Tips and tricks to survive high school

By: Fiona M.

High school is a huge barrier that both blocks and represents our future. To be able to grasp that future in your hands, you need to be able get that diploma. But who said High School was ever easy? Here are a few tips and tricks that will definitely help you get over this big boulder.

  • School Supplies

Making sure you have everything you need for the new school year is very important. Make sure you are stacked on the pencils; they will go missing once and awhile. Get at least five notebooks and folders because not all of your classes say that you need a notebook. Make sure you are getting materials that your classes might not have in stock for you, for example, rulers, calculator, pens, etc.

  • Get Lots of Sleep

Sleep, sleep, sleep! Making sure you have your nightly routine prepared for you everyday will surely help you when it comes to sleeping in on time, and will definitely help you at school. According to the website Sleep Deprivation and Memory Loss, your brain is able to process information you learned that school day, when you sleep early. Also, when students wake up early, they have more time to get things done, like eating breakfast. You will feel so much more energized and happy if you sleep early, and you’re grades will thank you.

  • Be on time to class

Coming to class on time is very beneficial. If you come to school in the middle of the class period, you have basically missed out on really important information your teacher has given you, and you will start getting behind in your work. I’m pretty sure you hate repeating yourself when you’re explaining something important to someone right? Well, the teachers feel the same way. But if you come to class on time, you wouldn’t have to ask questions that were already covered.

  • Pay attention

Don’t snooze off in the middle of class, don’t text your friend, and definitely don’t annoy the students around you. By doing these things, you distract not only you, but your teacher and your peers. You came to school to get your education so sit up, grab your notebook, and listen. Or else you will stay behind and struggle to bring yourself back up again.

  • Use a planner

Planners are very helpful when it comes to getting your homework done. Keep a small planner in your backpack where you can jot some notes down, or write down your homework. This is a great solution if you have trouble remembering if you have homework or not.

  • Don’t procrastinate

Procrastination is a student’s worst nightmare. To help with this, make your own deadlines. If a teacher gives you a paper to write and it’s due in two weeks, make it due in one week, so you have the whole week to relax and get other things done for other classes.

Why are books usually better than their movie

By: Mateo Barrera

The movie version of a book usually is made after the book has had major success. This has happened to many books including the Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson series, and the Maze Runner series to name a few.  All of these movies have been super successful, take Harry Potter for example, which grossed 7.7 billion dollars in 2012, after The Deathly Hallows Part 2 came out. However, a lot of movie versions of books don’t quite meet the expectations of the people who read the book. Here are some of the reasons that cause that.

The characters and their actors

One of the major parts of books is giving the basic description of a character, but also letting readers imagine how the characters look. However, an actor can’t always look exactly like the character in the book. For this reason readers will often believe that the movie will be an inaccurate representation of their favorite characters.

They change the original story

In some movies they change the original story to something else, add new things that never happened in the book, or cut scenes from the original story. This can either be good or bad, but in some cases it is bad. It’s bad because sometimes people want to see their favorite scenes from a book put onto the big screen, but then it turns out it has been cut out of the movie entirely. Sometimes when they add or cut things it creates plot holes in the story.

Characters thoughts

Probably the biggest reason for a book being better is the inclusion of a character’s thoughts. Books include thoughts to make characters’ actions make more sense, add extra detail to a character’s feelings or emotions, and also to make the story continue without just missing a bunch of important things. But in a movie, the inclusion of a character’s thoughts never really happens because it can ruin the pace of a movie and the mood, and make a movie really dull and boring. Because of this, you can really only tell a character’s emotions and feelings from their facial expressions, body language, and how they speak. This makes it hard to tell how a character is truly feeling.

All of these reasons usually end up making the original book better than their movie counterparts.