How to destress from college applications

It’s that time of year where senior’s are the busiest with college applications. This is the time when you get to apply to those schools you have been dreaming to get into, and it can be exciting but, it is a long process and can get very stressful. We have to remind ourselves that we need to take some time for ourselves to destress a little. Here are some tips on how to do that:

Take breaks. After working for several of hours, you can get tired and you’re most likely not understanding what your reading. It’s good to take breaks because you can have that time to just destress and step away from the computer screen. This is a time when you can really just close your eyes and really focus on your breathing.

Be yourself. I know that when writing college essays, it can be be hard because you want to write a good college essay, but sometimes, students write college essays that they think colleges want to hear. A lot of the times, they just want to get to know you and that’s why it’s important to be yourself when writing these essays. They want to hear what you went through  and how it made you the person you are today, and you just need to remember that.

Ask for help. Sometimes, you can be in over your head and you don’t think you’re doing things right. It can be helpful to have one look over things for you just to make sure you’re on the right track. This can be beneficial to you because you can get feedback and notes and can make changes before you hit that submit button.


How to have a better relationship with your teachers

When beginning school, everyone has the mindset that they want to start school off strong, and do well, and finish off that year. It will be hard, but there are tips and tricks that will help you figure out how to do your best. Teachers play a big role in this because they will be the ones helping you make sure you try and get the best possible grade, but that’s only if you let them help you.

 Starting off my freshamn year, I went into high school thinking that I would be able to do things on my own and be independent. I really just wanted to prove to myself and others that I was able to do things without any help.

Things started off great at first but I eventually started to feel hopeless and felt like I wasn’t doing anything right.

By quarter 2, things started to get harder as we were getting to learn new things. I would always just tell myself that I didn’t need to ask the teacher for help, and i would just figure it out on my own, but then I saw that my grades began to slip.

My self confidence in myself began slip, and I knew that it was time to ask my teachers for help.

When I decided to ask for help, I realized that I didn’t need to be alone, and I had wonderful teachers to help me out. As I started to ask for help, I realized that I got to become closer to these teachers, and I realized that we got along pretty well.

One techer in particular became one of my favorites and I ended being in her class all four years of high school whether that was taking a coure of becoming a TA.

Now, I have realized that asking teachers for help is a good way in helping you become closer with teachers, because they really do help, and you can spark a realtionship with them that you will get to look at later in life.

End of the 1st quarter

By:Maggie Alarcon

When it’s close to the end of the quarter, people tend to start panicking and stressing out about turning in their work on time. Most students leave their work to do, or to turn in, until the last minute and end up getting a bad grade.

Although some teachers are flexible,and extend the due date, or let you turn it in later, you still won’t get the grade that you wanted.

During the end of the quarter, you usually get a summative assignment: either a test, or project, or just work.

Your grade depends on how well you do on the summative and how well you prepare yourself for it. It goes easier for you if you actually put in time and study for it.

The whole week of the end of the quarter is very stressful, and you have a lot of pressure to have everything turned in, making sure your grades are good and everything is in order.

The importance of the SATs

I personally think that the SATs are important for many different reasons, but before discussing the importance of it, here’s a brief history of how it came to be.

Carl Brigham, who worked with Colonel Robert M. Yerkes on the army IQ tests, published a book: A Study of American Intelligence. This book analyzed the data from the World War I army mental tests. Brigham came to the conclusion that native born Americans had the highest intelligence out of the groups tested.

In 1925, Brigham devised his own college test known as the Princeton test, and by 1926, he had created the SAT (The Standard Assesment Tests) for the college boards. The SAT would be taken in high schools by students before they would go off to college.

There are different reasons why the Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are so important. For one, it’s how colleges cormpare your scores to other applicants around the world who have applied to college, so if you have a perfect GPA and a perfect SAT score, college admissions will be impressed, and you would likely be acccepeted into that college.

In high school, if your GPA is not what you were expecting, and is extremely low, taking the SATs might be a good idea because if your GPA is low and your SATs scores are high it can boost up your lower GPA. Because of this, college admissions may accept you into college, and this may even lead to scholarships. The SAT scores can also show a clearer picture as to whether your GPA and transcript are accurate according to your academic ability.

Another reason why the SATs are so important is that the jobs you might apply to may ask for your SAT scores, and if you don’t have those scores, because you didn’t take it, that might lead to you not getting the job. According to an article on, a surprising range of companies ask job seekers, from entry-level consulting applicants to senior-level banking applicants, to produce old SAT scores.

Many students that are going off to college may ask, why take the SATs? Taking the SATs can help you get into college because most colleges in the United States require that you take the SAT to compare your scores with other applicants around the world, and also, if you get a high SAT score, some colleges may offer you colllege scholarships and you can get more job offers later in life.

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Tips on procrastination

Procrastination Word Cloud Concept in red caps with great terms such as anxiety, delay, behavior and more.

Procrastination is an easy way that all of us get stuck. And yet, we may not even realize we’re doing it. When we unknowingly act “stuck,” we create reasons in our heads that supply us with enough logic that we can delay the task at hand, but we should not do that. Procrastination might seem like the best thing to do at that very moment, but all that work catches up to you so fast. Here are a few tips on how to avoid the act of procrastinating.

  •   Keep a planner. By having a planner it is so much easier to write down everything that you need to get done and when it needs to be done. Plus, you don’t have to actually remember anything when you write it down, all you have to do is come back to your planner


  •  Make your own dates. Usually your teacher gives you something to do and then assigns a date for when it’s due, but a smart way to not procrastinate is to set up your own dates. Say your assignment is due on Friday, make a note in your head so it’s due on Wednesday. By doing this, you get things done before everyone else, and you don’t even need to worry about anything procrastination related.


  • Eliminate distractions. This is probably the hardest one yet but it really helps. Whenever you sit down to do any type of work, check these things first.
    • Are you hungry? Make sure you eat before you sit down to do work because you don’t want to be getting up to eat.
    • Is your phone vibrating? Turn your phone off and leave it in another room so you’re not tempted to check it.


  • Bargain with yourself/treat yourself. If you tell yourself to do your work now, you can hang out with your friends, or go to the movies later. And also, don’t be afraid to treat yourself after hours of work. Be proud that you were able to finish a few hours of work in only a couple hours without checking your phone once.



Looking for a car?

Are you looking for a good car to buy for your first car? Or a good car for a low price? Here is some information you might want to know beforehand.

Cars under $10,000

Are you a first time buyer or a college student? Take a look at these vehicles, they’re some top sellers with average prices at CarMax under $10,000 as of April 30, 2018.

  • Smart ForTwo
  • Chevrolet Cobalt
  • Dodge Caliber
  • Mazda Mazda3
  • Chevrolet HHR

Cars under $15,000

On a budget? These five vehicles had average prices at CarMax under $15,000 (based on prices from January 2017 to December 2017) and were top sellers at CarMax in January 2018.

  • 2014 Nissan Altima
  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
  • 2014 Honda Civic
  • 2014 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2014 Nissan Sentra

Cars Under $30,000

Looking for something a little more luxurious? Check out these vehicles with average prices under $30,000, based on CarMax sales data from December 2017 through May 2018.

  • Nissan Altima
  • Toyota Camry
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Hyundai Elantra

Car seat friendly Cars

Need to transport your youngster(s)? Or do you have a younger sibling you have to drive around? Check out these five car-seat-friendly best used cars.

  • 2016 Honda Civic
  • 2016 Toyota Camry
  • 2016 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
  • 2016 Honda Accord

Cars for teens

Are you a first time driver? Check out the best used cars on this list, based on CarMax sales from November 2017.

  • 2014 Nissan Altima
  • 2014 Toyota Camry
  • 2015 Nissan Altima
  • 2014 Ford Fusion
  • 2014 Honda Accord

Manual transmission Cars

Do you love driving cars with a stick shift? Here are some of the best standard transmission cars, based on available features and sales at CarMax stores from December 2017 through May 2018.

  • Honda Civic
  • Ford Focus
  • Fiat 500
  • Nissan Versa
  • Mini Cooper

Compact SUVs

Is your crew on the smaller size? November 2017 sales show these to be CarMax’s five top compact SUVs.

  • Ford Escape
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Honda CR-V

Crossover SUVs

According to sales and data from November 2017, CarMax customers think these crossovers are the perfect size.

  • Nissan Rogue
  • Honda CR-V
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Edge
  • Toyota RAV4

Electric cars

It is easy being green when you’re driving one of these top electric vehicles, gathered from sales at CarMax between November 2017 and April 2018.

  • Nissan LEAF
  • Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Volkswagen Golf Electric
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV

Hybrid cars

Hybrids are gaining in popularity with US drivers. Here are five top hybrids, based on CarMax sales in January 2018.

  • 2015 Toyota Prius Two
  • 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  • 2014 Toyota Prius Two
  • 2015 Lexus CT 200H
  • 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Luxury cars

For a list of sleek, stylish rides that pamper you with cool features, check out these used luxury vehicles, based on sales at CarMax stores between November 2017 and April 2018.

  • BMW 328
  • Mercedes-Benz C300
  • Lexus ES 350
  • Chrysler 300
  • Infiniti Q50

Modern muscle cars

We love muscle cars! Here are five of CarMax’s best used cars with heaps of horsepower, based on sales information collected between November 2017 and April 2018.

  • Chevrolet Camaro LT
  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS
  • Ford Mustang GT
  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost

How to deal with drama at school

By: Durartu and Fiona M.

Drama can be everywhere, and it can really take a big toll on your everyday life. At school for example, If you are stuck in the middle of drama, it is really hard to bounce back on track. Here are a few ways you can stay away from drama at school.

1. Choose Good Friends

Picking the right group of friends would definitely help you a lot when it comes to “hanging out with the right crowd.” It’s important to have a bunch of people you can trust and come back to when things go rough, for study sessions, and more. But it also helps the fact that drama will  be out of your life. When picking the right friends that you love and trust, it’s so much easier to have a good school year with no drama.

2. Treat Others How You Want to be Treated

  • Speak to and of others how you would like to be spoken to, and about
  • Make an effort to respect people even if they don’t show you that same respect

3. Walk Away From the Situation

Sometimes it’s best to walk away from the situation rather than staying in it and letting it get bad. A lot of times, people don’t realize that these situations can be very toxic and really affect you in a bad way at the end. Most times, it can get to the point where rumors start to appear and that can never be a good thing. If you know that arguing back and forth isn’t going to make things better then just save yourself the stress and just let it go.

4. If it Gets Serious, Talk to a Teacher

Drama can be handled at a certain standard but at times it can get bad. I personally have seen situations where an individual was verbally attacked and it was pretty bad. If that is the case, then talking to an adult may help. Telling on people, I know, doesn’t seem cool, but at the end it will be all worth it because it will resolve the situation.

5. Don’t let it Affect You.

In situations like these, it can really take a toll on a person and can make you feel different about yourself. Try and remember that you don’t need to let it get that far. Always remember who you are and what you’re about. Don’t let others take that away from you because you are stronger than that.

Hiway: Momentum

Momentum is an interactive financial learning platform that Hiway has launched to help youths and anyone else who wants to know more about finances. There are different financial topics that are explained in only 3-5 minutes, with visuals that are easy to understand. There are many different topics that you can learn about; it is not just checking vs. savings account. For example, there is a section about buying your first car, and about getting your first paycheck. There is even a section about college.

Each section, has specific topics that will help you learn more. For example, in the “College Possible” section, there is a budgeting tool that helps you get an idea on how much you should save and how much you should use.

There is also a section on money basics which is a very good start if you don’t know much about finances. The text is meant to be easy to read and they also have transcripts of their audio portions.

One of my favorite sections on Momentum is the “Helpful Calculators.” This section has different types of calculators, kind of like the budgeting calculator, but for other things such as: life insurance planning, emergency savings, student loans refinancing, and many more. It helped me learn more about how I can budget my money and allows me to make better decisions regarding the money I will use to spend.

Another one of my favorites is the section “Your First Car.” Getting your first car is exciting, but there is a lot of money that is needed and that includes the money for getting insurance to cover for your car. This section prepares you to know information on insurances and loans that will be useful. Also, this section lets you know more about the importance of your credit score, including what factors could easily impact your credit reports, and how you can make sure to avoid situations that could negatively affect you score.

Here is the link to the Momentum. It is a platform that you should definitely checked out:

Libraries and the services they offer

By: Vivian S

Libraries offer a great many services to everybody, especially students, that we should be taking advantage of. First of all, libraries have a wide range of books that we can borrow at almost any time, which are very useful for both research and leisure reading.

The Saint Paul Public Libraries also offer students Library Go, so we all have our own accounts now. With Library Go, we have free music downloads with Freegal, we can check out ebooks from a giant online collection on Overdrive, and we can also get audiobooks and magazines.

The library has also created a resource list that we can use for research. It has a wide variety of sites that cover many different subjects. It starts us out with many trusted sites.

There is homework help offered both at the libraries and online. You can find a list of when the in-person help is available at:

For the online help you can use Brainfuse HelpNow, although you may need to make your own account. Brainfuse has many services such as mock tests you can take, explanations of subjects, and flashcards to review. You can even send in questions to be answered, and there is live tutoring online as well. The homework help is a very good resource.

The library also offers to print documents for you, and there are computers you can use. There are also ACT practice tests and driver’s permit practice tests available.

There are many different book clubs you can join. One for teens is called Teens Know Best, where you get to read young adult books before they are published. There are also events you can join, such as Createch.

Most Saint Paul libraries open between 10 a.m. and noon, and they close between 5 and 8 p.m. The schedule is online and varies by location and day.

Ms. Rahman, our school librarian, has told me about the variety of services the school library offers, including a giant collection of books in multiple languages, iPad help, research help, printing, board games, and puzzles.

All in all, if you have not started using the library’s resources yet, you really should.

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.