In this post, I will be doing something that was popular on YouTube a couple years ago, I’m not sure if it has been done in blog form, but I am going to do it anyway. I wil be listing 25 things you may not know about me.
We have started to enter the back-to-school season. Whether you are already back in school, you start in the next week, or you still have some time, I have one important piece of advice for this and every subsequent school year (as well as breaks). Start to make sleep a priority. When you are low on sleep, your body will not function as well as it could be. If you are in high school or college, you need more sleep than average for humans. I know that the start of school brings many changes. You go from having almost nothing to do to having a jam packed schedule of classes, activities, possibly a job, and then you have to find time to do your homework and socialize with people. How do you make it work? I can’t say for sure, because I am still figuring out how to balance everything. It takes a lot of planning, but you have to be willing to take care of your self. I think that sleep should be a priority for everyone. Maybe that means not continuing with certain activities or cutting back your work hours. As a teenager or young adult, we need sleep, more than adults. According to the National Sleep Foundation, high schoolers need 8-10 hours of sleep per night and college aged young adults need 7-9 hours per night. Although, keep in mind that we are all different, and your sleep needs might not match that of a friend or family member. In a world where it is normal to be constantly busy, we need to take time for ourselves and take care of our bodies and brains. Sleep effects a lot of stuff.
If you are on the internet as much as I am, you have probably come across someone blabbering about things that will inevitably happen when you are in college. Some of them are accurate, we all go through them, but not all of the “truths” are true for everyone. Here is a list of some college truths debunked.
I have always love learning foreign languages. They are very interesting to me, and they can open doors to a new culture. I love being able to read and listen to things in a different language. I know that not everyone has this feeling, but I have more of a passion for languages than most. What I do think, though, is that everyone should be required to take at least one year of a foreign language in school. I also believe that there should be a foreign language requirement for every bachelor’s degree. Since there are no absolute requirements in every state, some people are able to go their entire lives without learning one word of a second language. This is absurd to me, because of the increase in globalization, and the United States could easily fall behind if the upcoming generations are not prepared to communicate in a different language. Yes, I know that for some, a foreign language class (or classes) is required for high school and/or college, but that is not the case for everyone. One of my best friends is currently in school to be an elementary school teacher. Her high school did not have a language requirement for graduation, and because she has zero hours for elective classes, she couldn’t take a second language even if she wanted to. I think it is crazy that many future teachers will have not been trained in a foreign language. The number of immigrants to the United States has been growing, and it is not projected to stop anytime soon. How are these teachers supposed to communicate with their foreign students, or the parents of those students, if the teacher only speaks English? Is this the most pressing issue in our society? No, but so many other countries require proficiency in a second language, that it is ridiculous that the United States has not followed the trend. This, of course, is in part due to the fact that many states are cutting their education budgets, but that’s a topic for another day.
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As I write this, I am gearing up to move out of my family’s house for the first time, but when you read this, I will have already started classes at my new university. I have been through a lot to get to where I am, and I have a long way to go from here. I just transferred from a different university, and I couldn’t be more excited to get a fresh start. I don’t want to disclose where I am attending school, all I will say is that it’s a small state school not too far from where I call home.
As of the time of publishing, I have enough posts for two a week through mid-September.