by katie flack
Every student has goals and passions and to accomplish these dreams means putting in some extra work. In the case of Junior Tinna Liu, this involves taking on not one, but five Advanced Placement (AP) classes for the purpose of one day becoming a computer scientist.
Last year, Liu took AP World History, which helped her to prepare for her increased workload this year. Currently, she is enrolled in AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and AP Calculus A/B. If that was not impressive enough, she possesses A’s in each of these classes as well. She said, “[My classes are going] good so far. . .I usually, like, try my best to spend time at school doing homework, like, more efficiently.” Liu explained that in addition to fulfilling her dream, she wanted to take AP classes in order to improve her grade point average (GPA), as receiving a grade in an AP class counts as a letter grade higher when factored into one’s GPA. Furthermore, the benefits of AP are clear when one takes into account the possibility of receiving college credit from the AP exam at the end of second semester. However, the rewards cannot be gained without a price. Liu mentioned, “[AP is] more stressful than other classes and you have more homework than in other classes.” Moreover, students cannot find every subject that they study to be simple. Liu stated, “I think AP Lang [AP English Language is the hardest] because I'm more in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] field and AP Lang is the only thing I'm taking that's not in the STEM field.” During the times where the workload is becoming too difficult, Liu is able to rely on help from friends and teachers so that she is able to succeed.
With the surplus of work, it can become difficult for Liu and others like her to balance life and school. She stated, “I’ll try to finish schoolwork, like, as fast as possible and whatever time is left, I'll spend that for [free time in] life.” As she progresses in her high school career, she hopes to be accepted into top universities and her successes with her AP classes are helping her get there. “[AP classes] can prepare me better for college,” Liu asserted. On top of that, her impressive SAT score of 1540 along with her community service hours gained through clubs on campus are sure to be helpful in guiding her to her ideal schools and later, to her dream career. For students who are interested in following the example of students like Liu and taking on a large AP workload, she suggested, “I think they [students] should try to take AP classes that are related to the fields of their study in college.”
Considering Liu’s impressive feats, it is not hard to believe that she has a bright future ahead of her. With three more semesters of high school to go, Liu’s academic successes will only continue to grow in number.
BY YALENA AGUIRRE
Riding a bike has been an activity people partake in daily to travel place to place without constantly using cars. This is especially true when getting to school on time everyday. Although arriving to school by driving or walking are alternatives, riding a bike provides greater mental and physical health towards students and staff, as well as providing environmental benefits.
The benefits of biking are countless when concerning transportation methods for arriving to school. Biking daily to school has put greater emphasis on the physical health of students, as they are low impact workouts on their bodies, increases stamina and is time-efficient, as riding a bike replaces time spent on driving vehicles with exercise instead. “Well, it [biking] keeps me going, it sort of energizes me...physical wise, I have good stamina, I think that definitely helps,” explained Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature teacher Mr. Larry Wells. “Certainly the bike ride in the morning helps keep me going throughout the day and gives me that energy and push,” Wells emphasized. Biking truly does have its physical perks on riders, but it also comes with the mental perks cycling to school gives to frequent riders.
The mental benefits biking has on students and staff on campus include relieving stress, raises self esteem, reduces anxiety, and various other beneficial advantages on riders. “I like the idea of having ‘me time’. It gives a sense of freedom. I can listen to music, I can think, and it is like an escape and it is really a solitary experience,” Wells elaborated, “It certainly keeps me motivated and energized… that idea of being on the bike and being able to do what you want and that sort of escapism that driving does not give you.” Sophomore Junrui Chen also explained personal mental comfort riding a bike to school daily has on him. “It make me feel good and it makes me feel happy,” Chen emphasized. Many riders believe that bike riding the personal reward biking has on their physiological state, as well as satisfying to many riders, as they allow people on campus to enjoy the lively and freeing experience bike riding has on them.
Cycling on a daily basis has many helpful advantages on the natural environment, as it uses minimal fossil fuels, reduces greenhouse gas emission and is a pollution-free mode of transportation. “It never produce gases [in the air] and it is man-powered,” Chen explained. Wells also touched on the subject of environmental advantages by expressing, “I think it does, I think it is just better for the environment. . .you look at a place like Holland and those countries who are predominantly biking. . .there are streets that cars are not allowed on and just for their [people’s] bikes. They make barriers on the street to ensure safety,” he describes. Biking has not only many impactful benefits on our health,but it also leaves benefits on the environment.
Riding a bike has been one of the most popular methods of traveling one place to another with ease daily without consistently driving cars, especially arriving to school. The benefits of a rider’s lifestyle as well as their physical, mental, and environmental impact on their lives are as endless as the feeling of joy and energy every bike rider experiences.
by gisel flores
For the majority of people, finding time to relax is a problem in their lives that can be stressful in itself. Especially for many young adults busy being involved with work, school, or sports, relaxation is not a part of the routine. With the many ways of coping with stress and helping someone relax, one method that has been said to help with relaxation is aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is a type of therapy that utilizes scented oils made from flowers, herbs, bark, roots, peels, and petals. This kind of therapy has been practiced for thousands years, even dating back to ancient Egypt. The scents found in the oils trigger the scent receptors in the nose that then send the messages to the brain, which then releases serotonin, the brain’s “mood stabilizer.” Serotonin is able to calm the brain down when it is experiencing stress. Scents such as lavender have a calming property that allow the body to relax itself during a stressful situation. This scent has also been known to help ease headaches, migraines, and even depression. Another beneficial essential oil is cinnamon, one that could be used to help someone focus on school work or studying late at night. Cinnamon is found to decrease mental fatigue and allows one to concentrate more on what they are doing. Using peppermint while studying has also been found to help one brainstorm, promote concentration, and aid one in thinking more clearly. Aromatherapy does not require going to a special spa or salon. Essential oil diffusers are made to clear out the air in a room and bring in fresh scents which then leads to better sleep during the night. Senior Maddison Beardsley said, “I grew up using aromatherapy and I use it to fall asleep. It’s very natural, good for your mind, body, and soul.” If an essential oil diffuser is not in one's budget, a simple technique for using oils is dabbing a few drops on the wrists and rubbing both wrists together. This lets the oils seep into the skin and allows the scent to last a long while. Using essential oils for meditation has also been found to relax the body and mind. Combining both of these methods for aromatherapy can increase one’s attention span, self-awareness, fight addictions, and even create kindness by cleansing the mind and body of “negative energy.” Beardsley said, “I do recommend aromatherapy because it just stimulates your body to wind-down and really relax.” Taking ten minutes out of one’s day to sit down and clear the mind can help calm down stress or relieve anxiety.
With aromatherapy, one can control the type of relaxation they want to receive. Adding aromatherapy to one’s routine can clear a person’s mind and body of negative toxins that keep it slowed down. Essential oils can be found in countless stores, making them accessible to people almost anywhere.
By katie flack
Anime is becoming increasingly popular among students in recent years due to the unique qualities it possesses. Its distinctive style has helped it become an acclaimed form of entertainment. Many people appreciate the different elements that go into anime and continue to enjoy it.
Anime is a style of animation originated in Japan. The word itself is the Japanese term for animation. Many people enjoy different forms of anime because of its themes, visuals and storylines. Senior John Litton, president of Anime Club, said, “The reason I like anime so much is the creativity to what's behind it and the amount of stories, the plot. . .the characters that are in it and sometimes it can be a lot more interesting than what reality T.V. shows have to offer, anything like that.” Anime fans prefer anime to other types of television shows and movies because they enjoy the elements it possesses. Many find that the content of anime is different from those of other shows and movies and they appreciate the sense of individuality that many forms of anime tend to display. Sophomore John Fetu said, “[What is special about anime is] it’s mostly that it's a different art style or category of cartoons and. . .it's just a little bit of everything there, slice of life or adventure or anything. . .I think it’s [my favorite thing is] how it's relatable.” Due to the unique creativity present in different anime works, a multitude of people find it to be an enjoyable form of entertainment.
The recent rise in anime’s popularity can be linked to many different factors. Fetu attributed its increase in popularity to many people’s desire for new forms of entertainment, considering the recent decline in television viewing. Litton said, “Anime is becoming more popular. There's a lot of things going on in it. Sometimes it's like the sense of innocence that comes from anime, like, ‘Oh, I'm watching cartoons again.’ But anime isn't just some cartoon show for, like, little kids. There's a lot more depth to it,” Litton explained that anime often consists of many characters who may not appear to be much, but are more deep and complex than meets the eye. Many people tend to appreciate these kinds of characters because they exhibit traits that can be found in everyday life, helping them to be more relatable and enjoyable. Factors such as these have been reasons why anime is enjoyed by a large sum of people and is continually gaining new fans.
Many of the most popular anime shows and movies have introduced people to the fanbase. One of these is Sound of the Sky, a show about a bugler in the army in a post-apocalyptic world that, because of its interesting plot, complex characters and visually appealing graphics, has become popular among many anime fans. One anime movie that has had a similar effect is Your Name, which follows a teenage boy and girl who set out on a quest to meet each other for the first time after swapping bodies. Shows and movies such as these have encouraged many people to watch anime and are continually enjoyed.
Many people appreciate anime because of its unique plot lines, characters, themes and more. Its recent rise in popularity gives an indication of a continued growth in its popularity in the future. Anime fans are passionate about their form of entertainment and are excited for more people to join the anime community.
BY brooke Larson
Vaping is a new trend that has gained popularity from pre teens and teenagers, some vape everyday or only on occasion with friends. The appeal of vaping comes from the buzz feeling that is stimulated by nicotine. Or for other people who smoke the non-nicotine one, the appeal is the tricks that are done when blowing out the smoke and impressing friends. Another draw of vapes is that there is no stigma around it like there is with cigarettes, it is a new device that has been redesigned for the younger generations. Vapes were originally supposed to be a device to help smokers get off of cigarettes. But, the popularity of vapes with the younger generation has changed the product to be more directed towards kids. Vapes are now sold in a variety of kid friendly flavors, and are being sold with and without nicotine in it.
Many people like electronic cigarettes or vapes because they think that since it contains little nicotine, there is little health risk. This is the vaping generation, and many people are starting to vape with no knowledge of the health risks, because there are no generations before this one to show the long term effects vaping can have. However, vapers have already been shown to be twice as likely to have chronic bronchitis or have “popcorn lung”, the scarring of airways in the lungs. The gases from vaping also promote severe gum disease, despite the belief they do not because there is no color staining or bad breath like there is with smoking cigarettes. There may not be as much nicotine in a vape compared to a cigarette, but there is still a risk to becoming addicted to nicotine through vaping. Vice Principal Mrs. Ingrid Taylor knows too well about nicotine addiction, and fear students do not know the real risks. Taylor expressed her concerns over vaping, and explained that, “It’s causing people who would have normally never light a cigarette to become addicted to nicotine.” Despite vapes and electronic cigarettes being sold that have no nicotine, there are other chemicals in them such as diacetyl and acetyl propionyl that are associated with respiratory disease. The flavored vapes and electronic cigarettes have a high number and concentration of chemicals that do not make it risk free.
Many young vape or electronic cigarette users bring their vapes with them to school, which is causing a district problem. “District wide, since January, we have had almost a hundred incidents with vapes across our districts and they are hitting middle schools too,” said Taylor. “As far as sight wide, most of the high schools and middle schools have about fifteen to twenty each in the last two months, and those are only the ones we catch,” she added. The main message Taylor is concerned about for students is that they do not completely understand all the risks of vaping.
If the draw is for the buzz feeling that comes with vaping, there is a real possibility of becoming addicted to nicotine and turning to cigarettes in the future. Vaping is a popular lifestyle, and just as there is an appeal to it, there are some risks to it. It is a personal choice whether or not to enter in on this trend, and as the trend grows, more research on it will be available to help make this decision.
by jillian green
For most students, coffee is a morning routine, and most choose to stop by Starbucks before school. Although conveniently located by the school, Starbucks is not always for everyone. Thankfully, Temecula is full of small business coffee shops, such as Ryan Bros., It’s A Grind Coffee House, and Liquid Leaf, all of which serve delicious, high-quality coffee and provide a great experience.
One important component of a successful coffee shop is the environment. Cafés benefit the local community, offering a place for social gatherings, business meetings, and study halls for students. Local coffee shops can provide a cozy atmosphere along with a nice cup of coffee. “I go to Ryan Bros. a lot. It’s like a really cute coffee shop. It has benches and a patio to go drink your coffee,” said Sophomore Georgia Sanchez. Coffee shops provide a peaceful setting that allows people to fully appreciate their drink. “It just depends on what you like. If you like more quiet areas, you should go to a local coffee shop, [since] hardly anyone’s there,” Sanchez said. Because of their quieter setting, most coffee shops are perfect for downtime, especially since there is a wide variety of beverages to choose from. “I go to The Liquid Leaf. . .it’s a small coffee shop, like no one ever goes there…it’s more special. They have their own brews and different specialties. It’s a really nice place,” said Senior Kaylee Luc. There is more to a good coffeehouse than just what is on the menu, and the atmosphere of the place proves to be a very important aspect.
Of course, the most important part of a coffeehouse is the coffee. Quality coffee at a reasonable price is what brings people back for more. “The prices are fairly the same, like three-ish dollars, but they also have different sizes than Starbucks. It seems like you’re getting better quality because of the service also,” mentioned Luc. Although some of the drinks are a bit pricey, according to Sanchez it just “depends on what you’re getting.” Alongside the classic coffee that these places offer, students can be adventurous with some of the interesting brews. Coffee at these nearby locations are flavorful and explorative with their unique combinations.
Besides the coffee itself, the service of a café is also essential for a good experience. From personal experience, the lively yet homey air of some of the coffee shops around Temecula is inexplicably warming. Students will easily fall in love with the ambience of Temecula’s local coffeehouses. “It’s more personal, I guess, if you’re a regular like I am they’ll try to learn your name,” Luc said, “They’ll have more conversations with you, and it’s a lot less busy.” The atmosphere of these places are cozy and chic. For those looking for home away from home, it is easy to consider local coffeehouses in Temecula
If a student is looking for more out of their average cup of joe, they should explore Temecula’s coffee shops. As Luc encouraged, “You [should] branch out and try different places rather than just Starbucks, which is very mainstream.” Most local coffee shops are only a short drive from the school and open fairly early. Local coffee shops are filled with unique experiences and beverages students will definitely want to come back for.
by jillian green
There is much for high school students to look forward to as the year goes on, but often times tasks from day to day life end up gobbling up student’s savings. Fortunately with the help of various applications and websites, making money can be simple and effective for students. There are many products that are popular to buy and sell and students can easily make these products too.
Online, there are many websites that specialize in selling particular products. Some of these websites are places like Etsy, which sells crafts and art-related products, eBay, which allows its users to sell just about anything, Letgo, which sells similarly to eBay but finds local buyers and sellers, and Depop, which sells clothing and accessories. Although there are many other websites out there, these tend to be the most successful and most popular. When selling products online, it is important to be patient and persistent. Oftentimes, users have to build up followers before the cash really starts flowing. Junior Julia Leslie finds inspiration by, “looking at famous profiles or watching YouTube videos that deal with fashion and what’s popular or in season.” Once a student has found the inspiration for the products to sell, looking and acting professional will help students come off as trustworthy and will be more likely to sell their product. The products being sold should be in good condition and accurate to the description as well as being at a reasonable price. Leslie said, “I use Depop and Ebay and make usually around one hundred bucks a week. [I did this] by selling clothes and accessories.” With a little hard work and creativity, students are sure to make money on these different sites.
There are many different products that are popular to sell from different categories. Some of the most popular products to sell are things like clothing, makeup, shoes, furniture, electronics, artwork, jewelry, and toys. “Popular products are hoop earrings, unique pieces of clothing and belts,” Leslie said. If students have old, gently used products like toys or clothing, websites such as Letgo are great for giving those products a new home. Leslie said, “I had too many clothes, and I didn’t know what to do with them so I sold them online.” Old school and vintage looks are becoming more and more popular, and some are willing to pay full price for things like mom jeans, long skirts, overalls, and graphic tees. Handmade artwork is also popular, so students with a little creative edge can sell artwork online for a good price. The best way to sell well on these sites is to be creative and original.
These sites can be a great way to buy or sell products to people everywhere. There are many different ways to make hobbies become businesses, and students can look for more advice from friends, family, and online. “Some advice: the customer is always right,” Leslie said. With persistence and determination, small shops can easily become a big hit. Students should keep an eye out for good products to sell and good deals at local thrift shops and keep working towards making money and saving up.
BY YALENA AGUIRRE
Getting enough sleep is something students tend to struggle with. Not getting enough rest can lead to a drowsy feeling in the morning, harder time concentrating in class, and low energy throughout the day. There are ways students can get enough sleep at night even when they have many assignments to complete. Once students are able to balance their time and get a good amount of sleep, despite busy academic schedules and extracurricular activities, they will be able to wake up in the morning with more energy.
It is important to sleep in order to have enough energy to get through the day. Not getting enough rest can lead to low energy in the morning. However, there are different methods to ensure that students get enough sleep. Such methods include listening to soft music, eating a light snack, shutting off electronics before bed, and many more can help students get sleep despite their schedules. “I make sure that I get enough sleep by maybe listening to music and going to bed early,” stated Freshman Yousef Masry. Masry always makes sure that he gets enough sleep at night in order to feel energized and productive throughout the day. Freshman Chloe Koblinski also stated, “Basically, I try to go to bed by a certain time, or if I don't get enough sleep at night, I’ll take thirty minute naps when I get home before I go to practice.” Koblinski added, “I sometimes look through my phone before I go to bed and listen to music as well.” Both Masry and Koblinski present different ways students and teens can balance sleep with their schedules and extracurricular activities.
Going a night without proper rest can lead to problems with students’ health. Sleep deprivation and drowsiness are common among teenagers which are caused by stress and poor sleeping habits. Students’ grades and attention span are poor because of imperfect sleeping habits. Therefore, it is essential for students to find time to rest even with their busy schedules. Masry and Koblinski explained the importance of sleeping for students. “It’s important to sleep so you can have enough energy for the day and to not deal with drowsiness in the morning,” Koblinski noted, “Sleeping is good for everyone and is healthy too.” It can be easy for teens to balance the amount of time they sleep with their schedules, so it is important to get a good night’s rest, otherwise it can lead to poor nighttime habits.
Sleeping is something that provides health benefits and academic benefits for students, so getting enough rest throughout the day is essential for getting through the day. With the help of different methods to achieve more sleep to save more time for activities, teens will be able to balance their time sleeping and feel stress-free in the morning.
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