Yet another year has started here at North, and it's back at work. I don't know about you, but all I can think about is summer, sleeping, and FUN! As we walk out crowded halls at 8 AM, it is common to remember the good ol' days when at this time we were lying snoozing in our comfy beds without a care in the world. The freshmen are just getting used to things, the sophomores are feeling much older than last year when they were freshmen, the juniors are basking in the glow of being upperclassmen, and the seniors are marveling at how slowly the days are passing compared to the last three years. Now instead of riding around and relazing at home, homework and sports fill our evenings as we get back into the "school mode" as I like to call it. I don't mean to make it sound like school is a bad place to be...I don't feel that way at all. At school you get a chance to hang out with your friends and meet people you never would have gotten to know otherwise. Besides, where else can you get a complete meal for $1.70? I think that as we all head off to college and the work force, we will better appreciate our days at North. if only those days didn't start quite so early...
Issue 2-*Cough, Sneeze, Sniff*
"ACHOO!" That's all you hear at school these days. Well, that and sniffling. Yes, it's that time of year again...time to get sick. I have dealt with this problem personally, and I can tell you, it's no fun! I don't know the exact cause of this rampant cold strain, but it sure is strong. It could be the change in weather, the heat outside contrasting with the frigidness of class rooms, or it may just be that people don't cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough. I was sitting in one of my classes taking a thest the other day, and while everyone was sitting quietly, I could hear a chorus of sniffing coming from every direction with sporadic cough added in here and there. To everyone who has fallen victim to this common malady, I offer sympathy and best wishes for a speedy recovery. Just relax and get lots of sleep and fluids.
Issue 3-Rumor Mill
Heard any good gossip lately? If your answer is "no", apparently we don't go to the same school. I thing everyone knows what I mean. Almost any high school is a sure bet if you want to hear some good rumors, and North is no exception. I'm not trying to say that I've never talked about another person, but good gravy! I find the extent to which this gossip is sometimes carried out to be ridiculous, and I try to keep it to a personal minimum. I hav efirst-hand experience with the ferocity of this rumor mill> More than once, I have heard things about myself that are nowhere near the truth,a nd several of my close friends have siffered from cruel and vicious gossip. The question is: When do harmless rumors grow into outright savage lies? When an untruth hurts, damages, traumatizes, depresses, or negatively affects a person in any way, it has gone too far. I am sick of people who don't know when enough is enough. When a person finds that the most enjoyable part of their day is talking about or criticizing others, they need to back off and start some serious introspection.
Issue 4-A Helping Hand
There are a lot of ways to help those less fortunate, and as the colder part of the year approaches, we are reminded that there are many in need of such help. There are families who desperately need clothes, food, shelter, and many other things we take for granted daily. If you have any clothes you don't wear anymore, shoes you have outgrown, etc., it is a good idea to donate them to Goodwill, SAFE, or any of the other local centers. If you are interested in giving to charity or volunteering, consider joining one of North's service groups, such as Key Club or Interact. If you would just like to make an individual donation, but don't know where to take it, see me, and I will try to help you as much as I can.
This is the week of homecoming, and there are several events planned to celebrate this important week. As we have all seen, each grade has decorated a hall in honor of the game Friday, and they look great. This week is spirit week, and each day there is a different type of costume students can wear to show their school spirit. Monday is Twin Day, Tuesday is Country Day, Wednesday is Tacky Day, Thursday is Gender-Bender Day, and Friday, the day of the big game, is none other than Blue and White Day. Friday there will be a Powderpuff game during school, with female football players, male cheerleaders, and teachers dressed in drag. The lucky teacher who collects the most money in their jar will get to kiss a pig!
Issue 6-Workin' Katie Ledford
It is very common for high school students to have jobs these days. Jobs allow students to earn their own spending money without having to depend on their parents for an allowance. Even though jobs can be great, they can also add pressure to a teenís already over-stressed life. Juggling school, sports, and a job can quite a challenge, but some can handle it. If you are considering taking on a part-time job, think about how much time it will leave you to do everything else you need to get done, as well as how much time you will have left to enjoy this part of your life. Having a job as a teen can be very rewarding, but it isnít right for everyone.
Issue 7-Music Katie Ledford
Music is described in the dictionary as ďAn artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner.Ē That definition is a little over my head, but I think any true music fan sees music as much more than ďauditory communicationĒ. Music has a soul of its own, and is constantly helping to shape a person into who they will be for the rest of their lives, There are a lot of different types of music in the world today, and not every kind of music is for every person. Whatever kind of music you love, hold on to it. Music can calm you down, cheer you up, express your joy, or comfort you in times of sadness. Never underestimate the power of music in your life.
Issue 8-Halloween Katie Ledford
Well, itís that time of year again. Halloween is this Friday, and while many little kids have plans to go trick-or-treating, high school students are generally in search of something a little different. There are Halloween parties, scary movies to go see, haunted houses, hayrides, football games, late night basketball, and we are even lucky enough to have Scarowinds fairly close to us. Whatever your plans are for Halloween, just have a great time and eat lots of CANDY!!!
Issue 9-Stress Katie Ledford
It is truly amazing the amount of stress the typical teenager has to deal with. This semester is more than half over, and since school started we have been feeling the constant burden of obligations. There are books to read, worksheets to do, essays to write, the list goes on and on. On top of that, there is family stress, work-related stress, stress from relationships with your friends or significant other, and college and scholarship pressures for seniors. How on earth is a person to enjoy themselves when they can hardly breathe? There is a remedyÖSLEEP. Get as much sleep as you possibly can. Well, I donít mean sleep 20 hours a day, but if itís at all possible avoid staying up until 2 in the morning on week nights. Another important thing is to enjoy your weekends. If you let yourself relax on the weekends, youíll have a much better week.
Issue 10-Politik Katie Ledford
I was sitting at home the other day watching the news, and it occurred to me: this is not normal. Itís not that watching the news is a favorite pastime of mine, I donít really even like it. Honestly, what is there to like about it? The thing is, we still all need to watch the news from time to time, because as functioning members of society, it is up to us to at least know what is going on around us, even if we are too lazy to do anything about it. Every once in a while I marvel at the fact that the senior class this year will be able to vote in the next presidential election. I have to admit that it scares the heck out of me to realize that the people I played Duck, Duck, Goose with as a child will be deciding the fate of our nation. It scares me that I will be helping decide the fate of our nation. It is a paradox that the better our means of communication and information become, the more apathetic the masses grow. So while itís not normal for a person my age to watch the news or read a paper, itís not a bad thing. If we want to have any right to complain about the world, we at least need to know what weíre talking about.