“Utopia is that which is in contradiction with reality.” – Albert Camus)

In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the author introduces a society that was “utopian,” but ultimately became dystopian. The people in this society have lost depth and the ability to truly think, instead being sucked into their bright screens and fake, flashy realities. The TV shows they watch become all they ever obsess about, not about the real people or experiences in their own lives. For example, Mildred calls the people in her shows, “her family,” and yet cannot even remember the place where she first met Montag, her own husband. Furthermore, what caused everyone to be like this, is the burning of books. Without books, people can’t explore deeper and more meaningful concepts. They aren’t comfortable with unfamiliar ideas or any sort of question that forces them to think, and in an effort to distract themselves from it, they let themselves be absorbed by digital media or simply ending their lives. “Whirl man’s mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!(59)” Their values have become so twisted and inhumane that it is normal for children kill each other and suicides occur everyday. Life is tossed around played with like it’s a game, and no one cares who dies. Overall, people in this society have lost communication, depth, individuality, and no longer have moral values; in essence, they have lost what made them “human.”

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(Man staring at many TV screens)

In modern society, it is no question that utopia does not exist. Our world is nothing close to perfection, drowning with problems on a world-wide scale, such as homelessness, global warming, pollution, unemployment, racism, and violence. Some of these conflicts have remained unsolved for hundreds, even thousands of years. And yet, these problems are only the major issues. There are still thousands of other, smaller obstacles we have yet to overcome Also, our world is becoming more and more similar to Fahrenheit 451’s society. Most of us would rather play video games than take a stroll outside, and not just notice, but truly appreciate the little things, like stopping to smell the roses. As Clarisse(from Fahrenheit 451) once said, “I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly…(13)” We are starting to depend on technology more, and our want for it makes us feel like it is a need. More people talk over the phone or text each other than actually talking in person, which, in actuality, is distancing ourselves instead of bringing us closer together. Social media becomes a platform where one can say anything, all the while suffering no physical consequence since their identity is hidden by a screen. Sometimes people become so obsessed with their comments and likes on their posts that they can sacrifice their health, and even their lives. To add on, people argue over the smallest things and oftentimes don’t think of the consequences of their actions. When someone gets hurt, people just pass on the blame to others, instead of trying to do something helpful or positive. All in all, modern society is not a utopia because of the many problems we have yet to solve. 

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(Appreciate the little things flower art)

A utopia is not attainable and never will be. This is because in order for a society to be a utopia, every person must be satisfied and happy, and there is no way to fill the needs and wants of every individual without interference from another individual’s wishes or sacrifice. If you ask what “perfection” is to a hundred different people, you would receive a hundred different responses. For instance, in Harrison Bergeron, by Kut Vonnegut Jr, everyone is equal in terms of physical strength, intelligence, talent, and looks. But by striving for equality, people have lost individuality and the freedom of doing what one is passionate about. By fixing the problem of everyone being equal, it caused even more problems in the society, and it became dystopian. Secondly, some will not want a utopia because of their own selfish nature. As Gandhi once said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s need, but not every man’s greed.” Some people are fine with knowing that while they are content, people out there are suffering. They will not want to give up a portion of their wealth or pleasure just so someone else can have those luxuries too. Because of each individual’s perspective on perfection and by man’s greedy nature, there is no way to create a perfect utopia. 

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Image of a man blinded by his greed; his desire for wealth

In conclusion, a utopian society isn’t achievable, and is unrealistic to aim for. In Fahrenheit 451 and in our current society, along with many other examples, a utopian cannot exist because of what people consider to be “perfection,” humanity’s own greed, and the sacrifice of something else. What people should strive for instead is to be the best they can be to themselves and others around them, and to fix their own problems before moving on to others. 

End Note: Two great books that revolve around the idea of a utopian society in clude; The Giver and Fahrenheit 451(the one I have used for my examples). If you have not read these books already, I highly encourage you to!

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The Uncharted Lands… Global Warming

This is one of my recent works that I have made for school, and as you can guess, it’s about addressing the issue of global warming, and a teen activist, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, who is fighting to stop it.

Two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef has been damaged as a result of global warming. And that’s not the only effect of this worldwide problem that we have gotten into, with the rising temperatures breaking records every year. People like Xiuhtezcatl Martinez are fighting to stop this problem that has had a large effect on our earth. Martinez believes in the fight for a world that we want to live in, and that we want future generations to enjoy.

To begin, global warming is caused by multiple sources. The most widely known and largest contributing factor is the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil. The problem is, we use it in our everyday lives whether it’s the gas of our cars to electricity production to other factories. It emits primarily carbon dioxide, which is a type of greenhouse gas. When greenhouse gases are put out in the atmosphere, it absorbs infrared radiation, which slows its escape from the atmosphere. Therefore, it traps heat in like a warm-air blanket that surrounds earth in which is called the greenhouse effect, even though greenhouse gases only make up 1 percent of the atmosphere. Deforestation also contributes to greenhouse gases. Since trees take in carbon dioxide to give off oxygen in its place, it creates a balance of gases in the atmosphere. With 50,000 sq. miles of forest being lost each year due to the larger demands from the increasing populations of humankind, it’s no longer stable. Other contributors would be the methane released from landfills and agriculture, and nitrous oxide from fertilizers. According to national geographic, just a molecule of methane produces more than 20 times the warming of a molecule of CO2, while nitrous oxide is more than 300 times more powerful than CO2. Fracking, although one of the less widely known causes, is the process of injecting high pressure liquid to extract oil or gas, causes gas leaks, and natural gas contains primarily methane. While the fracking industry has made more jobs for Americans, one day there will be no more fossil fuels, and those jobs will be lost anyway, all the while releasing dangerous substances. And then there are the overwhelming list of effects caused by global warming. It can hardly be compared to anything else, in which Barack Obama states, “ There’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent threat of a changing climate.”(weforum.org) Already the consequences have shown, but they can only grow to more severe outcomes. One example is California’s ongoing drought. As Amanda Macmillan, a freelance journalist, states, California’s worst water shortage in one thousand-two hundred years has been intensified from 15% to 20% by global warming. The odds doubled in the past century, the chance for similar droughts happening in the future are climbing higher. Not only will there be more frequent droughts, but intensified hurricanes, longer allergy seasons, disrupted habitats, the eventual extinction of some species, and the melting of glaciers in Antarctica. Since 2002, Antarctica has been losing about 134 billion metric tons of ice each year, an alarming rate that will cause the ocean to rise several meters in the next century, which can eventually lead to the coastal flooding of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. With this pile of troubles, the scale is tipping more than ever in the majority of greenhouse gases and the more there is of it, the worse each year will get.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez(pronounced Shu-tez-cat), name meaning the “turquoise warrior,” is the 19 year old Youth Director of Earth Guardians, “tribe of young activists, artists, and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and co-creating the future we know is possible,” has been working to stop global warming. Born in Boulder, Colorado, he was raised in the native Aztec traditions of his father, saying, “My dad taught me that all life is sacred. When I was a little boy, we would always talk about our responsibility to protect our land, our culture, our earth as indigenous people. These teachings are the foundation of the music I write and the things I fight for,” and advocating for social and environmental justice with his mother, who is the executive director of Earth Guardians, both parents being seasoned activists (xiuhtezcatl.bio). With a love for nature while watching the environmental destruction of society around him, he decided that he wanted to do something about it, saying, “Now, I work on climate change, fracking, and indigenous issues because I have a personal investment in them, and because I recognize that this issue going to affect all people, but especially people of color, indigenous people, and youth.”(teenvogue.com) When he was younger, Xiuhtezcatl family was just one among the 22 million people who have already been displaced by sudden weather-related hazards caused by global warming. It is no wonder that at the young age of six that he started speaking at conferences and demonstrations from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro to the United Nations in New York, having spoken at over a hundred events around the world. His work has been featured on many shows including  PBS, Showtime, and HBO. “An impressive spokesman for a viewpoint the world needs to hear,” Bill Kibben of 350.org calls Xiuhtezcatl. 

Over the years, he has been working to stop global warming by taking action. Whether it is singing passionately through hip-hop or working on speeches, he’s constantly trying to raise a more aware world to do something, saying, “It’s not about being an activist. It’s about recognizing the power you have to make a difference.”(teenvogue) He has worked on successful campaigns to get pesticides out of parks, regulate coal ash, and achieve bans on fracking in Colorado cities, and has even been able to make people in his town pay fees for using plastic bags.  In 2013, Xiuhtezcatl received the United States Community Service Award from President Obama, and was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the President’s youth council. Later on, he became the lead plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the federal government for their failure to protect the atmosphere for future generations, saying, “Our constitution was written so that we the people could protect our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This includes our right to clean water, clean air and a safe climate. If our government fails to protect these rights, it is the duty of Coloradans to take these matters into our own hands.”(westword) Besides leading the current lawsuit, he has also been working on banning fracking, asking for restrictions on fracking near schools and hospitals that significantly limit the scope of the industry. “We’ve gotten threats from the oil and gas industry… things happen when people start to tell the truth about big industries that are coming in and taking advantage of communities, and taking advantage of resources,” says Xiuhtezcatl(huckmagazine.com).  Overall, Xiuhtezcatl has been working to change the laws to ban the harmful substances and processes that are harming our environment.

In conclusion, Xiuhtezcatl is a very effective teen activist. He is striving to raise awareness and to make those in power take action. Xiuhtezcatl, a teen activist and hip-hop artist, has been working to produce a better world for generations to live in, whether through his music or trying to change laws for the better. He believes if we work together and fight, then we can make this a world that our descendants will enjoy.

Martinez Xiuhtezcatl (image from: https://www.earthguardians.org/xiuhtezcatl )

Works Cited:

“About Xiuhtezcatl.” Xiuhtezcatl, Brooke, 2018, www.xiuhtezcatl.com/bio/.

Martinez, Xiuhtezcatl. “This 17-Year-Old Is Standing Up for the Environment in a Major 

Forsberg, Michael. “Causes of Global Warming.” National Geographic, National Geographic 

Partners, LLC. , 14 July 2017, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/global-warming-causes/. 

Martinez, Xiuhtezcatl. “This 17-Year-Old Is Standing Up for the Environment in a Major Way.” Teen Vogue, TeenVogue.com, 27 Apr. 2018, www.teenvogue.com/story/xiuhtezcatl-martinez-explains-why-hes-fighting-climate-change.

Nierynck, Robin. “The 14-Year-Old Environmental Activist That’s Changing This Generation.” Huck Magazine, 16 Dec. 2015, www.huckmagazine.com/perspectives/activism-2/kid-warrior/.

Olabi, Nora. “Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Talks Music, Politics and Suing the Government.” Westword, 28 Mar. 2018, http://www.westword.com/news/colorado-supreme-court-takes-up-xiuhtezcatl-martinez-case-on-fracking-9945864.

PE: Making GPA No Easy Exercise

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tired from running

Today I’ll be sharing with you an essay I wrote addressing the issue of whether your PE grades should affect your GPA. Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on this. ^v^

Sweat dripping off your forehead as long, heavy breaths of air are forced down your lungs, feet stumbling, struggling to finish the laps around the gym court, as you hope the coach doesn’t look at you. Yet you know you are silently being graded as the teacher glances at you, shaking his head in disappointment as he marks down something on his paper. Then suddenly, it’s the end of the trimester, and you look down at your grades only to see your perfect GPA spoiled. In many of the schools today, a commonly asked question would be, “ Should students’ grades in PE affect their overall GPA?” ‘No,’ you think, ‘I shouldn’t be graded on this just because I can’t run fast enough… right?’ With PE affecting our GPA, it isn’t making it fair, because everybody is born differently, you can be graded incorrectly, and it affects the college you go to.

To start off, not everyone is the same. Our bodies are built differently, from short to tall and thin to wide. How much a person weighs or how long someone’s legs can greatly affect someone’s overall performance, such as running. Carrying all those pounds are going to slow you down, and if your legs are shorter you have to take more strides to equal those with longer legs, resulting in more of an effort from your body. Not to mention everyone grows at different rates during high school, which is the time that grades matter. At times, it’s not even our fault, with genetics and body types to fight. And what about those who have medical problems? Some kids are just born with asthma and diabetes, along with a looming pile of other problems that might never go away throughout their lifetimes. Should we grade them when they’re in such conditions? Those who are athletes will boost their GPA when it is actually meant for their academics. It almost a discrimination, with all the varying physical attributes that people have.

In addition, you can be graded incorrectly. So the question is, “How is PE graded?” While it does grade on participation and effort, the main part of the grade is the tests and being able to reach the minimum, like any other class. As told above, not everyone is the same. That means that some will be naturally stronger, standing on the top, while others will be hanging on the thread of average hoping that they won’t fall to the below average line. Sometimes, effort simply isn’t enough when you’re up against talent. Whoever’s in charge of PE classes might not see how some struggle more than others, which results in an unfair grade. Not everyone’s limit is the average limit of the state. Being unable to reach a minimum that, at that point in time, is unreachable, shouldn’t matter. What truly matters in PE is education on how to be fit and to participate, alongside with the improvement and growth of each individual.

Finally, it affects the college you go to. Basically, the rest of your future lies in the hands of your GPA. Colleges greatly consider your GPA and class rank for admission. Having the privilege of being part of a sports team depended whether or not you could keep up good grades. So how come we’re grading it now? Second, in some cases, just one bad grade can drag down your entire year of grades, no matter how many A’s you got, especially when in your junior and senior years of high school. Should non-athletic people who actually have the brains and have done the work and effort be denied being doctors or a lawyer because of the PE grades in their GPA? Why should the athletes get better scores just because they are born that way instead of those who work hard to attain academical understanding and scores? While being fit is important, it shouldn’t dampen the chances of someone reaching their full potential when it doesn’t even require much physicality. Unless you are planning to be an athlete or be part of the army, it shouldn’t show up on your GPA. Besides those, only about 14% of jobs require heavy work, and that percentage is decreasing as more jobs that involve technology are pushing the numbers. Should we let all of these factors affect the college we go to?

To sum it up, not everyone’s born with the same talents and physical attributes, those who aren’t athletic can be graded incorrectly and have different limits, and last but not least, it affects the college you go to and paves which way your life will go. We shouldn’t do that to people who actually deserve that GPA score but aren’t as athletic to others. So in conclusion, because of all of these points, PE should not affect our GPA.

Works Cited:

Sundquist, Kate. “Can I Get Into a Top College With a C on My Transcript?” 

CollegeVine, 19 Nov. 2017,  (https://blog.collegevine.com/can-i-get-into-a-top-college-with-a-c-on-my-transcript/)

Banis, Casie. “New Gyms Grades Create GPA Tug-of-War.” 

Chicago Tribune, 30 Nov. 1997. (https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1997-11-30-9711300323-story.html)

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Chocolate Milk VS White Milk

As I was looking through my files… I found an old school project I made back in fifth grade about whether school cafeterias should serve chocolate milk daily. So I will post it here.


I think that our school cafeteria should serve chocolate milk daily.

First of all, it is a healthy part of a young kid’s diet. Studies show that chocolate milk has less than half of the carbohydrates, added sugar, and fat of soda/sports drinks.  It has the same essentials nutrients as white milk. Some might say that milk has zero or little effect on the growth of bones, either if it’s flavored or not. I believe it matters on the quantity you consume daily, and the brand of milk (any flavor) you drink. 

Second, chocolate milk has a different flavor than white milk or any other milk. It results in more kids who want to drink this type of milk. People who drink chocolate milk don’t consume more added fat, sugar, and calories than non-milk drinkers. (Some might say that the chocolate adds extra sugar which can possibly lead to health problems, but it depends on how much you drink.) It is good to drink a certain amount each day, preferably one small glass.

The chocolate in chocolate milk can contain some extra sugar, but it can provide you with much more. According to some new researches, dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, and reduce the risks for heart attacks. Like milk, it maintains healthy bones and teeth. 

If we serve chocolate milk at our school, kids who don’t get the nutrients they need can drink chocolate milk at school, and it will boost their immune system and overall fitness.

Overall, I think chocolate milk is a delicious and healthy choice to drink. I think it should be served in our school cafeteria, for it is a nutritious and delicious part of a person’s diet.

Here are some sites I found interesting:

And now, I will end with a joke:

"We ran out of chocolate milk. I don't do white milk."
“We ran out of chocolate milk. I don’t do white milk.”

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