From a Sophomore to a Freshman

This is it. The beginning of the year. This being some people’s first year in high school, and for others, their last. Summer seemed to have flown by and everything is getting back into the swing of things. Everyone is counting down the days until we get to leave for summer break. But that’s the thing. The majority of us will come back in the fall, while others might not show their face at Mesquite ever again. But in light of everything, I wanted to give incoming freshmen an insight of what I’ve learned as a freshman:

1. Stay involved. But not too involved.

Being involved with extra curricular activities is what makes high school fun. You don’t really get the full high school experience without them. Now, don’t go signing up for anything and everything. No matter how tempting is, doing too many things can stress you out. Your grades come first. Start slow, find out how well you work with a short amount of time, then you can start doing extra things.

2. Don’t procrastinate. Do things when you get them.

If you do the work you get as soon as you can, you’ll have more time later to do whatever you like. It also helps you not stress about how much work you have to get done. Procrastination brings so much stress that it’s not even worth it. Netflix can wait, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

3. Make friends with almost everyone.

Did you know, that you could make a friend with literally anyone? Everyone has at least one thing in common, you just have to try hard enough to find it. I’ve become so close with the most unexpected people, but they’re also some of the people I laugh the hardest with. Making friends in high school is so important and there’s so many great people in high school, you just have to find them.

4. You are amazing.

You know that guy or girl (I don’t judge) that you’re still hung up on? They’re not worth it if they can’t seem to see everything you have to offer. Don’t chase someone who is chasing someone else. Devote your time to getting an education, not a relationship. You. Are. Amazing. You don’t need a significant other to be complete, if you’ve gotten this far without that person, imagine how far you can go without them holding you back. Relationships aren’t that important so don’t rush into one with the wrong person.

5. S L E E P.

As much as you can. There’s going to be nights where you pushed your project until the last-minute (although I already told you not to) and you’re going to get little to none sleep. You don’t fully function without it so make sure you get enough every night. Staying up past midnight is cool and all until you start falling asleep in class and miss the whole lesson. Some nights you’ll get more sleep than others. But trust me, weekends are a blessing, use them wisely.

6. Be organized. It helps. A lot.

If you’re like me and need things in a certain order, then I seriously suggest getting a planner. If you’re not like me and aren’t forgetful then you can just kind of skip over this and continue to the rest. It helps you remember what deadlines you have and when you have certain events. I tend to forget a lot of things so having something written out helps me see what I have time for. It also helps me not stress about everything I do (I should’ve listened to the advice I gave in #1 but I didn’t and I honestly regret it).

7. It’s not cute.

For some odd reason, some students at this school think it’s okay to talk about to adults. Please don’t be one of those students. Yes, I understand that they’re not your parents but your parents left them in charge of you. It’s not funny, cute, and the only place it’s going to get you is ISS. There’s a thing called having mannersplease use them. I don’t know why kids think it’s okay to be completely disrespectful to the teachers and staff at our school, especially if they didn’t do anything to you. Being purposely rude is 100% not okay and I 100% don’t recommend it.

8. Block away.

Don’t be afraid to block someone’s number or on social media. It’s your life and you get to decide who you want to have in it. If someone is toxic to your mental health or growth as a human being, then just block them. You’re not entitled to being friends with everyone, and it’s completely okay to cut them out of your life. It can be refreshing and can lift a weight off of your shoulders that the person had on you.

9. Not gonna lie.

As much as I hate to admit it, I have to tell the truth. There will be people who judge you. That’s just the kind of terrible society we live in today. I’m not saying everyone will judge you, but there will be a few mean ones. You just have to find those nice ones who will accept you for who you are no matter what clothes you wear or music you listen to.

10. Confrontation.

Scary, I know, but it is honestly the best way to solve problems. Not by fighting or being petty on social media but texting, calling, or talking to the person you are having problems with in person. It’s a healthier, more mature way of fixing things instead of “throwing slugs” on social media platforms. It took me awhile to learn that this way is way better, especially when I had people telling me to be mean and petty. Drama causes lots of stress so confronting the problem, and the person, can save you from all of that.

 

Social Media and the Effect Todays Youth

Our individual judgement on our own self-image becomes increasingly relevant in our lives as we age. When progressing through our development we try to achieve the goal of Self-Actualization. Once achieving this mentality a person realizes that they are satisfied completely with their current physical being or the environment that surrounds them. In the book The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf, the idea of creating an image for oneself and ignoring stereotypes that may challenge a person later on in their life is discussed. Self-Actualization helps us form a person that not only the public can be proud to be seen with but also a person that we as individuals can be proud of being.

With the increase of the use of social media in the youth of the world today, many under-developed young adults find themselves losing grasp on who they see themselves as. This is due to the pressure to maintain a certain “social image” in front of friends and peers. As mass media increases these trends begin to spread throughout social media and television leading to the kids of today being exposed to peer pressure and other trends that are spread peer to peer. This causes children to lose the ability to form their own “Self-Actualization” to help find who they are to themselves. This is due to many people worrying more about who others see them as instead of who they see themselves as. This begins the destruction of self-actualization from one generation to another, continuing the deterioration of not only, security in oneself, but also the ability to find who one wants to be in their own mind. This decides how future generations not only present themselves in public but also see themselves in their private lives. This problem in itself due to the social disorders that can stem from “fixing” one’s image to be more accepted in the eyes of society. When constantly changing who people see themselves as they cannot only deteriorate the number of friendships they have but also decline the number of new friends they can make.

In an article on the APP Gateway website from the American Academy of Pediatrics about pediatric social-media use states “According to a recent poll, 22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day, and more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day. Seventy-five percent of teenagers now own cell phones, and 25% use them for social media, 54% use them for texting, and 24% use them for instant messaging. Thus, a large part of this generation’s social and emotional development is occurring while on the Internet and on cell phones.”(Source B), This statement shows the disturbing statistics of the relevance of social media in the lives of the youth. The large amount of time that kids and young adults spend on their devices allows the input of others and of social trends around the world to interact with the individual viewing them on a more personal level. This personal interaction allows the opinions of others the effect a person tenfold, leading to the increasing likelihood that a person will conform to please the opinions of others. In source B when speaking of children and their use of social media it is also stated “Because of their limited capacity for self-regulation and susceptibility to peer pressure, children and adolescents are at some risk as they navigate and experiment with social media.”, This shows the increased likelihood for kids to alter their personas and attitudes depending on the opinions of others.

Public shaming and stereotypes are a consistent problem for that many people face in today’s society and that others have faced for centuries. This issue, which often leads to the mental and emotional break down of an individual, is an ongoing problem among young adults today. These stereotypes stem from the image myths that surround men and women today. In The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf, it states “The model fantasy is probably the most widespread contemporary dream shared by young women from all backgrounds…”, This is due to the increasing pressure on young women by one another to “be flawless” like celebrities they see on mass media. This leads to an extensive increase in the bullying of those who don’t change their style to match the images they see on social media. As it is seen more and more regular to conform with the “trends of today” many people feel the pressure to keep up with others; leading to the fear of failure. This leaves many people struggling to find their public image because the hesitation that comes along with the fear of making the wrong social choices.

Many people lose the ability to see who they are in reality due to their constant forming of their “image”. In source C it states “Some believe that a person’s self-image is defined by events that affect him or her (doing well or not in school, work, or relationships.)”, This shows how not only social media but also social interaction in general can harm a person. With the increase in the spread of social media among today’s teens and young adults many people fear that their insecurities will be more visible to outsiders. Source D states “The effects of low self-esteem can leave you feeling pretty down.”, this shows how a person without strong self-actualization is missing the necessary protection from the grasp of social judgement.

In the image shown in source E it is shown that self-actualization is the biggest requirement for a “successful being”. Actualizing the self is the greatest way to find who one is and who one is meant to be. Source F shows the lack of self-actualization in teens by showing the most common body image perceptions that teens have about themselves. These things include things as 81% of 10 year olds being scared of being considered overweight. This shows the disturbing reality that surrounds our youth of today.

Without self-actualization teens and young adults today are missing a critical strategy when it comes to maintaining their self-esteem in the face of constant external pressure. The need for a strong self-actualization is even more relevant in today’s social media based generation. With the constant pressure to maintain trends being crammed down the throats of the kids in today’s society, it is crucial that the desire for self-acceptance be entwined in the generations to come. Without self-actualization the problem of conforming will increase to grow in the youth of the world, ultimately, leading to the destruction of individualism in society.

Stranger Things

Recently, the state of affairs in these United States has taken a strange downturn. Races are crying out so that their voices may be heard; women still feel under-appreciated at home and in the workplace; voters find themselves divided among the lesser of two evils in the primary party representatives. Indeed these are strange times, and everyone seems to be entrapped in one or more of these conflicts.

Everyone older than the age of twenty-one, that is.

If we look at any high school in these United States, it would be taxing to find any student student knowing more about the 2016 presidential elections than media-fed responses such as “Donald Trump hates Mexicans,” or “Hillary is a liar.” It would be equally as hard to look at these students’ Twitters, Facebook, Instagrams or any social media platform where they haven’t put in their two-cents into the social maelstrom of #BLM and @CollinKappernick.

At first glance, it’s easy to say that the youth are just trying to get their voice out there – that perhaps they simply wish to voice their opinions to their peers and see something get done. But there lies the problem. Students simply wish to see something get done, not to get something done.

As a student, I find it increasingly disheartening to watch oh-so-many of my fellow alumni falling into the trap of generic statements on social outlets, yet when I pass by them in the hallways, they speak of nothing but the latest in-house gossip. I find it strange when some misinformed student stands in the midst of class and regurgitates the same facts and same commentary as CNN reporters or FOX reporters or the brain-vomit of any extremist on the internet.

If we are indeed the generation with the most access to knowledge, if we are indeed receiving the best public schooling there is to offer, why can only a select few individuals display the traits befitting of this fact? Why are we still letting students freely drop out of high school at the age of 16, when no job will take them seriously without at least a GED? Strangely, no one associates any of this with the current state of affairs.

To be honest (or tbh, to those who are text savvy), maybe the precipitate of this isn’t wholly the fault of the students themselves. Perhaps the burden befalls the entire generation as a whole. As long as I can remember, there has always been a mold that was pre-determined for us children of the 21st century. Parents reward anything that takes more than a micro-neuron of brainpower. Teachers congratulate students who think four times four is eight because they “at least tried.”

The age for “at least trying” is over in my opinion. The world is spiraling out of control faster than we would like to think. The ones to decide the fate of the world will be us. Be it Hillary or Trump : blue or red, they will be our president. Then four years from now, it will befall on our shoulders to decide if they shall return. The racial tension does not end at the riot shields, it ends when we say enough is enough. When people decide to stop hashtagging, and start going out and pursuing a difference – not from the comfort of the bed or the desk, but out in the real, unbridled, and tough world.

Different Views on Mexico

Most people who have never been to Mexico, think it can be a dangerous place. But people who grew up in Mexico or are actually from there call it home. So, is Mexico is dangerous or safe? This summer, I had the opportunity to take a cruise to Cozumel and Progresso, Mexico. Believe me when I tell you they are two totally different places even though they aren’t that far apart.

Cozumel is more of a tourist attraction and I felt completely safe.  There are tons of resorts with lots of activities and all for different prices. The staff, which are native to the country, always made sure we were comfortable and asked if we needed anything drink or eat. They beaches are white sand and you can walk out or swim to 15 feet deep and still see straight to the bottom, the water is crystal clear. There is a pier where you can buy anything you think of or have a spa day if you want one. Everything is very clean and nice. There’s just so much to do in Cozumel that it’s hard to squeeze everything in just a couple hours before the cruise leaves.

Progresso was mainly shops and they would chase you down to buy that one necklace you were looking at and keep lowering the price. I wouldn’t say I was scared I was probably more sad because there was a lot more less fortunate people, and they tried so hard to get you to buy something and you could tell that they needed it. It is definitely not like Cozumel where if you said no then they just left you alone (for the most part). Progresso had multiple of the same merchandize in all of the vender shops. I think me and my family were stopped at least 5 times to get a massage on the beach from multiple people. They were competing with each other to give us the best deal. Everyone was willing to negotiate to set the best deals which kept prices extremely low.

Mexico, like the U.S.has many different places to visit and like the U.S. and they can’t all be categorized as dangerous or safe. It depends on where you go and what you do there. People just assume that every place in Mexico or foreign countries are dangerous because the news media plays off the negative. Is there some parts of Mexico that aren’t the safest? Yes, but there are also some spots of America that aren’t too safe either. We shouldn’t judge a country just because we saw or heard something bad happen there through news media or other people’s negative experiences. All countries are not perfect so you shouldn’t judge a country simply by what you hear, but by what you have experienced.

 

Brain

We all have thoughts that overcome our minds, we all lose ourselves in the events that plague our brains, you see me like this, I see myself like that,  our realities are different yet the same.

How could you ever understand me when I can’t understand myself? How could you ever find the answers you need when you don’t even know the questions being asked?

All the noise, all the yelling, all the voices,

Just listen.

Looking at any situation in one specific direction can cause you to see it totally different than another person in the same situation.

Looking at any situation in one specific direction can cause you to see it totally different than another person in the same situation.

 

While taking the time to understand and see a situation from another perspective can help one understand another's situation.

While taking the time to understand and see a situation from another perspective can help one understand another’s situation.

Young Love

The following is a verbal explanation of the painting above:

I feel like you’ve forgotten me,
thrown away all of our memories,
given up on me at least anyways,

I don’t know what exactly caused this,
nor will I ever be able to be fine with this,
but I see now that there’s no hope for changing your mind on this,

I promised myself to leave in order to ease your pain,
I’d man up and take all the blame,
but for some reason I can’t seem to escape your complain,
surely baby you can see that was never on my brain,

I’m here now 30,000 feet above the world,
all that’s on my mind is my heart, my love, my girl,
couldn’t you see that all I really wanted was you and me,
no pain, no hurt, no suffering,

it was all too soon for my heart to heal,
the dagger that I felt- you would’ve thought it would kill,
but I pulled it out, stopped the bleeding and smiled back,
just so you knew that my heart towards you could never turn black,

baby ill always love you,
for you my heart will always beat,
even now when I think of your smile it takes me off my feet,

I hope he makes you as happy as you made me,
I hope he gives you the hope that one day everything will all be okay,
I hope he’s the smile when everything around you seems grey,
baby i hope he can be me again one day,

but for now all I wish is that your heart blooms endlessly,
as from 30,000 feet I stare at the sea,
baby your love was like a puzzle that seemed such a mystery,
each day without it- I lose apart of me,

I turn further into the monster I pretend to be,
because to hide the pain I need to cleanse the history,
I need some sort of relief from the drug that is you,
because it seems to me now that I’ve overdosed over the lack of you,

save me save me,
baby please save me,
I can’t do it anymore,
I’m screaming out in agony,
I can’t handle what’s now become,
because I never expected to lose in the way that I have done,

you were my number one party anthem,
My rays of the sun,
my relief from the nightmares,
baby you were my only one,

I would never have hurt you,
I would never have run,
it was me and you against the world,
you and I together as one,

but you’re gone now,
it’s okay,
I wish you the best,
because maybe you were the best and I would never say you weren’t better than the rest,

more than a lover,
like the strongest cover,
patched up a broken man,
showed him love like no other,

thank you for putting me back together,
thank you for helping me up,
thank you for showing me that there was such thing as luck,

3 am convos brought us together,
3 am convos tore us apart,
you were my 3 am convo when the whole world was dark,

you saved me from myself,
you saved me from the pills on the shelf,
you saved me from the razor that I so often felt the pain itself,

you were my guardian angel,
but all angels must return,
but don’t worry because I’ll never forget all the things you’ve helped me learn,

thanks again darlin,
for all that you did,
I just hope that you know when I wrote this,
it was all for you and no it wasn’t just because we were just kids.

The artist describes their view on the rollercoaster that is balancing the stresses of school work, social lives, and the ever confusing puzzle that is- Young Love.

By using a mixture of warm reds and cold blues, the artist allows the viewer to understand that opposites can not only attract but thrive and desire each other.

The angle in which the hands are displayed also shows portrays a person letting go off another person that is now falling. This explains how even though the heart may want to continue to hold on to a dream or person, sometimes it’s inevitable that a person must let go.

Mesquite takes on Horn

The Mesquite Skeeter’s varsity football team took on the Horn Jaguar’s on Thursday, Sept. 24th at Memorial Stadium in Mesquite.

The Skeeter’s came into the game considered by many to be the obvious underdogs but that did not phase the Skeeter’s who came into game flying high with confidence.

An almost electric atmosphere flowed throughout the crowd as the boys warmed up. The tension between the two teams sky-rocketed as the Skeeter’s consistently mocked the Jaguars during their warm-ups.

With emotions flowing the game kicked off and the Jaguars offense began to dominate the Skeeter’s defense with an outrageous aerial attack from quarterback Chris Robison who pounded the Skeeter’s defense with his accurate passing ability.

At the end of the 1st quarter of play the Jaguars led the Skeeter’s 14-7 with their only touchdown coming from a 92-yard return from junior Chance Fisher.

As the second half began the Jaguars didn’t slow, while on the contrary the Skeeter’s offense practically vanished from the game. The Skeeter’s struggled to put together any attacking pressure while a couple of fantastic defensive stands kept them in the game.

The Skeeter’s special team were the only opposition to what could’ve been a blow out at halftime with another incredible kick return from Fisher.

At halftime 28-14 was the score.

The third quarter of play was subtle from both teams with the only change in tempo coming from a 2-yard touchdown for junior Jawan Edosomwan off a pass from quarterback Anthony Tennison.

As the fourth quarter kicked off the Jaguars punished the Skeeter offense, especially Tennison who at times seemed to have the ball glued to his hands.

With Tennison going down to injury, the Skeeter’s put in senior Trooper Elwonger who instantaneously changed the pace of the Skeeter’s offense.

For the first time of the game the Skeeter offense began a legitimate threat to the Jaguar defense who couldn’t keep up with the arm of Elwonger.

The Skeeter’s nearly took the lead off a 9-yard pass from Elwonger to fellow senior Russell Gray, but the field goal by junior Eddie Sanchez was missed.

With the score now 27-28, the Skeeter defense made a fantastic stop to get possession back for their offense in good field position.

With the Skeeter’s coaching staff making questionable decision to put Tennison back into the game to replace Elwonger who had just produced a sharp possession, the Skeeter offense took the field hoping to put up a good drive to the endzone.

The drive in turn ended in disappointment with Tennison losing yards on four consecutive plays to turn the ball over to the Jaguars who in result kneeled the ball to end the game.

The final score 28-27 in favor of the Jaguars.

 

Thumbs down to the thumb down

The idea of adding a “dislike” button, or a thumbs down icon, to Facebook has been up for discussion over social media in recent years.

The “dislike” button should not be approved because it will add unnecessary issues between the person posting and the person who responds to the post with the “dislike”.

The “dislike” button allows people to respond is a negative way to those who post. It will lead to potential confrontational between Facebookers when the response is taking in  negative way. Unlike the “dislike” button, the “like” button refers to agreeance in which is positive communication between the poster and the respondent.

This button brings unneeded negativity into social media. Social media already has the potential to bring about negativity from issues and the “dislike” button should not add to it.

Although the button allows people to express their opinion and allows use of their first amendment, the “dislike” button is unneeded. Those who disagree with a post can simply comment on the aspect of which they disagree to avoid miscommunication problems.

The “dislike” button is not necessary and should not be approved. People can respond with either the “like ” button or by commenting their views.

MHS Skeeter’s Football takes on Duncanville!

The Mesquite Skeeter’s Varsity Football team took on the Duncanville Panthers on Friday, September 11th.

The Skeeter’s who were coming off a close win against the Garland Owls were flying high with excitement as they took the field.

As the game began the Skeeter’s seemed to dominate the first quarter, creating many long drives down the field and challenging the Panthers defense that seemed tired and slow.

As the game progressed the Panthers defense awoke and began physically decimating the Skeeter’s offense. This led to Quarterback, Anthony Tennison getting put into a dangerous play that ultimately led to him receiving a concussion and being taken out of the game indefinitely.

With Senior Quarterback, Trooper Elwonger now in the game the Skeeter’s offense had to regroup and figure out its game plan.

The Skeeter’s offense wasn’t the only problem the Skeeter’s faced on the night. Their defense struggled against the larger and more athletic Duncanville players who led countless drives down the field.

All hopes the Skeeter’s hope of making any comeback on the night was taken away when the Panthers recovered an onside kick attempt by the Skeeters.

The final score remained Duncanville 21, Mesquite 13.