Taking risks and branching out

In Editorials on January 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Growing and becoming a well-rounded person is part of becoming an adult. Photo courtesy of Kristen Hegel

By: Kristen Hegel

            Helen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” As much as we all try to lead adventurous lives and try new things, many of us remain stuck to the norm. Being open-minded and branching out is a very important quality to me, and I also think it should be important to others as well.

            High school is the point in our lives where we really begin to have the opportunity to try new things, get involved with activities and meet new people. This is the age where we start developing into who we will become for the rest of our adult lives; now is the time to begin practicing habits that will help us live an adventurous life.

            First off, the phrase “try new things” is very vague and can imply many things. In this case, vague is good; it means there are many things in which you can try. Whether it be trying new foods or picking up a new hobby, you can never go wrong. The worst possible thing that could happen is that you don’t like it. You never know if something you try is about to become a major interest and/or hobby in your life.

            Trying new things should also apply to school. Whether it is trying new classes, joining a club or befriending new people, you could be discovering something that could spark your interest. Throughout high school, I have taken a variety of classes which have given me new interests and new friends. I challenge you to do the same, because you never know when you’ll stumble upon something that you enjoy doing. For seniors who are venturing off to their next step, I challenge you to do the same wherever life takes you.

              Growing and becoming a well-rounded person is part of becoming an adult. Trying new things and being open-minded is a part of branching out and leading a productive, adventurous life. Are you going to let your life be a daring adventure, or nothing?


Welcome to Senior year

In Campus Life on January 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm

By: Summer McCrary

               Senior year is a wonderful time for most teenagers on the face of the Earth.  When seniors graduate, they hopefully will become more independent in making their own life decisions. This time in someone’s life can be really stressful and exciting or both, depending on the person.

One of the first things that seniors need to do is decide if they are going to college or into the work force right after school. Photo courtesy of Kristen Hegel

               There are many things that you can do to prepare for senior year and graduation.  First, you can make a list of all the things that you need to do, keeping senior year and graduation in mind. One of the first things that seniors need to do is decide if they are going to college or into the work force right after school.  If you want to go to college, you need to take the SAT and apply to a few colleges.  Seniors also need to think about how they are going to pay for college and will need to apply for financial aid and/or scholarships.  Seniors also have to remember to order their graduation items such as cap/gown, announcements, and any other graduating paraphernalia.  Seniors have to also remember to keep up their grades, even after they get accepted into college.  Colleges look at grades from second semester and can rescind your acceptance if you don’t do well. 

              For many seniors, they will be moving out of their parents’ house after graduation, whether it’s into an apartment or a dorm room.  This can be exciting and scary.  With a new place to live comes a lot of responsibility such as having to pay bills, cook dinner, do laundry, and manage homework.

               Along with responsibility come some perks as well.  The perks of being a senior are that we can have extra days off from school when it’s the end of the school year before graduation.  Another perk we get is more time at lunch to socialize with friends during Fall Fling and Spring Fling here atFortMillHigh School. These activities are what make being a senior something to look forward to for an upcoming graduate.

                Senior year can be a really great time for many students.  While it can be stressful, remember to enjoy every minute of it because you only get one senior year.

Adoption vs Foster Care

In Editorials on January 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm

     By Stephanie Proctor  

     Have you ever wondered what foster care and adoption are? Have you ever thought about their differences? Why do kids want to be adopted verses staying in foster care? How did kids removed for the first place?

Stephanie Proctor smiles for the camera Photo courtesy Rose Snipes

      Foster care is children are placed into a home that they have never seen before with parents they have nerve met. Being adopted means a child becomes apart of a new family. New parents take on the responsibility from the biological parents and raise the adopted child as their own.   

         There are a lot of differences and some similarities to being adopted and being in foster care. The differences are the guardian, (permanent/nonpermanent), and what happens when the child turns 18. A foster child’s guardian is the state. Being a foster child means that the child doesn’t have a permanent home. The child is there until he/she is either adopted, return home or have to move to another foster home. When parents adopt the child, the stay child is permanent unless the adopted parents decide to give them back. When the young adult turns 18 he/she can sign themselves out of foster care. The similarities are that they in both situations with the child don’t their biological parents. The parents have to go through paperwork and do background checks. They both are start after kids are brought into the Department of Social Services (DSS), which is when kids and young adults are taken away from your family, then the kids are placed into foster after the child then can be adopted.

            When it comes to contact with the biological parents, there is a difference. When a child is first placed into foster care for about year or two, DSS allows him/her to see his/her family. Sometimes after the parent’s, rights are terminated, which means to the real parents are not their parents? More the case worker can give the foster parents permission to allow the kids or kid to write to their biological parents. While still in foster care, they become a warden of the state.  When adopted, it is up to the parents to decide. Sometimes the adoptive parents will say no for the child’s best interest.  

            So being adopted is not a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with being in foster care. Some kids are fine with talking about it and others would rather keep it to themselves because they don’t want people knowing they were taken away from their parents.  Kids and young adults go into foster care for many reasons. So hopefully you learned something.