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My Experience as Student Association President

This year has not come without its difficulties. At the beginning of the year, we were left with a $1,500 deficit. Of course this was not anyone’s fault in particular but it was something we had to work around.

We decided however, that we were going to have a fun year! We started out with the S.A. Handshake a Salisbury Beach just a few days after the school year started. We did activities to help each class become familiar with each other and we had free time for everyone to enjoy themselves and relax before the school year really got rolling.

Many activities and events ensued and it got really busy at the end of the 2015 year. We had the Thanksgiving celebration, then had to quickly plan Spirit week and Pep Rally for the start of the Basketball season. While planning and executing those, we had to finish planning for the Christmas banquet and Christmas party to finish off the semester. It got very busy extremely quickly, but all of the Student Association members worked very hard to make it happen. If you asked us, we would say it was all worth it to see everyone enjoying themselves and having a good time.

Second semester slowed down quite a bit. It wasn’t because we didn’t want to plan anything, but it was because there were already events going on that wouldn’t permit us to do any activities. We waited till February to do our annual Fire and Ice Mall trip to Providence Rhode Island. About half the school signed up to go and all who went enjoyed meandering around the mall and indulging in the wonderful food at the restaurant.

Then we tried to plan a Boston trip for the month of April and a Spirit Week, however we hit several roadblocks. We ended up not being able to make it happen. Fortunately we get to finish our year off with another Spirit Week (which is happening now) and an End of Year Party this Friday. We had planned on having outdoor water activities however the forecast changed to show thunderstorms so on a moments notice, we had to change plans to make everything in-doors. We have succeeded in this and it couldn’t have been possible without all the members of the Student Association.

Some Students do not often see what goes on in the Student Association, and it may seem like we don’t do much; however we all work hard throughout the year. We have all put time, effort, and money into making these events happen in attempting to make the school year a little more enjoyable.

To next year’s Student Association officers, I will say this: never give up. It may get discouraging, things will not work out at times, and students will complain and seem ungrateful. Don’t let that hold your spirits down. It happens every year! Just trust in yourselves and do the best you can, that’s all you can do. Delegate responsibilities and to ALL members of your team — lend a helping hand to your president. They may not always ask for help but I can guarantee they will need it much of the time, even if they don’t say anything. Always be looking to share ideas and always be willing to sacrifice your time. You’ll need to.

I promise you will see the fruits of your labor and it will be worth it in the end. I wish you the best of luck!

Do you have any advice for next year’s Student Association members? Let us know in the comments below!

College Prep: College Essays

Although this is an Adventist Academy, you may not want to go to an Adventist University. The process of college applications then becomes different. The Adventist Universities come directly to us and all we as students need to do is fill out the application, send in transcripts, and standardized test scores.
When applying to almost any other college, there is at least one required essay. Every year, a list is released with the essay topics and requirements that you must follow. You have to write one and submit it to each college essay-writingyou apply to. It’s an important aspect of your application because it gives you an opportunity to share a bit more about yourself that will make you a unique candidate to the college you are applying to.
Once you narrow it down to one topic, make sure you have a point you are trying to make with your essay. Do not ramble on about something. Don’t jump from topic to topic. It’s important to stay on one topic – a story or experience. Share what you learned from it or something you want others to learn!
You also have to make sure that you relay something that the admissions officer doesn’t already know from your transcripts. If you talk about how you have good grades, your essay will be pointless. Make it interesting for the reader! Captivate them with descriptions and feelings. Immerse them into your experience! These people can read through hundreds of essays and this essay could push you through to acceptance.
Try keeping the essay current. Don’t talk about something that happened when you were 5 years old. Even Middle school is pushing it. They want to know who you are today. Of course, you can put in little details from your childhood that lead into the current story – but again, keep it current.

Do you have any stories that are rare and interesting? Go for those! Write about something that the admissions officer may never have heard of before. The internet is full of examples of great essays. So what did we cover? Is it unique, appropriate, recent, did it influence you into becoming who you are today, and do you have concrete examples and imagery? Keep these things in mind when choosing the topic, coming up with an outline, and writing for your final product! Good luck!

Do you have any good essay examples? If so, share them with us below!

Anonymous Advocate: A Guide to Flunking Finals

The end of the year is a very exciting time for struggling students everywhere. As the semesters draw to a close, the word that’s on everybody’s lips is the single most terrifying thing that exists to date, finals. And while tearing out your hair,changing your name and moving to some secluded country in Africa are all very good options (highly recommend as well), most of us are poor, underaged, and/or both. So the only other option that students are left with is to study! Pfft.

And so, I’ve graciously compiled a helpful guide on the proper way to flunk finals!

  • Don’t stress

The most likely probability is that even if you fail, like completely, your grades aren’t going to plummet into oblivion. Some exams might be worth more than others, but it’s not your entire grade for the semester.

  • But study hard

Just because I told you not to stress doesn’t mean you don’t study. Don’t slack off just because it’s the end of the year, at least try. Study to the best of your ability, if your teachers let you have a sheet of notes, use the sheet to take notes. If your teacher says that a certain thing will be on the test, study the thing. You can fit everything on that sheet of notes, trust me.

  • Don’t spend too long studying one subject

You’ll only exhaust yourself studying the same subject for hours on end, so take a break every once in a while and pick a different subject to review. You’ll get a lot more covered and your brain will thank you for the change.

  • Remember to sleep too

If you study too hard and don’t sleep, you will fall asleep during the test. Take this from someone who fell asleep twice  during their bible exam. You need to study but you need to sleep as well. Go to sleep at a normal time (12:00 a.m is not normal) and study again when you get up, then review for a little bit before the exam.

  • Take naps!

Who can honestly say (children excluded) that they don’t like naps? But in this case, taking naps could be beneficial to you. While studying and sleeping at night are important, taking naps throughout the day can help refresh your mind and give your brain a fresh start. So take a nap.

  • Use your time wisely

Pfft. Try to use your time wisely. Do you really have time to be partying and hanging out with your friends when you have an exam in the morning on your worst subject? Should you be face-timing your boyfriend when your test tomorrow could possibly give your grade the boost it needs? Probably not. Remember, they don’t care about your grades, chances are, that they’ve already studied (or not) but they’re not looking out for you, you are.

  • Create a schedule 

That being said, you cannot completely devote your day to studying. Make a schedule and assign time slots to each task that you need to complete. It might be hard to keep at first, but it’ll make it easier for you to manage your time by giving you a visual representation on how your using it.

  • You’ll do fine

The only thing holding you back is yourself. Everybody has the potential to be great, don’t waste it because of the petty opinions of others. Work hard and even if you don’t get a perfect score, at least you tried. Hard work always pays off, and the rewards are worth it in the end.

Pfft.

Anonymous Advocate: College is Calling

Q: What tips do you have on preparing for college?

A: Cry

  • Make sure to plan ahead of time, like middle school ahead of time

Trust me, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Planning ahead will help you sort your life out, so that you can decide which colleges that you might be interested in going to, instead of wasting time later. 

  • Failed step oneFocus on trying to get the best grades through ALL FOUR years of high school. 

Most people seem to think that they only need to get good grades in the last year of high school, but the longer you wait to clean your act up, the harder it’s going to be to find a college that’s going to want to accept you. On top of that, high school is supposed to prepare you for college, so don’t slack off. 

  • Take AP courses. Even if you don’t get an A, it still shows that you’re capable enough to handle the work. 

Yeah sure, they’re hard, but trust me they’re worth it. They look great on your college application and they show that you tried. And once again, they’re preparing you for all those tough classes that you’re about to take in college. 

  • Teachers are your friends. 

From what I’ve come to understand, they want to be there about as much as you want to be. So put their time to good use and ask them questions. Don’t think that you’ll just wing it, that won’t help you at all. There’s no winging it in college. Ask. 

  • Practice ahead of time for both SAT and ACT. 

And by practice, I mean practice. Take courses, study study study study. And try to get the best scores as possible, it’ll pay off in the long run when you’re applying. The higher the score the better the impression. 

  • Spend sufficient time on your college essays. 

You have all this time, don’t do it last minute. You’re writing about yourself, so be as narcissistic as possible, within reason of course. Write, rewrite, have your teachers or parents review it for you. Basically, make it worth their time and your money. 

  • Extracurricular activities are your friends. 

Whoever said that sports and other after school activities weren’t important was lying. They show that you can work with other people and your ability to do other things other than schoolwork. Plus scholarships too!

  • Get organized. 

It takes 21 days to either make or break a habit, so fix your disorganized and messy lifestyle early on. Getting organized can alleviate the stress that comes with preparing for college. Not only organize your stuff, but organize your life so that there’s less improvising and more success. 

  • College fairs 

That’s it. 

  • Apply early. 

Don’t wait till the last minute to apply for college. Most people start applying December of their senior year, and rush to finish. Don’t be those people. If you already have a clear decision, consider applying for early decision, the deadline is usually in November, so start now. 

  • Make sure to pack accordingly. 

You’re no longer going to be at home. Learn how to do your laundry, learn how to cook, pick up your dirty socks, nobody likes a dirty roommate, and nobody likes someone whose always asking for things. Bring what you know you’ll need (hair products, bed sets, snacks, clothes, etc.) there’s tons of websites with ideas on what you should bring with you, go check them out. Make a list, check it twice, then after you check it twice check it six more times, just to make sure. 

  • Cry

This is literally your last chance. You’re leaving your friends, your family your life, behind, and there’s no crying in college (jk there’s a lot of crying). So cry while you can but put on a brave face when you get to your final destination, remember confidence is key. 

Anonymous Advocate: Troubling Times

Q: How to comfort your friend when they lose someone?

A: The BEST thing you could possibly do for them is to just be there for them. Since most people would rather not have anyone around them when they’re going through a hard time, it’s best to just let them know that you’re there for them, whenever they need someone to talk to. And for those people who do seek physical comfort, try to be there for them as much as you can be. You don’t necessarily have to understand what they’re going through, and chances are that you really don’t know what they’re going through since each person’s struggles are different, but just listen to them and be there to support them.

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