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When I was a freshman, it felt like a century would pass before I would finally become a senior. I never believed the seniors when they said, “Time flies by quicker than you can imagine.” I believe them now. As a fifteen-year-old, I would have liked a bit of guidance on how to navigate high school. Through trial-and-error I made it, of course, but I think a little bit of advice would have gone a long way; not just for me but for countless others. Hopefully, freshmen can learn from the seniors of 2019.

Senior Adrianna Luman said, “My advice to freshmen would be just to enjoy high school. Participate in any extracurricular activities you can. You’re stuck in high school for four years, so you might as well make it enjoyable. Have fun, but stay out of trouble and keep up with your grades. Don’t worry about the little things, most of it won’t matter in a few years. Just make the best of it, it’ll be over before you know.” Jaycee White’s piece of advice is, “Boyfriends and girlfriends don’t make your high school experience. Get involved you will not regret it! Get out of your comfort zone! Procrastination is not a joke. Use your ten days wisely. Make friends and find your people!”

“My advice would be live your best life and don’t let others stop you from being you. Let yourself focus on the memories and live in the moment. Find your crowd and find your real friends,” said Emily Cox. Aspin Sanders’ advice to freshmen is, “Stay to the right. Don’t be mean to Mrs. Schiffner—she’s an angel. Don’t get into drama over boys or girls. Walk in the halls; don’t stand and talk with your friends in the middle of the hall. Most importantly, boys won’t matter in three years, so don’t inflate their egos by crying over them in the bathroom.”

Braxton Sullivan’s words of advice are, “Your GPA matters a lot, so pay attention to that. However, your GPA doesn’t define you. Try your hardest to keep it up. Live in the moment, don’t worry about wanting to get out of school. Enjoy your time when you’re in high school. It flies by so fast.” Jackie Aguero said, “Don’t just revolve yourself around the same people because you never know if they’ll still be there for you in a few years.”

The thing that caused me the most grief throughout high school is my perpetual habit of procrastinating. I have often waited until 7:00 p.m. to start assignments. This has caused many late nights that consist of intervals of writing and crying and just wanting to finally go to sleep. Teenagers need more than five hours of sleep per night in order to function properly and to generally be nice to others. Freshmen, I urge you to never procrastinate. Seriously, don’t do it! It has made things more difficult for me than they need to be because of it. Get your assignments finished in a timely manner. Your future self will thank you. Also, like Braxton said, just live in the moment. Four years is shorter than you think. Take time to reflect on things and surround yourself with good people who encourage you to follow your dreams. Remember, you can do anything. Believe in yourself.---Mackenzie Slusser

Students, teachers, and hipsters alike all agree on at least one thing; coffee is the answer to many problems. Four hours of sleep? Coffee. Need some pep in your step? Coffee. Have a paper due at exactly 11:59 p.m. and you haven’t even started to write it? Coffee. Grabbing your girl and pulling out of here to win? Coffee . . . and Bruce Springsteen. Though we aren’t always on a midnight run to get out of our loser towns, we still have coffee. So, what is it? What makes coffee so utterly irresistible? Is it the routine of getting out of bed, groggily shuffling to the kitchen to make a fresh pot, and pouring that first cup (or second, or third) before you start your day? Somehow, that ritual alleviates, albeit temporarily, the stress of the coming day.

As it turns out, coffee has a myriad of health benefits. According to the website, “Caffeine Informer,” “[Coffee] reduces suicide risk and depression. A 10-year study of 86,000 female nurses shows a reduced risk of suicide in the coffee drinkers. From the Archives of Internal Medicine. Another study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drink 4 or more cups of coffee were 20% less likely to suffer from depression.”

“Caffeine Informer” also claims coffee aids in the longevity of life. “Greek boiled coffee linked to longevity and heart health. Another study published in the June 17, 2008, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that women who consume coffee had a lower risk of death from cancer, heart disease, and other factors, which therefore promotes a longer lifespan. Yet another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that coffee drinkers were at less risk of dying prematurely from diseases like diabetes, heart disease and forms of cancer.”

The website, “Coffee Science,” stated, “A regular cup of coffee can keep cognitive decline at bay. It’s no secret that coffee provides a temporary boost in memory and brain activity. But what most of us don’t know is that frequent consumption of coffee can as well prevent cognitive decline related to mental anomalies such as Alzheimer’s disease. In an extensive study, experts found that taking around three to five cups of coffee every day has some unique benefits that can’t be replicated elsewhere. They associated it with 65% reduced a risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s in later life . . . ”

As a full-time student, I typically depend on coffee to give me the energy to accomplish things. Being busy is one of the most tiring and stressful things out there, but it is also the most rewarding. While drinking my morning coffee, I take time to reflect on things I don’t have time to think about during the day. The instant caffeine kick also helps me shake the fogginess from sleep which, in turn, helps me gear up for the day. A quote by Alan Packer has been going around in my head during my reflections over coffee lately, “We can do hard things—it’s the impossible that takes a little longer.” If you are a coffee drinker, cheers! If you are not, that’s okay, too. Just hold on to whatever makes the world a little bit of a nicer and brighter place for you. Remember, we can do hard things.--Mackenzie Slusser

Riverdale Reigns

Riverdale is an American teen drama television series based on the characters of the Archie Comics. KJ Apa is playing the role of Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones. Riverdale has been a popular TV show airing on the CW on Wednesday from seven to eight. Recently, the third season came on the air and has been a great hit. 2.3 million people have viewed this program, making it the highest-rated and most-watched episode of the show to date.

Riverdale is my new favorite show and is one of the best new shows I have seen come out lately! It captivates you and is a show you could watch for days on end. I highly recommend this television series if you are the type of person that loves a little mystery in the shows you watch. It also has a little romance for all those romance lovers out there. The actors that are playing the roles of the characters are doing a fantastic job of portraying these roles from the Archie Comics. I have been hooked on this series since the new season came out a couple of weeks ago. You still have time to get as hooked as I am on this show. I highly recommend this show and it has been a great addition to the CW channel. It comes on Wednesdays at seven, so mark your calendars so that you do not forget to check out one of the hottest TV shows out there!

--Gracie Summers

Deadlines Suck! Journalism Staff Tells All

We all deal with deadlines in our own unique way. Many people take the somewhat detrimental route that is procrastination. I have a confession to make; I am one of those people. When I get to the crux of the problem, it is that I am stuck in the neverending, unyielding loop that is perfectionism. I want so badly for my assignments (especially those that have to do with writing) to be things that I can be proud of and that I can confidently stand behind. So, I invariably put off working on my assignments until the night before they are due because of the pressure I put on myself. There have been too many late nights and crying jags to count because of my endless ride on the conveyor belt of procrastination. Procrastination seems almost impossible to shake but I will try my hardest to be rid of it, regardless.

Senior and co-editor of the yearbook, Emily Cox, said, “I try to work ahead because I never know what I have going on. I try to have everything done a week before, so the week of the deadline I can go and perfect everything.” To get her creative juices flowing, Emily revealed that she turns to “deep or sad songs” in order to write motivational texts for the yearbook. Senior and co-editor of the yearbook Jaycee White admits that she is a “big procrastinator.” “Once the [creative] juice kicks in, I’m ready to go. I can get it done really fast.” When asked what motivates her, she responded with, “Music. Country music, like Brad Paisley and George Strait; the old-school guys.” Music seems to be the key to motivation among the journalism staff, myself included.

Sophomore Katie Grice states that she has to “get in the zone” when dealing with deadlines. “I do have a bunch of late-night thoughts about it. I’ll be thinking about it and I get ideas about it. It’s like one of those things where it’s like at the moment you can’t think of anything, but then when you’re, like, thinking about it at a different time you know what you want to do.” Creativity ebbs and flows and, for some, it is impossible to complete an assignment in a timely manner because they are waiting for that right idea or angle. There are a few people who simply toe the line that lies between procrastination and good time-management. Balance is definitely a virtue. There are quite a few people who can miraculously achieve balance in many aspects of life, including time-management. Sophomore Keily Brown is one of these people. “I try to get everything done as soon as possible so I’m not super stressed out. It’s very stressful though because I really like being on the newspaper staff but it takes a lot of effort.” We, procrastinators, have something to learn from non-procrastinators. In the end, putting off work that needs to be done causes an inordinate amount of stress. Especially considering that the assignment could have been completed days before the actual date that it was due. Unfortunately, it seems like procrastination turns into an almost unbreakable habit after some time. For health and sanity of mind, I implore you to not join the club of procrastination. Life is not about stress, after all.