How to Deal with Senioritis

High School GraduateAre you a freshman dreading the next four years of high school? Or are you a sophomore taking practice SATs in order to prepare yourself for next year? Maybe you’re a junior who has started going on several college tours in preparation for your final year? Or perhaps you’re a rising senior who is most likely in the midst of applying to colleges with an imaginary countdown inside of your mind leading to graduation.

Even though I had minor symptoms throughout my junior year, the widely spread phenomenon of “senioritis” hit me with full force once I entered my last year of high school. Keep reading…

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My Role Model – Anne Frank

anne-frankThere are many role models out there that inspire different people. I would have to say that one individual who has made an impact on me is Anne Frank. I believe that Anne Frank made a historical difference because she was only a 13 year old girl telling her story about her experience during the holocaust.

When I first read her diary it made me think about things differently. I realized that no matter how scared I am, showing that I’m brave in a difficult situation helps. I also look up to Anne Frank because not once did she ever lose hope. Keep reading…

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Summer Daze

teens-at-campSpring has now arrived, reminding us that before we know it school will let out and summer will be here! Can you believe that it’s already time to start thinking about what summer might have in store for you?

You can explore many different opportunities to fill up your summer. You might want to look for a job or a volunteer opportunity to start building your resume or maybe you’ll want to find a camp to improve your sports skills. Keep reading…

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Looking Within

PCOS BlogAs a young woman diagnosed with PCOS, you’ve probably been counseled about the importance of following a low glycemic diet and exercising more to help manage your symptoms.  However, hearing the word “diet” can cause a fierce knee-jerk reaction which is then likely followed by thoughts of restricted eating, and who likes that? And then there’s the word “exercise” which sounds like a lot of work at a gym. It can all be overwhelming. But wait- what if you thought of diet and exercise as more like a gradual life-style change? Paying attention to your portion size, eating smaller and more frequent meals packed with protein, and moving more are just a few ways that you can make changes that will last a lifetime. Keep reading…

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The Clean 15

OrganicOrganic foods were once “specialty items” only found in health food stores. Now, when you enter most grocery stores, you’ll notice that produce items are often in both the conventional (non-organic) and organic form. But which should you choose? In a perfect world, we should all eat only organic foods. Buying organic produce ensures that the food we eat is free of pesticides, man-made fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), which can be bad for both our health and the environment. However, health professionals recognize that organic foods are not always available at local grocery stores and they are often more expensive than the non-organic options.   Keep reading…

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Amy’s Story

cloud-of-smoke-698397_640Amy Caruso was 15 years old when she first smoked marijuana. By the time she turned 17 she was using cocaine, ecstasy, and pain killers. She wrote in her diary: “I thought I could get away with just smoking pot in high school and controlling my curiosity for other stuff. But everywhere I go I somehow find the drug crowd… Like I honestly think I can beat my yearning for drugs and   s—.”  At age 20, Amy found her way into rehab. While battling her addictions she continued to find comfort in journaling.  One day she wrote: “I feel like the drugs have taken over my soul. What happened to the strong, motivated young woman I was last spring?… I stand today as heroin’s puppet, feeling as if every fiber in my being is dull, responding only to the stimulation of potential drug use. The disease has a stronghold – a white-knuckled fist, fingernails ripping through my skin, prying deeper and deeper into my body.” Keep reading…

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STAND

STAND-no-bylineHave you ever heard of the club STAND? When I first entered high school, I did not know much about the clubs and organizations at my school. Therefore it took me a while to realize what STAND was and the purpose of their organization. Keep reading…

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Spring Forward

tree-alley-with-pedestriansWho doesn’t love the smell of spring? It may not look like spring but it sure does feel like it. My favorite part of this season varies from my birthday, to Easter Sunday, to warm weather and of course sports!  I think that spring is the season to get up and go try something new. I love going out on long walks and just enjoying the warmth and the sun. Winter is usually the season when people just hide behind closed doors because of the freezing temperatures, but now  that winter is finally gone, I think that it’s time to go out and see the flowers blooming, and all of the animals coming out of their homes. Keep reading…

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Cell phones: Addicting or advantageous?

cell-phoneBeep, Beep. You reach into your pocket and pull out your cell phone. Send that quick response text and slip your phone back into your pocket only to pull it out minutes later. Is that a bad thing? According to a 2012 Time Magazine Survey, 84% of respondents who took a survey about cell phone usage said that “they could not go a single day without their cellphones.” We live in a world where pretty much everyone has a cell phone and there is a constant debate on whether we are slowly becoming too dependent on them or if we have found just the right balance. Keep reading…

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What’s living in your gut?

anatomy-160524_640The digestive system or “gut” is home to trillions of microscopic bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract and play a major role in our health. Our gut is a really complex environment that consists of both beneficial (good) and harmful (bad) bacteria that are known as our “gut flora”. Gut flora is predominantly found in our intestines, which are in the lower part of our stomach area. The intestines are long, tube-like organs that help you digest food, absorb vitamins, and eliminate waste. Keep reading…

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